California High School Cross Country Banquet held Thursday

Members of the California High School Cross Country team gathered for a final team picture at the cross country banquet Thursday at First Baptist Church, California. Front row, from left, are  Lizzy Kirby, Leah Korenberg, Regan Downing, Sarah Couchman and Elle Miller; back row, Zach Merrill, Ashlee Davis, Nathan Thibon, Kolten Barbour, Shane Ross, Dakota Harris, Devon Huff and Justin Mitchell.

Members of the California High School Cross Country team gathered for a final team picture at the cross country banquet Thursday at First Baptist Church, California. Front row, from left, are Lizzy Kirby, Leah Korenberg, Regan Downing, Sarah Couchman and Elle Miller; back row, Zach Merrill, Ashlee Davis, Nathan Thibon, Kolten Barbour, Shane Ross, Dakota Harris, Devon Huff and Justin Mitchell. Photo by April Arnett.

California High School cross country runners and head coach Josh Grotzinger gathered with family and friends at the First Baptist Church, California, Thursday night to celebrate yet another successful season, the second for the CHS Cross Country program.

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California High School varsity cross country runners who received awards at the CHS Cross Couontry Banquet, from left, are senior Ashlee Davis, Pinto Spirit Award and Founders Award; junior Dakota Harris, Pinto Spirit Award; and junior Lizzy Kirby, Founders Award.

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California High School Head Cross Country Coach Josh Grotzinger speaks at the banquet Thursday night at First Baptist Church.

Following a carry-in meal that included a main course of pulled pork donated by Mark Cram's Backdraft BBQ, California, while a slide show of season highlights was displayed, Grotzinger reflected on the season. "First and foremost, I want to thank the parents for their support. "They make it so easy for me to do my job."

For more of this story check out the Nov. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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