Cross Country

2017 Season Gets Underway

2017 Season Practice Begins July 3 – 6:00 a.m.

What you Need:

1) Paraclete Athletic Packet completed and turned in to PHS Office prior to July 3 (Pink Cards must be given to Coach Andy from an Athletic Director before you can practice. This process takes 2/3 days for the Athletic Directors to process your completed packet.)

Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Friday

Athlete physicals will be administered at PHS on June 6, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – $20 cash

2) “Appropriate” running shoes, shorts, shirt, water bottle

Coach Andy’s Reasons for Running Cross Country

Make New Friends
Get in Shape / Stay in Shape
Leave School / Travel to Meets
Parties / Hanging Out
College Visits During Summer
Earn Medals / Awards at Meets
Ultimate Frisbee


Spirits 2016 Cross Country Team Awards Season Celebration – Wednesday, November 30

Angela Adelantar, Thomas Rivera

Top Newcomer: Angela Adelantar, Reno Wilson

Most Improved: Thomas Cancio, Kevin Fernando,
Hannah Marin

Spirit Award: Kiley Gilmer, Mercedes Pulos, Jack Ringelberg

Academics, Athletics & Attitude Award from High Desert Runners: Christine Mendoza, Jack Ringelberg

Click to see: Photos from the Event

Girls Varsity 16th in CIF Prelims

111116 CIF Prelims GV Team

Click here for Photos from the Meet

Click here for Team and Individual results

GCL Champion XC Girls Advance to Prelims

Girls Run to League Championship on way to November 11, CIF Preliminaries

The Paraclete Girls Cross Country team won their 14th consecutive League Championship on November 2nd, and 10th straight under current coach Andy Helme, at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. The girls scored 50 points in the final race of the season, outdistancing state ranked squads Viewpoint (74) and Brentwood (78) along the way.

Freshman Angela Adelantar (6th place) and senior Hanna Nason (7th) earned 1st Team All Gold Coast League honors, while Hannah Marin (11th), Kiley Gilmer (12th), and Gabby Velazquez (14th) were 2nd Team All GCL.

The Paraclete Varsity Boys finished in 5th place, behind the likes of state ranked squads Campbell Hall, Brentwood, and Crossroads.
Sophomore harrier Thomas Rivera was the lone All Gold Coast League athlete, finishing in 11th place.

The Lady Spirits will participate in the CIF Preliminaries competition in Riverside on Friday, November 11th, hoping to grab one of the 24 advancement spots to the following week’s CIF Finals on the same course.

Click for photos from League Finals

League Cluster Meet #4

Spirits (And Coach Andy) Compete in First Annual League XC Co-Ed Relay Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Brentwood hosted this event. The Meet was already scheduled by
League Athletic Directors as an un-scored (optional) 4th Cluster Meet.

Each school’s team consisted of 2 runners (boy/girl) until a school ran out of “co’s”, which would then allow them to compose their additional two-person teams with any mix of the remaining members of their squad. Beginning on the Brentwood track, with over 100 starters (including coaches) each runner completed 2 course loops – total of 2 miles – before handing off to their teammate.

Click for picture of Course Map

Click for Photos from the Meet

Spirits at Clovis Invitational

The Spirits at Clovis Invitational
Woodward Park – Fresno
Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Paraclete Girls varsity team had set a goal of placing top 10 in the Division 4 Small Schools Varsity race in Saturday’s prestigious Clovis Invitational, and when the dust settled at the end of the day, the Lady Spirits had done just that.

Leading the way was freshman Angela Adelantar, 28th overall in 20:37. Hanna Nason (49th in 21:24) and Hannah Marin (59th in 21:41) pulled top 60 finishes, while Kristine Mendoza (99th in 23:13), Gabby Velázquez (105th in 23:32, and Kiley Gilmer (116th in 23:48) completed the scoring for Paraclete.

The varsity boys finished in 24th place overall, and were led by sophomore Thomas Rivera’s 87th place finish in 18:18. Jack Ringelberg, Ernesto Balcazar, Reno Wilson, Alejandro Carrillo, Kevin Fernando, and Edward Sabulburo were the other competitors for Paraclete.

Paraclete will compete in their third Gold Coast League cluster meet of the season on Thursday, October 13th at Paraclete.

Click for Clovis Invitational photos

Team/Family Outing in Ventura

August 27, San Buenaventura
State Beach
to run the Seaside Invitational course
and hit the beach

For Beach Outing photos click here:
San Buenaventura State Beach Outing 8-27-2016

2016 Cross Country Teams

From League Finals – November 2, 2016

2016 Girls Team at November 2, 2016 League Finals

2016 Cross Country Boys Team at League Finals November 2, 2016

2017 Spirits XC Captains

Ernesto Balcazar
Alejandro Carrillo
Kevin Fernando
Kiley Gilmer
Hannah Marin

A Word To The Wise

Water bottle
The sharing of water bottles is highly discouraged – for multiple reasons….

Cross Country Close-up

“You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them.”
– Michael Jordan

Spirits Varsity Girls Capture
2016 Gold Coast League Championship
at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills

For questions about practice
or other team events
Contact Coach Andy
(661) 406-0590 (text or voice)

XC 2016 Gold Coast League Schools

Brentwood Eagles
Campbell Hall Vikings
Crossroads Roadrunners
Paraclete Spirits
Sierra Canyon Trailblazers
Viewpoint Patriots
Windward Wildcats