Torrey Pines High School senior girls cross country team wins Invitational

Front row (L-R): Samantha Miller, Taylor Seamans. Back row: Jessica Rose, Sofia Schugar, Montsie Quintana, Jacqueline Garner, Macenzi McGuire, Erica Byrne and Rachel Fetzer.

The Torrey Pines High School senior girls cross country team won the Division 1 championship at the 34th annual Mount Carmel Invitational on Sept. 20. The race, run on the famed Morley Field cross country course in Balboa Park, included 135 runners from teams across Southern California.

Rather than using a traditional varsity and junior varsity format, the Mount Carmel Invitational uses a “battle of the classes” race format that pits seniors against seniors, juniors against juniors, etc. Winning the team championship requires a team to put five runners across the finish line with the best combined results.

The Torrey Pines seniors — coming off their varsity championship at the Bronco Round-Up Invitational race the week before — showed both strength and depth as they raced the challenging 2.75-mile Balboa Park course against top regional competition.