Girls Cross Country: Nunez a step above

Runnner of the year: Jessica Nunez
School: South Hills
Grade: Junior
Notable: Nunez finished the season the way she began – as the top girls runner in the area. She opened the fall by winning the Fastback Shootout at Mt. San Antonio College and completed it with a solid showing at the CIF State cross country championships. In between were solid performances, including a personal best time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds at the Woodbridge Invitational, where she finished sixth overall. Her season began on a hot and sunny day in Walnut at the Fastback Shootout on Sept. 8, when she turned in a stunning time of 11:33 to take first. But more importantly to her, she beat rival Hillary Hayes of Edison High School, who finished 18 seconds behind. She then went to Woodbridge and finished a strong sixth with a personal record of 16:55. Nunez was the dominant runner in the San Antonio League, earning MVP honors after sweeping several league meets and finishing first at league finals with a steady 18:11 time. She followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the Division II race at the CIF-SS championships with a time of 17:43. Nunez concluded the season with a 13th-place finish and a time of 18:26 at the state
Quotable: “The highlight for me was at the Woodbridge Invitational. I really wanted to use that (event as a barometer) and I was really pleased to run that 16:55.”

Coach of the year: Dave McKissick, South Hills

First Team
Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, Fr.
Liz Zuniga, South Hills, Jr.
Angela Tu, Wilson, Jr.
Lenore Moreno, West Covina, Sr.
Natalie Decamp, Charter Oak, So.

Second Team
Lauren Justus, Glendora, Jr.
Amanda Camarillo, South Hills, Jr.
Priscilla Llanos, Rowland, Fr.
Reina Sotelo, Los Altos, So.
Heather Jackson, Bonita, Fr.

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