Running Strong: Middle School Cross Country

The middle school cross country team, led by Coach Nicole Silva Culbertson, competes in the Pajaro Valley Athletic League (PVAL). Following are some results from their first two meets this past week.

Wednesday, 9/25 meet at Pinto Lake: Pierce C. came in second and Kenzie C. came in third in the JV race. Teammates Mordecai C., Tej D., Colby C., Izaak O. and Nikowa D. took second place (out of seven teams) in PVAL.

Thursday, 9/26 at Wilder Ranch: In this broader meet, MMS competed with an array of Santa Cruz county schools, as well as schools from the San Jose area. Kenzie C. finished in fifth place and Pierce C. in seventh place. The team of Kenzie C., Pierce C., Lagi H., Emi L., Ona M., and Emma M, took second place.  Tej D. finished seventh, Mordecai C. finished 14th and Colby C. finished 15th.


Photos by Carmen Virgos and Encarna Buendia




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Nestled among the redwoods on 380 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believes a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The program, accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.

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