Claremont High School Cross Country turns up the heat

Claremont Courier

by Steven Felschundneff |

September 24, 2021

On Tuesday, Claremont High School cross country coach Bill Reeves’ frustration was growing. He had a room full of antsy teenagers but school health officials were concerned that it was over 100 degrees and might be too hot to exercise outside.

Coach Reeves explained the team had two different routes that were largely in the shade with many locations for water, but the situation remained in limbo. Finally, at about 3:45 p.m. he got a text, “It’s 99, have at it.”

The combined boys and girls teams ran south on Mountain to Larkin Park for a water break and that’s where Coach Reeves chose to monitor the workout’s progress. Shouting encouragement from the shade of a light pole, he also made sure each runner knew the water fountain’s location......

CHS has a long tradition of producing quality cross country teams and this year is no exception, with Prep Cal Track ranking the boys fourth and the girls fifth in CIF Southern Section Division 2.....(Click the Title to read the full article)

Pack in action: Hwang and Carvalho join the CHS cross-country staff

The Wolfpacket

Melina Tisopulos

Oct 5, 2020

With the implementation of CIF’s new COVID-19 safety guidelines, cross-country athletes are preparing for a season with challenges unlike any faced before. Fortunately, the team will be welcoming two new coaches to help persevere through these unique circumstances: CHS cross-country alumna Sydney Hwang and math teacher Brittany Carvalho. This duo will be joining the cross-county coaching staff, and they hope to help the team achieve another successful season.

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Peattie, Coles set the standard at Crystal Springs

Damin Esper

Oct 12, 2019

Claremont, the defending CIF-State Division II champion, also won the Championship Varsity Girls race, led by an outstanding performance by Coles, the defending Southern Section D2 champ. She broke from the pack early and threw down an impressive 17:25.4 -- more than 53 seconds ahead of her teammate Azalea Segura-Mora, who finished second in 18:18.8.

"It was a lot taking it out fast and taking advantage of the downhills," Coles said. "I got some input from the varsity guys saying that they didn't go out fast enough and that they wished they had because they were working around people, trying to stay up with them. I decided to go and I was going my pace and I realized that it was kind of just me. So I had to make this split decision whether I would just go in the first part or whether I would just play conservative. I just decided to go for it and I just took off and I just was on my own pace."

Claremont finished with 65 points in the race, 10 ahead of Livermore Granada.

Gushue, Briscoe win titles at inaugural Temecula Twilight

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Jeffrey Parenti

Oct 6, 2019

TEMECULA -- Claremont junior Angie Gushue wasn't used to running at the front and hadn't won a race since early in her freshman year. And when she pulled away early and held off a late push to cross first in the Varsity Girls race at the inaugural Temecula Twilight Invitational on Saturday night, 'tears of joy.'

Yucaipa senior Justin Briscoe had scanned the entries to the Varsity Boys race and knew he had a chance to win but that talking about it wouldn't get it done. When he pulled away early and left the pack in the dark on the 1.5-mile two-loop fast track at Galway Downs to cross with a season best, he said he was humble and thankful that it all came to fruition.

The first-year meet in a bucolic setting in the southeast edge of Temecula attracted 30 schools to compete on the course layout of co-meet directors Coley Candaele of Vista Murrieta and Bill Reeves of Claremont. The cozy layout in a unique setting was mostly flat with long straights, minimal turns along a trek across manicured soccer fields, dirt paths, alongside a horse track and through a tunnel. A tunnel? Yes, a tunnel!

The course is designed for maximum spectator viewing with half a dozen passes within steps of the start/finish area. Temperatures forecast between the mid-80s and low-60s were comfortably between that range. All in all, it was reminiscent of other evening 3-mile XC events -- the early-September Cool Breeze at Pasadena's Brookside Park (meet directed by Reeves), and Woodbridge, held at the SilverLakes Sports Complex in Norco with the envious reputation as the fastest 3-mile meet in the land.

Gushue was one of two individual champions for Claremont and Briscoe was one of four individual champions for Yucaipa.

Great Oak, with its A teams on the East Coast, putting on an impressive sweep of Race of Champions team titles at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, NC, nonetheless displayed its tremendous depth winning five of the eight team titles with two second-place finishes and one third.

