Holtville High junior Julian Reyna crosses the finish line in third place during the first Imperial Valley League cross country meet at Sunbeam Lake Park near Seeley on Saturday, Oct. 9. CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO
SEELEY — The first Imperial Valley League cross country meet of the season saw close finishes in the boys and girls races at Sunbeam Lake Park near here on Saturday, Oct. 9.
In the girls’ race, it was Southwest High senior Sidney Garcia taking the top spot in the 3.1-mile event by 10 seconds over Central Union senior Azucena Hernandez. Holtville High sophomore Lilly Strahm took third with Imperial senior Natalie Lopez in fourth and Calexico senior Briana Gallegos in fifth.
For the boys, Southwest junior Steven Gomez edged Brawley junior Archie Olvera by two seconds to win the race. Holtville junior Julian Reyna was third, followed by Imperial junior Daniel Ortega in fourth and Brawley senior Joseph Taylor in fifth.
Brawley’s boys team earned the team title with 27 points, followed by Central in second (38) and Imperial in third (60). In the girls’ team competition, it was Imperial taking first place with 46 points, followed by Calexico (74) in second, Southwest in third (83), Central (89), Holtville (104), Brawley (107) and Palo Verde Valley (183).