Cross country runner wins CCS, qualifies to States


Kathy Fang

Anna Weirich (11) competes at WBAL league finals on Nov. 8. Anna won the CCS Division 4 girls championship, ahead of the second place runner by 47 seconds.

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Sports Editor

Anna Weirich (11) placed first in the Central Coast Section (CCS) finals Division 4 cross country race on Saturday, qualifying to the state meet to be held in Fresno on Nov. 30. 

Anna beat her Nov. 8 season record on the Crystal Springs course by 24 seconds to take gold, ahead of the nearest competitor by 47 seconds. 

The girls cross country team placed sixth out of 13 teams in their race, finishing 1-22-23-37-71-82-84 with Anna, Ritika Rajamani (10), Kara Kister (9), Erica Cai (10), Emma Li (12), Ada Praun-Petrovic (9) and Eileen Li (12). They ended the season racing at Crystal Springs, the same course where the first and third WBAL meets were held, after qualifying as a team for the first time since 2015. 

Rigo Gonzales (9), who qualified individually, placed 61st out of 119 competitors at the meet. 

Anna will compete at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 30 at the CIF State Championships for the second time in her high school career.