Mammoth runners impressive in L.A. meet

Mammoth High School cross-country runners don’t have a big team, but they’ve got a big name.

The Huskies took seven runners to the 39th Annual Bellarmine Jefferson Invitational at Griffith Park in Los Angeles last weekend and came away with impressive performances.

The first race of the day featured four freshmen from Mammoth in the Fosh/Soph race. Up-and-comer Jeremy Laguna ran the 2.95-mile course in 18:52, placing ninth, and received a medal for his performance.
Perry Moyer ran the course in 19:42 placing 17th in the field of 87 runners. Calvin Forsythe and Rand Bourne both gained valuable racing experience and placed 39th and 72nd respectively.

Mammoth Coach Scott Luke said has high hopes for this team of freshmen and looks forward to their development as a team.

In varsity competition, the Mammoth boys ran among a field of 98 racers. Juniors Jack Roten and team captain Phil Oxford finished the hilly southern California course in 19:38 and 25:39.

The day, though, belonged to sophomore Jody Meads who has won her first two starts of the season in impressive fashion with an average winning margin of over 30 seconds.

Last weekend, she dominated a field of 96 racers and won the race by a full minute, breaking the previous small-schools course record by 1-minute, 18-seconds.

“Winning races and producing such fast times without any competition is a difficult feat to accomplish,” said Luke, “which speaks to Jody’s determination and heart.”