Joey Thompson and Carolina Dawson

Leading their respective teams at the Viking Opener cross country meet at Spring Lake on Sept. 18 were seniors Joey Thompson and Carolina Dawson. 

Ideal running conditions greeted hundreds of high school athletes at the annual Viking Opener at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa on Sept. 18, a meet that is equal parts competitive and fun each season. 

Races were contested in several divisions on the abbreviated, two-mile course, including senior boys, junior boys, sophomore boys, freshman boys, junior/senior girls, frosh/soph girls and open division runners. In addition, many older runners took part in the alumni race, representing high schools all over the Bay Area.

“What a fantastic cool, damp morning to run the Viking Open,” WCHS coach Mark Grismer reported. “We had a historic meet overall, despite being down several runners who had other commitments.” 

Of the eight races, WCHS placed second as a team in three. Had the team been at full strength, they likely would have cracked the top three in three more races.

“This is an incredible achievement, not seen by either El Molino or Analy in the past two decades,” Grismer noted. “Several runners had PRs and led races for their teammates.”

Below are the complete results for West County runners, listed by times.

WCHS girls

Carolina Dawson, 12:20

Isabela Yob, 13:00

Rosie Harris, 13:01

Sienna Fassett, 13:50

Emma McNatt, 13:57

Elena King, 14:25

Elena Marquez, 14:36

Denali Ferrera, 14:46

Jennifer Orozco, 14:50

Karis Morasch, 15:44

Marie Cantu, 16:15

Jasmine Tran, 17:59

Angelita Gutierrez, 1839

WCHS boys

Joey Thompson, 10:52

Ethan Dierke, 11:21

Owen Foley, 11:53

David Little, 11:55

Dylan Pena Perez, 11:59

Aiden Finegan, 12:07

Lium Williams, 12:08

Ezekiel Hataway, 12:21

Trey Klaus, 12:30

Brett Kellar, 12:31

Marin Broadbent-Bell, 12:38

Micah Mimmo, 12:55

Eddie Borba, 13:00

Richard Varville, 13:51

Reilly McKnight, 13:54

Benjamin McKnight, 15:58

Blake Travis, 16:09

Aidan McCarn, 17:17

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