Cross-country takes step to history
By Jacob H. Pollon
Sierra Canyon Athletics Dept.
The Sierra Canyon girls cross country team made school history Tuesday in a Gold Coast League meet at Rancho Park in West L.A.
The girls won their first ever league meet after compiling a low score of 33. Sierra Canyon easily outdistanced Paraclete, Viewpoint, Crossroads, Windward, Brentwood and Campbell Hall.
The standout on Tuesday was freshman Isis Diaz. Diaz finished in 18:24 over the three-mile course. Diaz finished 21 seconds faster than the next competitor.
Last week, Diaz placed first in the Windward “Early Eagle” Invitational.
“It feels really good,” Diaz said. “I am really happy. I have been working hard at practice. It’s about not getting overwhelmed. I make sure I run at a comfortable pace.”
Diaz has a bright future. Sierra Canyon coach Troy Samuels thinks the sky’s the limit.
“Isis is going to do really well and turn into a great runner,” Samuels said. “She is the real deal.”
Diaz is seeing success very early in her career. She has adjusted well running against older girls on a higher level.
“The big difference is the longer distance,” Diaz said. “I just have to practice.”