Hawks cross-country runner takes first place

Martin Gallegos

Hawks sophomore runner Jesse Chestnut took first place this past Friday, Oct. 5 at the Toro Park Invitational in Salinas.

There were 89 runners representing seven different schools.

“Jesse ran a great race. 21:12 is one of the fastest times we have ever had on that course,” head
coach Steve Navarro said.

It was a coming out party for Chestnut who has been improving his times in every race.

He credits his continued improvement to the hard work he is putting in every week on the track.

“I’m running more miles every week and I’m feeling stronger and faster as each race goes by,” Chestnut said.

“This race definitely gives me higher expectations from here on out.”

Another runner who is delivering solid performances is sophomore runner Arthur Ruvalcaba.

Coach Navarro looks to Chestnut and Ruvalcaba as the heart that makes this team go.

The whole team will go as far as those two can take it, he said.

“We need those two guys to be on top of their game to keep up with schools like Hartnell and Fresno,” Navarro said.

The meet took place on the home course of Hartnell College, who finished first overall as a team.

LPC was right behind them coming in second.

The rivalry the two schools began to develop in San Francisco at the Lou Vasquez Invitational.

“The goal was to beat them on their home field,” Navarro said.

“We didn’t do that, but we were right behind them.”

“Our fifth runner needs to step up if we want to keep up with them and have all of our guys make state.”

The fifth runner in this meet was sophomore Taylor Peissner.

Coach Navarro is looking for Peissner, or another of their seven men, to step his game up in the coming meets.

“It comes down to the fifth man. Right now it’s Peissner and I know he can do it,” Navarro said.

“All last year he was coming in third or fourth, he’s gonna have to step it up.”

Peissner and his teammates will get that chance to step it up one more time in the regular season.

The final meet is on Saturday, Oct. 13 is the Bronco invitational at Santa Clara University.

Team leaders Jesse Chestnut and Arthur Ruvalcaba will need to anchor the team with a strong performance to help all seven runners qualify for the post-season and carry momentum into the conference finals.


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