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Guam High, GW dominate all-island meet

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by Jerome Unpingco

The 2009 IIAAG High School Cross-Country season came to a close yesterday afternoon at the Admiral Nimitz's Golf course, ending two months of competitive racing.  In the Girls Division, a very intense battle took place between two teammates from Guam High. 

Meagan Speck and Teammate Alexis Bosworth quickly stormed ahead of the pack, maintaining the lead and keeping their stride consistence throughout the 3.1-mile course.  After leading the group for the entire race, Speck looked confident and composed towards the final leg, as she paced herself towards the finish line, but with 30 yards left into the race, teammate Alexis Bosworth sped forward, passing the leader of the pack, who lost her stride and energy, and taking this year's Individual title with a time of 22:05. 

Despite her shortfall, Speck managed to give it all she had, as she settled for 2nd place followed by GW's Naomi Blas and Okkodo's Chantal Torres. Bosworth, who is only a freshman, made it a goal to defeat her friend/ teammate, who motivated her throughout the whole season.

In the Boys race, GW's Micheal Gaitan completed his perfect season, taking home the 1st place individual trophy. Despite a slow and sluggish start, Gaitan managed to pick up the notch, halfway through the course, passing Knight's Eric Brady and Teammate Gregorio Gogue. Gaitan kept the momentum going, maintaining a slight lead, as he cruised to the victory with a time of 18:39, followed by Knight's Eric Brady, who finished with a time of 18:51.

Gaitan had no problem or struggles in yesterday's championship race, saying practice was the key to his success on the course along with his help from his teammates and coach.

Taking this year's team championship in the Girls Division were the Guam High Panthers, followed by the GW Geckos in 2nd, and Sanchez in 3rd.  In the Boys Division, GW took home the gold for the team championships, followed by JFK and the Guam High Panthers.

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