She was runner-up at the California Community College Cross Country Championships in 2016 and an All-American. Now, College of the Sequoias' Alyssa Block is ready for gold. She repeated as Northern California champion on Nov. 3 in Salinas by dominating individuals with a time of 17:27.6.
In so doing, Block led the Lady Giants to the NorCal title by edging, and upsetting, a determined group of Hartnell Lady Panthers, four freshmen and one sophomore, 35-41. She was followed by teammates Jewel Jasso, 3rd (19:20.9), Antonia Lozano, 5th (19:32.1), Elizabeth Sartuche, 9th (19:47.3) and Lidia Briseno, 17th (20:06.0).
So, it would seem COS and Hartnell could feel confident and comfortable at the 41st CCCAA State Women's Cross Country Championship at Fresno's Woodward Park on Saturday, Nov. 18. The women's 3.1-mile race starts at 10 a.m. The men's 54th CCCAA Championship, a 4-mile distance, begins at 11 a.m. The top 14 individuals in both races receive All-America recognition.
In all, 42 teams qualified for the state championships, plus 60 individuals. This adds up to approximately 350 runners representing over 50 California community colleges.
About one inch of rain is forecast for Thursday in Fresno, but the storm is expected to pass through. Rain should help overall conditions on the Woodward Park course to be firm. Race time temperatures are expected in the low to mid-60s.