The boys and girls varsity cross country teams awaited the sound of the starting gun to kick off the state championship races at the Norris Penrose Events Center Saturday morning. The boy’s team competed first with their race beginning at 9:20 a.m., followed by the girl’s race at 10:40 a.m..
“I felt excited [in the moments before the race] because winning state was one of our goals since the beginning of the summer so I was pumped to race,” senior Shayan Zarrin said.
Zarrin and fellow senior Carter Dillon were among the first ten to cross the finish line for the men’s 5A state race, with Zarrin earning the tenth spot and Dillon securing sixth on the podium.
The girls team placed three runners on the podium for their race. Sophomore Sarah O’Sullivan was the sixth runner to sprint through the gate while junior Caroline Eck and sophomore Jenna Fitzsimmons finished second and first in state, respectively.
“It was so crazy I was just thinking of the team and trying to do as much as I could to help out the team,” Fitzsimmons said. “It’s just cool to think of how hard we have worked this year.”
As the dust cleared and the suspense began, the official results of the championship were announced: the outstanding performance all of the members of both varsity teams had earned Vista the state championship title. The team was overjoyed and took the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishment with parents, fans and their teammates.
“It means a lot to win state as a senior because we have worked hard for all four years of high school,” Zarrin said. “It feels good to finish on a high note.”