In the first big meet of the season, Bryan Fernandez ran like a champion.
Going against some of the top cross country runners in Southern California, the Dos Pueblos senior put on a sterling performance Saturday at the Woodbridge Invitational in Orange County, winning the boys sweepstake 5k race in the second fastest time ever, 14 minutes, 19 seconds. The time was just six seconds off the course record.
“I just witnessed one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen,” said DP coach Leslie Wiggins Roth.
Fernandez won by nearly 30 meters. DP’s next runner was Max Davis in 18th place in 14:55. He was followed by Andrew McGuan (15:08), John Greening (15:29), Cole Smith (15:33), Ben York (14:33.01) and Tyler Bradford (15:52).
The Dos Pueblos boys, the No. 1 team in CIF-SS Division 2, finished fifth overall in a meet that featured many of the best teams in Southern California. Division 1 top-ranked Arcadia took first place.
In the girls competition, Addi Zerrenner finished 11th in the sweepstakes race in 17:05.
“She got boxed in for the first 800 meters and just couldn’t make up the distance,” said Wiggins Roth.
Elaine McClure finished in 7th in the varsity girls race in 18:24, improving her time by nearly a minute from last year. Tatiana Schluep was the next Charger finisher in 19:18, followed by Haley Peterson (19:37), Yijin Wang (20:47) and Raquel Fygenson (20:26).
Dos Pueblos’ next meet is the Channel League opener, which the Chargers will host on Wednesday. The varsity girls start at 5 p.m. and the boys at 5:30.