Story last updated at 2:38 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

Garroutte runs to 6th Outside
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Homer high school wrestler Monte Garroutte is the fastest kid on his team. Not the fastest to score a pin necessarily, but certainly the fleetest of foot.

Garroutte took a weekend off from the mats and headed down to Southern California for the Foot Locker West Regional.

Garroutte posted an impressive sixth-place finish out of more than 200 runners during the junior class race.

The race was held on a notoriously hilly 5-kilometer course at Mt. San Antonio College, in Walnut, Calif.

The Homer junior, a state cross country championships qualifier for the Mariners this season, posted a time of 17:12.

Though the time wasn't his best, Garroutte said that it felt good considering the course.

"No, my time wasn't that great, but the course was just so difficult that it was pretty good," he said. "It's considered one of the toughest college courses. There are three enormous hills on it."

Garroutte said he'd been suffering with a cold going into the event, so he wasn't sure how well he would run.

"It turned out pretty well," he said.

As for being a two-sport athlete, Garroutte said, he figured he would probably keep it going.

"I've been kind of double training for a while," Garroutte added. "(Running) is so much fun, I think I'm going to keep doing it."

Sepp Jannotta can be reached at sjannotta@homer