Cross Country Novice Gives CIF Nod to Nade, first time in 22 years

By Eleanor Frost ’15, Student News Editor

Junior Alex Zuk placed fourth in Mission League finals and gave Chaminade its first CIF championship bid in cross country, finishing in 18 minutes, 35 seconds in the 3-mile and 19:20 in the 5k. And it’s only her first year in the running event.

“It’s an exciting thing because Cross Country hasn’t made it to CIF in 22 years,” Zuk told The Talon. “It didn’t hit me until I actually passed the finish line. The team was extremely proud and excited for me.”

Teammate and junior Madeline Larson added her kudos.

“Without a doubt she is one of the hardest workers on the team,” Larson said. “Since this is her first year, she is fresh and motivated. She is an amazing athlete and deserves (this).”

Her hard work truly paid off. In the beginning of the season, Zuk  realized she enjoyed the sport.

“My dad pushed me and motivated me a lot this season to get me where I am now. I owe it all to him,” Zuk said.