Holtville High School senior Alan Jimenez (left) jumps out to a quick lead during the Vikings’ Imperial Valley League dual meet against Calexico at Sunbeam Lake near Seeley on Tuesday, March 9. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO
SEELEY — Holtville High School’s top two cross-country runners may have won the small battles against Calexico on Tuesday, March 9, but the Bulldogs won the war, beating the Vikings in their Imperial Valley League dual meet at Sunbeam Lake Park near Seeley.
Holtville failed to field enough runners in either the boys’ or girls’ race, giving the Calexico teams a walkover victory in both contests.
On the individual side, the girls’ run proved to be the most exciting as Vikings’ freshman Lillian Strahm (21:43.53) was able to edge Calexico junior Briana Gallegos (21:46.02) with a final kick down the home stretch.
In the boys’ race, Holtville senior Alan Jimenez continued his dominating season, winning his fifth consecutive IVL dual meet. Jimenez, who set a Sunbeam Lake course record on Saturday, March 6, ran a bit slower on Tuesday in the blustery conditions, finishing the 3.1-mile race with a time of 16 minutes, 07.64 seconds.
“The windy conditions made for an interesting outing, but both our girls and boys again had a strong outing,” said Mariano Velez, Calexico High School’s athletic director.