By Lynette Aslanian
Photos by Jonathan Bowman
On August 15th, the second annual La Cañada High School cross country alumni race took place at the LCHS track. Former and present-day LCHS runners arrived eager to run at 8 AM, despite the scorching heat.
The course was a total of 2.2 miles, and it incorporated the track, baseball field, Oak Grove field and basketball courts. The first to finish was Michael Thatcher, an alumni of LCHS who attended BYU, with an impressive time of 12:29.
“From about four minutes in, I didn’t think I was going to win,” Thatcher said. “Ethan Crane was a tough competitor and ran a great race.”
Ethan Crane, a current sophomore at LCHS, was second with a noteable time of 12:35.
“The alumni were some tough competition this year,” Crane expressed. “I wanted to get him (Thatcher) off my back for pretty much the entire race, but as smart and strong as he is, he was able to stick with me, and outkick me at the very end.”
Throughout the race, Crane ran in front of Thatcher until the last lap, where Thatcher turned the race around and passed the sophomore runner.
Overall, the alumni team earned first place, the boys team won second place and the girls won third place. The winner for the girls’ team, Katharine Scoville, also a sophomore at LCHS, had a quick time of 13:30.
“It releases stress from school and other activities in my day,” Scoville said about the sport. “It’s a fun sport even though most people don’t see that.”
The event had a great turnout and was a great way to reunite with old LCHS runners.
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