YUCCA VALLEY — The distance teams from Yucca Valley High School burned up the Machris Park course in the 18th annual Hi-Desert Classic Saturday, Sept. 22.
The early-season meet helps gauge the athletes’ fitness levels before the start of league competition, coach Jay Stepp said.
Yucca Valley’s junior varsity boys won their race, and the varsity boys and girls teams and the junior varsity girls all claimed second places.
Senior Daniel Magennis placed the Trojans’ top time on the 3-mile course, covering the hilly dirt and asphalt terrain in 16 minutes, 51 seconds, good for second place in the varsity boys race.
Junior Jeff Larson was steps behind him, finishing in 16:53.
Twentynine Palms High School won overall scoring in the varsity boys event, although the fastest runner, Isaiah Thompson, was a senior from Sherman Indian School in Riverside who took first in 16 minutes, 41 seconds.
Josh Goddard and Gustavo Martinez, both juniors at Yucca Valley High School, captured a one-two finish in the junior varsity race to help the team win the trophy. Goddard ran the fastest race at 18 minutes, 19 seconds, and Martinez finished in 19:05. Dylan Brocar, a junior from Twentynine Palms, crossed the finish line about a minute later for third place.
Senior Lacey Rexroat posted the Lady Trojans’ fastest time, crossing the line in 21 minutes, 14 seconds, for second place in the varsity girls’ race. Cajon High School won the race, with an average time of 22:01. Yucca Valley’s average time was 22:43.
For the junior varsity girls, Yucca Valley placed second behind a winning Cajon team. Monika Mays, a freshman, posted the Lady Trojans’ fastest time at 25 minutes, 40 seconds, food for eighth place.