FAIRBANKS — A trio of West Valley boys ran in the Mt. Sac Invitational high school cross country race Friday evening in Walnut, Calif., east of Los Angeles.
After running in Portland, Ore., the previous weekend, Wolfpack seniors Peter Noon, Mikko Sayre and Kuba Grzeda and West Valley coach Dan Callahan spent the week driving to the Mt. Sac Invitational, stopping at several colleges along the way.
The Mt. Sac Invitational, hosted by Mt. San Antonio College near Pomona, features 129 high school cross country in two days on the trail above Mt. Sac Stadium.
The Wolfpack runners competed in the Division 4 boys race, which features schools of comparable size to West Valley.
The event featured 22 teams and 140 runners and the Wolfpack trio finished in among the top 60 runners.
Even though the race was in the evening, it was about 80 degrees when the starting gun was fired.
Noon finished 17th in the 3-mile race with a time of 16 minutes and 18 seconds. Sayre was 27th 16:32 and Grzeda was 57th in 17:07.
“The boys ran conservatively early on the hilly course, in the middle of the pack after the first mile,” Callahan wrote in an email to the News-Miner. “From approximately 1.7 mile to the finish, Noon moved up from 33rd to 17th and Sayre from 39th to 27th.”
Callahan said the results show West Valley runners can be competitive with runners from comparable schools in California.
“Had we brought a full team to this race, even conservative projections of times for a fourth and fifth runner would put us in the top 8 in the team standings,” Callahan wrote.