Fallbrook High School’s girls cross-country team placed 15th among the 17 Division II schools in the CIF San Diego Section meet Nov. 19 at Morley Field in San Diego.
The Warriors’ team score, which is based on the finishing positions of the fastest five runners, was 392 points. Oceanside placed 14th with 374 points and Hilltop had 393 points for 16th place.
“They did okay,” said Fallbrook coach Tim Hauck. “It went about the way I expected.”
Although Fallbrook’s first finisher, sophomore Audrey Petersen, finished 42nd overall, her time of 18:34 on the 2.75-mile course was 1:10 faster than her performance in the 2015 CIF meet. Gisselle Rivera ran the 2015 meet in 20:35 and this year the junior had a time of 18:49, which gave her 53rd place.
“Both the girls have had great improvements. They finished very strongly. I’m real pleased with that,” Hauck said.
The first CIF meet for junior Katie Cummins resulted in an 89th-place time of 20:00. “That was a real good performance on her part,” Hauck said. “Katie Cummins had a tremendous year. I was really pleased with what she did. She made big improvements this year.”
Jessica Wilbert completed the course in 20:52 to give the sophomore 104th place. “She ran well,” Hauck said. “She had some illness towards the end of the season.” Wilbert had a time of 19:43 at the 2015 meet.
The other three Fallbrook runners were all competing in their first CIF meet. A time of 22:21 gave freshman Riley Barrios 115th place; sophomore Katie Hutzler became the 116th finisher 22:30 after the race began; and junior Desiree Jones took 117th place with a time of 22:46.
“They ran real well. They got better and better as the season went on. I couldn’t ask for more,” Hauck said.
Hauck joined the Fallbrook High School faculty in 1979 and will be retiring at the end of the school year after 38 years of teaching, so the 2016 cross-country season was his final coaching activity other than the high school’s freshman academic team. “It was a good way to go out,” he said.