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Improving runners go the distance Mike Cohen | Thu, Jul 08 2010 04:42 PM

Getting an early start on cross country and track season, Centaur underclassmen are improving their marks in summer conditioning for the upcoming school year.

Fourteen of the 18 boys set personal records during the season and most of the returning male runners had improvements on the courses they had run the previous year.

During the past year junior Babandeep Singh has bettered his time in the 1600 meters by 28 seconds to 4:51 and in the 3200 meters by 52 seconds to 10:53.

Sophomore Cody Lewis has improved by 42 seconds in the 1600 to 4:48 and by 1 minute 10 seconds in the 3200 to 10:54.

Junior Charles Back reduced his 800 time by 15 seconds (2:13), 1600 total by 16 seconds (4:57) and 3200 distance by 23 seconds (11:51) year over year.

Junior Dylan Bourne has bettered previous year bests in the 800 by 9 seconds (2:26), 1600 by 17 seconds (5:23) and 3200 by 1 minute 43 seconds (11:37).

Sophomore Sho Harikawa improved his 1600 time by 27 seconds from last year to 5:36.

Sophomore Sam Cappoli bettered his marks year over year by 26 seconds in the 1600 (5:13) and 1 minute 9 seconds in the 3200 (11:56). 

Junior Benny Baldovino went from 6:05 to 5:19 in the 1600 and from 13:33 to 12:27 in the 3200 over the past year.

Freshmen Colin Jackson and Robert Heyl have also improved their times, said Centaur distance Coach Tom Fritzius.

“These runners have succeeded beyond our expectations.  They are working harder to improve even more,” Fritzius said.

“The season was filled with peaks and valleys, with more peaks than valleys. Our boys team was more balanced this year than ever before and our girls were predominately freshmen and sophomores with all but one of these in their first year of running,” he said.

Eleven of the 14 female runners had personal bests this past season.  

The boys and girls squads qualified for the CIF Prelims by finishing third in the Ocean League.

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