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Crossing the Pacific to Compete

Oct 04, 2016 12:15PM ● Published by Elena Hutslar

On September 14, seventeen College Park Cross Country runners traveled 2,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean to compete in the 16th Annual Iolani Cross Country Invitational, held on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Participating teams were from the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association, including the Iolani Boys varsity team, the reigning 2015 Division 1 Champions, along with nine mainland teams. They all participated in a 3-mile race at Kualoa Ranch, a 4000-acre private nature reserve.

Despite the heat and humidity, two girls made it into the top 25 of 185 runners: Emily (Gaby) Orellana led the lady Falcons to take 15th, followed by Kylie Tseng at 24th. With the support of teammates Kelly Seto, Julia Parks, Chloe Beardsley, Tayler Hall, Reyna Winn, and Emma Swanson, CP varsity girls took 6th out of 23 teams. Varsity boys took 6th out of 27 teams, with Nick Chuman making the top 25 at 16th out of 220 runners, followed by strong performances by Spenser Grinbergs, Jake Heinlein, Jonathan Orellana, Dylan Cook, Parker Grube, Bjorn Thorsen, and Thomas McDowell. Jake Eide was sidelined with an injured ankle sustained during a race.

(L to R) Bottom row:  Julia Parks, Kelly Seto, Chloe Beardsley, Kylie Tseng, Tayler Hall, Reyna Winn, Emily Orellana and Emma Swanson. Top row: Parker Grube, Dylan Cook, Bjorn Thorsen, Jake Eide, Spenser Grinbergs, Nick Chuman, Thomas McDowell, Jonathan Orellana, Jake Heinlein and Coach Gil Llacuna.

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