Long Beach Poly senior Cameron Rhone had his mind set on a top-five finish in boys Division I of the CIF State Cross Country Championships Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
However, after being in ninth place after the first mile and seventh place after the second mile, he had work to do to move up and reach his goal before the end of the 5k course.
But Rhone is confident in his kick, and it helped him finish strong and secure fifth place with a time of 15 minutes, 13 seconds. He narrowly finished ahead of Millikan junior Jason Parra, who placed sixth in 15:13.7.
Parra, who is known as a front runner who likes to push the pace, led the Division I race after the first mile, having taken the race out in an extremely fast 4 minutes and 39 seconds at Mile 1.
Parra was three seconds back in third place after the second mile and still within striking distance before three runners passed him in the last mile, including his Moore League rival Rhone.
The St. John Bosco boys team finished fourth overall in the Division IV race. The Braves were led by junior Aiden Aldana, who finished 18th with a time of 15:47.
Bosco’s top five finishes included Harold Munoz, Alex Leon, Isaac Becerra and Andrew Perez, who all ran between 16:19 and 16:33.
Bosco was in fifth place after the first mile before moving up to secure fourth place.
Long Beach Poly girls finish 13th
The Long Beach Poly girls team finished 13th overall in the Division I race. Poly was led by freshman Avery Peck, who finished 13th overall with a time of 18:12.
Poly’s top five finishers included Camille Lindsay (51st overall), Evelyn Hernandez Lujan (111th), Alexa Bryson (127th) and Brynn Jolly (128th).
After the first mile, Poly was in 17th place overall before moving up.
Valley Christian boys finish 18th
The Valley Christian boys team finished 18th overall in the Division V race. The Defenders were led by Matthew Kubler, who finished 25th overall with a time of 16:20.