The Mountain View High School boys cross country team has brought home a state championship title — the first such title of any sport in Spartan history — after the California Interscholastic Federation state meet on Saturday, Nov. 28.
"It's really cool, the boys deserve it," said Evan Smith, head coach. "They worked extremely hard for years, basically."
Senior Garrett Rowe led the team with a fourth place finish in the 5k race, clocking in at 15:06. He was followed by senior Ian Myjer (15:17) who took sixth, and junior Parker Schuh (15:45), who placed 23rd. Senior Alex McGuirk (16:08) and sophomore Aubrey Myjer (16:10) placed 46th and 52nd, respectively, securing the five scores counted toward the Spartans' win.
Senior Chris Wells (16:42) and junior Bryan Crook (16:54) also ran for Mountain View in the meet.
Though the Spartans were favored to win, Smith said, McGuirk and Aubrey Myjer passed about 30 runners in the last mile to secure the title.
"They dedicate their summers to just putting in a ton of mileage, and they do some very, very difficult workouts," Smith said of the team. "Sometimes they get injured because they are working so hard, but we basically rode that balance of not too much work and not too little work, and it all worked out."
"I'm extremely proud of our team," said Principal Keith Moody. "It's a major accomplishment when you can win at that level. Just winning in your region is impressive, but to win at the state level is phenomenal."
According to Smith, Rowe will run for Princeton next year. Myjer is still deciding, but plans to continue running in college as well.
As for next year's team, "It's impossible to replace Garrett and Ian, but I do think we're going to be competitive," Smith said.
"Both the boys and girls cross country programs have been very good for a number of years," said Dan Navarro, who served as athletic director for 10 years. He added that each team has won several regional competitions recently. He said Mountain View is known for having good runners.
"The cross country team is a very tight knit group of kids," he said. "They have parties together, and they really, really enjoy running together. I think that's part of why they're so successful."