Granada (NC/Division II)
Last November, Granada's boys cross country team rolled to its second North Coast Section division title in the last three seasons. The Matadors went into the State Meet among the pre-race favorites and were leading at both the 1-mile and 2-mile splits before a furious final-mile surge by San Luis Obispo overtook the Matadors to win by seven points, denying Granada of its first CIF-State title.
Fast-forward to '22 where expectations for a section repeat and a stronger finish at State are warranted.
The Matadors return senior Roland Ruckmann-Barnes, who placed second at both the NCS and State races. Ruckmann-Barnes (pictured) leads a group of six expected returners from last fall's post-season seven.
Gurusamy ran No. 2 at NCS and No. 6 at State. Soriano ran No. 4 at NCS and No. 2 at State. Manley ran No. 5 at NCS and No. 4 at State. Hart was a consistent No. 7 in the post-season races and gives the Matadors big-meet experience to push from the back end.
Gurusamy excelled on the track in the spring, placing third at NCS Masters for 1600 meters and eighth in the 3200m. Singh was eighth in the 1600m final.
For the eight-lap distance on the track, Ruckmann-Barnes went 9:11.03, Gurusamy 9:20.71 and Singh 9:20.75. The Matadors top five went 9:36.64 or faster (9:23.61 average) and their top seven went 9:48.75 or faster.
When applying cross country scoring for returners at 3200m, Granada ranks No. 2 in CA behind only Newbury Park. That is when filtered for points as well as average.
The same is true for 1600m where Granda averages 4:21.58 led by Gurusamy (4:15.76) with atop five at 4:28.10 or faster, and a top seven at 4:34.17 or faster.
|1) Roland Ruckmann-Barnes||15:22.90||12|
|2) Dheeraj Gurusamy||15:55.60||61|
|3) Farin Soriano||15:57.00||64|
|4) Eshaan Singh||16:02.50||85|
|5) Liam Manley||16:05.70||94|
|Average Time: 15:52.74 Total Time: 1:19:23.70 1-5 Split: 42.80|
|6) Luther Hart||16:26.40||159|
Scoring is against all teams with returning boys in CA.
Jeffrey Parenti is the California State Editor for MileSplit
Photos by Patrick Corsinita