DOWNEY - As fall sports conclude and winter sports take center stage, several teams are holding their awards banquets to recognize special student-athletes, as well as coaches, who have dedicated their time, energy and effort to a competitive cause.Tuesday night the Warren High School boys' cross country team held their banquet at the Rio Hondo Golf Club. Over 80 runners and their parents/guardians showed up and represented runners from the frosh-soph, junior varsity and varsity levels. In all, 31 awards were presented to student- athletes honoring this season's accomplishments. Coach Miranda stated that "this was the best year for Warren cross country, ever." The reason behind this assertion is simple. Warren's times have gotten better each year and the consistency of the program continues to build. This year Warren cross country won all three levels at the final cluster meet held at La Mirada Regional Park. Coach Miranda was very pleased with that result and credited the hard work and persistence of his athletes. Coach Miranda plainly stated, "we have the best sophomore running class in the state." The nine Bear runners who earned, or repeated varsity letters, were seniors Fortino Santana and Ramiro Santana, juniors Miguel Cabada, Micheal Hernandez and Brandon Iraheta, and sophomores Andres Bernal, Benjamin Gonzalez, Devon Rodriguez and Jonathan Rodriguez. Andres Bernal won the Most Improved Runner as well as the Newcomer award. The Coaches award went to Fortino Santana as did the Sportsmanship and Character award. The Perserverance award went to Ramiro Santana and Jonathan Rodriguez. Benjamin Gonzalez took home the Most Dedicated award as well as the M.V.P. award. Coach Miranda was very pleased with his team's effort this season and challenged his sophomore class to "get to state next year."
********** Published: December 13, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 35