Because while Shawhan wrapped up a solid junior track season with the CCS fifth, he still had his senior year to look forward to. And the Gatos distance star is already making the most of it.
Shawhan raced to a 10th-place finish in the De La Salle Nike Invitational in Concord last Saturday, stopping the watch at 15:59 to place high in the field of 300 runners.
Individually our top three all ran very competitively with (Shawhan) leading the way with another top 10 finish, said Los Gatos first-year head coach Karl Keska. And he broke the coveted 16-minute mark for the second week in a row.
Los Gatos finished 11th overall in the 42-team field at Concord's Newhall Park.
Michael Johnson was 16th in 16:08 with Dane Sawyer 36th in 16:36.
[Johnson] ran very strongly and improved upon last week's opening time, and [Sawyer] also ran very solidly, being our third man, said the coach of the two seniors.
Keska is still looking for the runners who will step up into the fourth and fifth spots on the squad.
After graduating six varsity seniors, the team's challenge now is to close the gap between our top three scorers and our fourth and fifth scorers.
Junior David Frazer and senior Evan DuCharme finished four-five for the Cats at
Transfer Chris May, a junior, and freshmen Will Geikow and Justin Surma are newcomers expected to help the squad this fall. Senior Rye Livington and sophomores Ravi Garcia and David Beam are other Gatos hopefuls.