Cross Country Preview
CUESTA HARRIERS GARNER WSC AWARDS
KELLY NAMED TO FIRST TEAM
SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 14, 2017)— Cuesta’s cross country teams had to regroup after both teams posted Top 10 finishes and boasted of the individual CCCAA State Champion in 2016, however both teams enjoyed another year of success. Cuesta landed five men and two women on the 2017 All Western State Conference teams, including Kobi Kelly (SLO HS) on the loop’s first team.
Sophomore Harrier Kobi Kelly (SLO HS) led the men’s cross-country team to 4th place at the 2017 Western State Conference Championship and 16th place at the 2017 CCCAA Regional Cross Country Meet. Kelly advanced to the CCCAA State Championship for the second straight season, this time as an individual, and jumped 17 spots to 102nd (22:14.0). Kelly was the Cougars’ top finisher in five of his eight starts, including all three championship races at the end of the year, and is the team’s lone representative on the 2017 All Western State Conference First Team.
Sophomore Cam Goldstone (Tahoe City) and Freshman Garrett Morgan (Nipomo HS) were named to the 2017 All-WSC Second Team. Goldstone enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign, however he was fell four seconds short of returning to the CCCAA State Meet with an 86th place finish at the Regional Finals. Goldstone finished 22nd (21:32) at the Western State Conference Championship, yet had his best race at home, when he was the first Cuesta Harrier to cross the line at the Tour de Cuesta. Morgan showed a lot of promise in his freshman season. He finished 21st (21:31) at the WSC Championship and, eventually, qualified for the 2017 CCCAA State Championship as an individual, where he finished 145th.
Sophomore Damian Navarro (Paso Robles HS) and Freshman Garron Knox (SLO HS) both earned 2017 All Western State Conference Honorable Mention. Navarro finished 29th (21:44) at the WSC Meet, while Knox landed in 33rd place (21:54). Navarro was also the Cougars’ top finisher at the Bakersfield Invitational, where he finished 22nd (23:19).
Cuesta Women’s Cross Country finished 11th at the 2017 Western State Conference Championships and failed to make the CCCAA State Championship as a team for only the third time over the past decade. Of course, the Cougars did qualify an individual and were represented at the meet for the 30th time over the past 32 seasons. Harrier Grace Booth (Bakersfield) missed the team’s first five races and faced elimination in each start she made, but she made it to the final race. Booth was the Cougars’ top finisher in all of her starts and earned all-WSC Honorable Mention at the Western State Conference Championship with a 30th (20:42) place finish. She qualified for the Regional Meet and on to the 2017 CCCAA State Championship, where she finished 95th (20:45). Sophomore Samantha Duston (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) was the Cougars’ top harrier in three races and joined Booth as an all-WSC Honorable Mention choice. She finished 42nd (21:59) at the WSC Championships, but fell just short of a return trip to the CCCAA State Meet- which was the only race she did not start on the campaign.
Cross Country Honors
Kobi Kelly- All-WSC First Team
Cam Goldstone- All-WSC Second Team
Garrett Morgan- All-WSC Second Team
Damian Navarro- All-WSC Honorable Mention
Garron Knox- All-WSC Honorable Mention
Samantha Duston- All-WSC Honorable Mention
Grace Booth- All-WSC Honorable Mention