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2019 CIF Southern Section Rankings as of 9/30/19

Journal Star (Peoria, IL) - California team coming to Detweiller Park

By Stan Morris of the Journal Star

Posted Sep 18, 2019 at 9:58 PM

The annual Richard Spring Invitational cross country meet will have a little California flare this year.

That’s because Claremont High School, a state power in California, is scheduled to compete in the mega meet Saturday hosted by Notre Dame High School at Detweiller Park.

This won’t be the first across the country cross country meet for the Wolfpack. In his five years at Claremont, veteran coach Bill Reeves has already taken his teams to invitationals in Washington, Minnesota, Idaho and New York.

“I like traveling to different courses, different parts of the country, the different states and my team does too,” Reeves said. “I’m looking forward to going to Peoria, Illinois.”

Reeves was looking for a trip this season and was told by the MileSplit California coordinator that Detweiller Park is the third fastest course in the nation.

“All the courses out here are not aesthetically pleasing to look at,” Reeves said. “Some are not in good parks. It’s nice to go to a good park to run cross country and put a pair of spikes in.”

The Claremont boys team, which has two runners (Adam Trafecanty and Yoon Choo) that have run under 15 minutes, is ranked in the Top 5 in California. The girls, with three girls under 18 (Maddie Coles, Azalea Segura-Mora and Angie Gushue )are three-time defending state champions and currently seventh ranked.

“I’m thrilled that they’re excited to come to our race, come to Peoria to see what it is,” Notre Dame coach Dan Gray said.

The history of Detweiller Park also intrigued Reeves.

“To be a California team and come to the same course as Craig Virgin and Jim Spivey and Chris Derrick and Donald Sage and Jorge Torres... and Tim Broe -- all these studs that have come through here. It’s fun to see where you would stack up to these state of Illinois and national greats, something you don’t get on every course,” Gray said.

The 78-team boys field includes Class 3A top-ranked Elmhurst York, 2A second-ranked Chatham Glenwood and 1A top-ranked Olympia. The 79-team girls field is headed by 3A fifth-ranked Hinsdale Central, as well as three-time defending individual 3A state champion Katelynn Hart of Glen Ellyn Glenbard West.

Claremont Courier- After a huge 2018, CHS cross country looks to dominate

August 29, 2019 4:42 PM

The 2018 Claremont High School cross country season was outstanding to say the least, with nearly every accolade and victory covered.

The list includes: girls and boys Cool Breeze Sundown Showdown champs; girls and boys Stanford Seeded Race team champs; girls Manhattan Invite team champs, boys third place; girls and boys Palomares League champions; CIF Division Two Southern Section, girls champions and boys runners-up; CIF Division Two California State girls champions and boys third place, and finally girls Nike Cross Nationals, 12th place in the nation.

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2019 XC Season Preview

Jeffrey Parenti

Aug 22, 2019

The outstanding 2019 sophomore class of girls includes three who placed among the top five in the Division II race at the Southern Section Championships: Champion Maddie Coles of Claremont (528), fourth place Emma Hadley of Anaheim Canyon (behind the runner in the yellow), and fifth place Tiani Goeson of Phelan Serrano (2031). (Credit: Frank Bellino)

In this article, we look at the deep group of girls in the 2022 class, highlight some of their accomplishments as freshman, and show where they rank in the class in both the U.S. and in California heading into what figures to be a stellar sophomore season.

The current class of sophomore girls had an epic freshman fall of 2018.

By the numbers -- just how epic is the girls class of 2022?

1 - Defending CIF-State Champion -- Riley Chamberlain of Folsom Del Oro (SJ) in D-III

2 - California 2022 girls who rank among the top 10 for returning girls in the class in the 5K distance in the United States -- Chamberlain and Tiani Goeson of Phelan Serrano (SS).

4 - U.S. ranking in the class for 5K by Riley Chamberlain based on her 17:12.70 romp through the state meet XC course during October's Clovis Invitational.

8 - Freshman girls who placed among the top nine in their division at the State Meet (list below)

10 - CA 2022 girls among the top 50 returners in the U.S. for 5K

15 - CA 2022 girls among the top 100 returners in the U.S. for 5K

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