Presentation High School Senior Gianna Mendoza ended her high school cross country career by earning Central Coast Section Runner of the Year and All-NorCal First Team honors for her achievements throughout the 2019 season.
Most recently, Mendoza finished third-place in the Division II race at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships. Her time of 17:36.4 is a school record for the 3.1 miles course at Woodward Park by 10 seconds (Melissa Grelli 17:47 in 2003) and was the ninth fastest time of the day. Prior to the CIF State Championships, Mendoza won the CCS Division II Individual Title with the fastest time of the day (17:55.6) and repeated as West Catholic Athletic League Champion (17:44.3) with both races begin held at the famed Crystal Springs course.
A model of year-to-year progression, Mendoza has improved approximately 55 seconds each year at the CIF State Championships (19:26,18:30, 17:36). At the Crystal Springs course, she improved by over two minutes from her Frosh year to Senior year (19:50-19:14-18:08-17:44).
Mendoza has also grown as a person over the years. A shy and timid individual who wanted to quit after the first week of practice because of the hard, long distance running, Mendoza fortunately continued with the sport, thanks to supportive teammates and family. As teammates became friends, running became more enjoyable. A team captain now, Mendoza takes time to speak with as many teammates as she can while providing encouragement and high-fives to teammates and competitors alike.
Read further for some of Gianna’s achievements and for some links to awards and rankings.
Some of Gianna Mendoza’s Cross Country Career Achievements:
- All-State All Division Second Team Selection – 2019
- All-State Division II First Team Selection – 2019
- All-State Senior Class First Team Selection – 2019
- All-NorCal First Team Selection – 2019
- All NorCal Senior Runner of the Year – 2019
- All NorCal Third Team Selection -2018
- CCS Runner of the Year – 2019
- CCS Senior Runner of the Year – 2019
- CCS Champion Division II – 2019
- WCAL Champion – 2018, 2019
- 6th fastest All-Time CCS Runner and fastest All-Time WCAL runner at the CIF State Meet (Woodward Park) – 17:36.4
- 2nd fastest All-Time Presentation HS runner and 66 th fastest All-Time CCS runner at Crystal Springs (2.95 miles course established in 1971) – 17:44.3
- School Record Holder for the following courses:
- Hidden Valley Park (2.0 miles) – 12:24.5
- Mt. SAC (2.93 miles) – 18:20
- Golden Gate Park (3.0 miles) -17:48.9
- Baylands Park (3.1 miles) – 18:19.3 o Woodward Park (3.1 miles) – 17:36.4