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Cross country team sprinted into the fall semester with a mile scrimmage

Photo of the cross country team. (Bonnie Horgos)

Six members of the Mills College cross-country team competed against Holy Names University, running through campus and ending the sprint just beyond the Richards Lane parking lot.

Angie Sandoval, in her third season with the team, was the first Mills runner to pass the final orange cones, snatching third overall in the race at 6:08.

“The race was good,” said the 4+1 MBA student. “It was a reminder to my body on what racing and faster paced runs feel like.”

The final times of the fifteen runners ranged from 6:03 to 9:54.

The team began practicing on the first day of school, running one and a half hours per day, five days per week. Despite the short amount of time practicing, cross country coach Laché Bailey said she was impressed with the runners.

“So far it’s been really good,” Bailey said. “A lot of new people, a couple returners—one went to nationals last year. The race went well.”

Next on the cross country team’s list?

The Mills Invitational at 10 a.m. on September 18. They are looking for 50 volunteers to time, hand out water and breakfast and stand along the course during the event. People interested can sign up in front of Bailey’s office, room 108 in Haas Pavilion.