Congratulations to Viewpoint Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams - both were Southern Section Division 5 CIF Champions at Saturday’s race at Mt. Sac (Mt. San Antonio College) in Walnut. This is the first CIF championship for the Cross Country program in Viewpoint’s history and only the second time both a Boys and Girls program has won a CIF championship together in the same year.
JiaLian Mackey ’23 and Micah Gutman ’25 led the Girls team, placing 2nd and 6th, respectively and earning All-CIF Honors. Ella Katz ’25, Erin Beazley ’23, Kendall Conte ’25, Sofia Tapia ’23, and Lucy Landsbaum ’23 all finished in the top 40, helping the girls grab the championship.
The Boys were led by Jordan Conley ’25 and Olly O’Connor ’26, however, the next three runners including Kasey Lee ’24, Maximo Rusmeepongskul ’23, and Ethan Argano-Rush ‘24 finished within 23 seconds of each other, the smallest 5-man gap of any team that raced that day. Eric He ’25 and Patrick Caldwell ’26 rounded out a strong team performance getting all seven boys under 18 minutes. Both teams raced the best they have all season, making Viewpoint history!
The Upper School gathered on the plaza at the start of lunchtime today to announce, acknowledge, and cheer on our Cross Country team and their coaches as they prepare to compete at the State Championship at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, November 26. The Girls race begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Boys race starts at 10:00 a.m.
Coaches Alison Corneau, Pat Neville, and Justin Hackitt were ecstatic about the team’s success. Together they said, “This season has had highs, lows, hills, speed, injury, recovery, illness, success, speed bumps, tears, laughter, stress, hope, but, most of all, each other. From early morning summer practices, to grueling afternoon practices in the September heat, our team has put the work in, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Their hard work paid off as they toed the line ready to race, not for trophies, but for each other.”
Again, congratulations to the Cross Country team and Go Patriots!