The OCS cross country team traveled to the Ventura County Cross Country Championships on the Lake Casitas course in Ojai in late October, and left with a first-ever title.The course and championships have hosted many of the finest harriers in county, section and state history, but this year's race was a bit touch and go due to rainfall. The precipitation earlier in the day caused the coaches association to vote to move the championships to the rarely used rain course.
But that minor setback didn't hold back the Lions.
The final race of the day featured the boys varsity championship. OCS senior Trent Robinett was prominent at the front of the pack from the start to the finish, including inserting the occasional surge to keep his challengers in check. In the final half mile, Cameron Botten of Royal High School was the only remaining foe. Robinett powered home with a finishing kick that opened a five-second margin of victory to clinch the Lions first-ever cross country Ventura County title.
"I was just super excited to be at the meet. It was a lot of training and a lot of hard work for the whole team, and for them to be there behind me when I did it was awesome. Crossing the line, I couldn't even describe it. I was just so exciting to finally have a break through moment after the struggle I had last year with sickness," said Robinett. "I crossed the finish line, yelling and slapping people's hands. I will never forget the last 400 meters going down the stretch, people on both sides. I was blessed by God to have the health to wake up that morning and run like I did."
Juniors Jacob Erbes and Graham Newman were next followed by seniors Garrett Garrido and Colin Schaub. Improving on their runner-up finish last year as a team, the Lions won the small schools division. Junior Caleb Erlenborn and senior Preston Strother completed the varsity lineup.
The girls varsity earned runner-up honors as a team led by freshman Kate Cuadrado, senior Julia Sullivan, junior Moira Dewey, junior Katelyn Dewey and seniors Jehdah Burton and Alex Angell.