Guam High’s best fall season in the school’s 12-year history continued Wednesday as the Panthers girls captured their first All-Island cross-country championship on the 3.1-mile Nimitz Hill Golf Links course.
Alexis Bosworth and Megan Speck placed 1-2 in 22 minutes, 5 seconds, and 22:24. Quincy Tougher took sixth in 23:53 and Susan Smith eighth in 24:05. As a team, Guam High (32 points) outdistanced George Washington (55) and Simon Sanchez (86).
"This is the best team we’ve ever had in all the years I’ve coached Guam High," coach Joe Taitano said. "We set a goal at the beginning of the year. I said this is the best team Guam High has ever had and this is our chance to move up to the podium."
To outgun defending league champion George Washington, both in a regular-season dual meet earlier this season and in Wednesday’s All-Island meet "is no easy task, and we did it today," Taitano said. "The way they finished was unbelievable."
Guam High’s boys took third with 87 points, trailing John F. Kennedy (86) and George Washington (54). No Panthers boys runners placed in the top 10.
The girls title is the first league championship for Guam High, which is also enjoying a fine run on the gridiron and the volleyball court.
Under first-year coach Billy Henry, the Panthers football team broke out of the gate 4-1 and has sealed second place in the regular season, best in school history.
And also under a first-year coach, Steve Hollister, Guam High’s girls volleyball team has reached the semifinals of the league playoffs, having beaten Okkodo and Simon Sanchez in the first two rounds. The Panthers play St. John’s on Thursday in the semifinals at University of Guam Field House.