A Gilroy Junior High Team Snags Three of the Six Sectional
Titles up for Grabs
Gilroy – The Brownell cross country team finished another successful season last Friday, coming home with three out of the six team championships. The meet was held at Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park. There were 23 teams entered in this year’s Section Championships.
Brownell placed first in “C” girls, “C” boys and 8th grade girls to win half of the team championships that were at stake.
Brownell’s Rachel Shomabukuro (1:01) and Erin Slatery (14:02) were individual winners in the 8th grade and “C” girl’s races, respectively. As a benchmark, a good time for an 8th grade boy is 15:25.
“I have seen a lot of good runners in cross country and track throughout the years at Brownell. This includes the last 11 years that the starting running backs at Gilroy High went to Brownell,” head coach Jeff Ross said. “Rachel and Erin are in a class by themselves. They are very athletic, but what puts them ahead of most of the athletes that we have seen is their mental ability to work through the pain, get the lead and hold that position at all cost.”
Ross and co-head coach, Charla Mittman, dedicated the three championship wins to the many fine assistants working extra hard this year; and the fine group of talented athletes at Brownell.
“We have really shacked the bushes this year to find the best runners in the school,” Mittman stated. “We have had 11 county titles in the last six years. Probably the best program in the County, but by far this has been our best team. They all work hard for each other.
“This was going to be my last sport to coach at Brownell,” added Ross, who has been coaching for about 25 years, 19 years in junior high. “I thought I had had enough. We have seen Brownell win about 22 Sectional titles in the last 10 years. But this year’s team was so great to work with, I might just come back for one more year. They are like sponges, everything we told them they soaked it up. I have never seen a team so self-motivated and have the will to put it all on the line.”
The entire “C” boys and girls team will be back next year to defend their title.