Oaks Christian School Cross Country teams annually travel to the prestigious Stanford Invitational to race some of the state's best teams on the exclusive Stanford Golf Course, usually placing well, but for the first time in school history the boys cross country team won the Stanford Invitational.The previous best finish was the runner-up berth by the 2007 team that went on to the best finish in school history at CIF Finals and State Finals.
The win this weekend portends well for the 2016 team which is looking at this success as the motivation to better the 2007 postseason performances as well as to stake a claim as the fastest team in school history.
Senior Trent Robinett led the way placing 4th overall with a time of 15:41, bettering his OCS record on the Stanford Course. Junior Graham Newman, senior Colin Schaub, junior Jacob Erbes, senior Garrett Garrido, senior Preston Strother and junior Caleb Erlenborn teamed with Robinett to run the fastest ever OCS team time on the Stanford Course. The Lions, ranked 10th in the state, defeated three teams ranked higher (#4 San Luis Obispo, #7 Sir Francis Drake, #9 San Lorenzo Valley).
The team is coached by Wes Smith, who also coaches the girls team. The girls are lead by senior captain Julia Sullivan.
Of the boys' accomplishment, prepcaltrack.com wrote:
"Oaks Christian (SS) has been out a tad bit slower than expected this fall, but the Lions look like they're ready to turn the corner after a 22-point win over Sir Francis Drake! High Tech (SD) was a surprising third. State-ranked San Luis Obispo placed fifth here but was racing without frontrunner Callum Bolger, who is competing solo later today in the Seeded Race. Oaks Christian's scoring attack was spearheaded by senior Trent Robinett, who took fourth (15:41.4) in the race, won by Hercules' Ryan Cutter (15:26.8)."