Cathedral City’s Noah Macias beats Palm Springs Austin Chavez to the finish line to win the first boys DVL meet held at Demuth Park in Palm Springs on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
Xavier Prep solidified its position atop the Desert Valley League on Wednesday when its boys’ cross country team won its second straight league meet in a bid to be the first team other than Indio to win the league since 2010.
All five of the Saints’ scoring runners finished in a pack, placing Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
“It was a nice group — once every few years you get something like that,” said Xavier Prep head coach Aron Lyons.
The Saints were led by No. 3 Hogan Lizza, who finished in 15 minutes, 39.93 seconds. No. 7 Alex Rose finished in 15:58.24 seconds — a difference of just 18.31 seconds.
Winning the race, however, was a first-timer to that role — Cathedral City’s Noah Macias, who finished in a course-record 15:23.80 seconds.
The course, at Demuth Park in Palm Springs, is Cathedral City High’s new home course and was used Wednesday for the first time — meaning the two winners would naturally set the course records.
“At the last DVL meet I felt a little tired because we had a hard week, so (today) I was expecting a better time and a better place. I didn’t expect to win, honestly,” said Macias, who finished No. 3 at the first league meet. “I just went out fast, and the first mile felt really comfortable — just the whole race felt comfortable. It felt good to run.”
The 15:23.80 was a personal record for Macias, which he credited to the mild weather conditions and the hills on the course, which he prefers to run on.
“It feels good to hold the record at your home course,” the senior said.
The final kilometer was a battle between Macias and second-place finisher Austin Chavez (15:24.89) of Palm Springs. Macias held the lead for most of that distance, but with about 400 meters to go, Chavez — who won the first DVL meet — overtook Macias. A full sprint in the last 200 meters, however, saw Macias regain the lead and hold off Chavez.
“The last kilometer is always like that with Austin, and honestly I didn’t want to race against him — he’s a gutsy runner,” Macias said.
The Saints’ victory gives them a commanding lead headed into the final DVL meet over second-place Indio. The Rajahs will need to win the final meet and hope the Saints fall to third place just to ensure a tie for the title.
DVL boys’ cross country
Xavier Prep: 25
Cathedral City: 88
Coachella Valley: 89
La Quinta: 107
Palm Desert: 158
Palm Springs: 176
Boys’ individual results
1. Noah Macias (CC) 15:23.80
2. Austin Chavez (PS) 15:24.89
3. Hogan Lizza (XP) 15:39.93
4. Joe Jansen (XP) 15:39.93
5. Max Del Rio (XP) 15:51.24
6. David Stabile (XP) 15:56.70
7. Alex Rose (XP) 15:58.24
8. Luis Barrera (I) 15:58.83
9. Aaron Jimenez (CC) 16:30.33
10. Ivan Esquivel (LQ) 16:32.80
11. Samuel Franz (CC) 16:40.24
12. Eduardo Prieto (CV) 16:41.45
13. Dominic Lopez (I) 16:45.74
14. Erik Dominguez (I) 16:51.30
15. Jesus Felix (CV) 16:52.08
16. Brandon Mondragon (I) 16:52.52
17. Robert Martinez (CV) 16:53.55
18. Carlos Galaviz (CV) 16:55.55
19. Jesus Lopez Martinez (I) 16:59.30
20. Brendan Carretero (LQ) 17:03.61