For only the second time in Ojai Valley School history, the girls’ cross country team took part in CIF preliminaries on Saturday, a race that drew more than 3,000 high school runners from across Southern California. The girls qualified for CIF a week and a half earlier, placing 2nd overall as a team at the Condor League final at Besant Hill School.
Paced by sophomores Avery Colborn, Jolene Fan and Caspian Ellis, the girls ran strong at the CIF preliminary, toeing the line against more than more than 160 runners from 22 schools, nearly every one with a larger student population. The OVS girls neared or bettered their personal best times for the season on the dusty Riverside Cross Country Course, and all gained invaluable experience running against high-caliber competition at a meet that featured some of the fastest runners in the nation.
“The competition was fierce,” said Caspian, who ran cross country for the first time this year. “I am so overwhelmed by how amazing every single runner there was and I only hope that our small but mighty team will continue to qualify for this competition for the rest of my years in high school.”
Read more about the girls’ season in a story on the student journalism website, On The Hill, by runner and student journalist Avery Colborn.