The largest group of runners to compete for the Coast Union cross country team in more than 30 years finished the 2014 season on a positive note Thursday, Oct. 30, at the San Luis Obispo All-County High School event.
It was an affirmative day for freshman runner Paul Butterfield as he hustled around the Laguna Lake Park course fast enough — finishing in 19 minutes flat — to make the Freshman All-County Team. “The top seven runners in each grade make all-county,” said Coach Jim Hurley, who pointed out that hundreds of runners were on the course representing every high school in San Luis Obispo County.
Sophomore Jez Lawson missed making All-County honors by one spot, Hurley said.
Lawson was All-County last year as a freshman, but he finished eighth among all SLO County sophomores in this year’s competition.
Despite barely missing out on All-County honors, Lawson posted a personal-best time of 17 minutes, 50 seconds in the 5K.
“It wasn’t a question for Jez of not running well; he ran very well,” Hurley said. “He just ran up against some tough competition. Like any sport, you can do really well and still get beat.”
In addition to Lawson and Butterfield, the rest of the top seven Coast Union runners participating on the Laguna Lake Park course were Oliver Fend, 49th (20:03); Nick Roper, 58th (21:39); Vincent Cueva, 61st (22:57); Sage Deack, 63rd (23:30); and Jack MacKinnon, 65th (23:44).
Other Coast Union competitors Oct. 30 were Will Stephenson (23:52); Sam MacKinnon (23:55); Alam Romo (25:05); David Nolan (27:33); and Nic Barth (27:45).