Wai heads to Fresno for cross country state meet

November 24, 2009 — by Sophia Cooper

Senior Karen Wai competes at Saratoga Invitational at home on Sept. 22. The state meet takes place on Nov. 28.

With a perfect combination of warm sun and a cooling breeze, the girls’ cross country team attacked the Crystal Springs 2.95 mile course at the Central Coast Section (CCS) finals on Nov. 14.

Led by senior Karen Wai, who placed 10th out of 99 runners with a time of 19:26, six out of the seven runners ran personal records, or PRs, on the course. Wai cut her time down 12 seconds, followed shortly by freshman Courtney Schlossareck in 12th with a 31 second PR at 19:36.

“I’m pretty happy with my CCS results,” said Wai. “[Schlossareck] was really really close to making state, and everyone ran a good race.”

Finishing third and fourth for the Falcons were sophomore Emily Williams and freshman Caroline Chou at 20:22 and 20:51, respectively. Also running were juniors Hannah Harter, Mansie Cheung, and sophomore Kristine Johnson.
If the team’s placing fifth in CCS wasn’t enough, Wai qualified for her third state championships, which will take place at Woodward Park in Fresno Nov. 28.
“I’m very nervous,” said Wai. “I’m hoping I can give it my all because it’s going to be my last race ever in my senior year.”

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