Third-grade girls take off at the recent cross country meet at Holy Trinity. Courtesy photo

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Runners take on ‘Holy Hill’ and win

By From page A11 | October 04, 2017

Holy Trinity School hosted the third meet of the season for the El Dorado Cross Country League on Sept. 20. More than 100 runners from seven public and private grade schools in the area raced a rigorous course that included the incline off Tierra de Dios Drive, also known as “Holy Hill.” Third- and fourth-graders ran three-fourths a mile; fifth- and sixth-graders ran one mile; seventh- and eighth-graders ran one-and-a-half miles.

The unusually cool temperatures made for some enjoyable runs.

“This is running weather,” said Olivia Huerta, who finished first amongst the seventh-grade girls.

“I think this was the most successful Holy Trinity race to date,” said Nancy Milla, Holy Trinity race director.

“’Holy Hill’ brought some runners to tears, but all runners finished and should feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day,” reflected Christian Brothers High School cross country coach Melissa Copley, who served as volunteer coordinator for the race. Copley brought in high school students from the CBHS cross country team to serve as “rabbits” (pacesetters who lead the pack) and “sweepers” (runners who stay at the back of the pack to ensure all runners come in safely).

The Holy Trinity cross country meet was a true community event. Parents, grandparents, physical ed teachers and athletic supporters of all ages lined the course to cheer on the runners from Valley View, Silva Valley, Lake Forest, Blue Oak, Golden Sierra, Marble Valley and Holy Trinity elementary schools.

Parents of Holy Trinity students, as well as parents of Holy Trinity alumni, served as parking directors, course monitors, finish line officials and popsicle suppliers.

Holly Barbaccia

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