There were 10 team titles and 10 individual crowns awarded in Saturday’s CIF Southern Section finals at the Riverside City Cross-Country Course.
None of them will be coming home with the Ocean View High Seahawks, but that will not prevent them from feeling like champions.
For the first time in the history of the program, the Ocean View boys’ cross-country team has advanced to the state championship meet.
The starting seven of Edwin Montes (13th, 15 minutes, 32.5 seconds), David Brito (21st, 15:44.3), Miguel Flores (53rd, 16:14.7), Humberto Molina (84th, 16:35.2), Jason St. Pierre (86th, 16:35.8), Parker Walpole, and Alex Hernandez will forever hold that distinction.
St. Pierre provided insight into a team discussion that took place before the Seahawks headed out to their date with destiny.
“We all gathered, and we were basically talking about how a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory,” the junior said.
Ocean View had been to three consecutive CIF sectional finals, the first three for the Seahawks’ boys’ program. The team had felt well-positioned to make the cut for state the year prior, but it ultimately finished in ninth place.
The top seven teams in each race qualified for state. In addition, the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams who finished in the top 20 of their divisional race advanced. The CIF State championship meet will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, Nov. 25.
As the Division 3 race got underway on Saturday, the Seahawks did not get off to a great start. The midway race splits had Ocean View running in ninth, and those who could not run the race were filled with anxiety.
“I can’t lie,” Seahawks coach Daniel Hurtado said. “I had flashbacks to last season. We were in ninth place.”
The coaching staff and a group of alumni which included Ryan St. Pierre (Biola) and Hector Arteaga (Concordia) shouted out to current Seahawks that they were…