PCHS alum has record-breaking day
November 1, 2013
Submitted by University of San Diego Athletics
Sunnyvale, Calif. – The University of San Diego raced at Baylands Park on Oct. 21 in the region that is home to many of the world’s largest technology corporations and startups. Gillian Gorelik, a 2010 Park City High School graduate, buzzed with the same radiant energy that builds chips to post a new personal best. Gorelik led the charge on the women’s side by smashing the University of San Diego’s all-time six-kilometer record. Gorelik finished 18th out of a field of over 200 runners in 21 minutes, 1 second (a 5:39 pace), smashing the USD record by 11 seconds.
"I knew I was geared to run well and have been training so hard with my team to do so," said Gorelik. "It was a race that I focused on nothing more than having fun and getting and maintaining my racing spirit. Thanks to great coaching from Park City High School and now from USD I’ve been able to put it all together."
"Our team showed up to race, and as a coach one cannot get greedy, but savor the results," said coach Will Guarino. "There were so many teams from throughout the country, and some from Canada, and of course we raced against several West Coast Conference schools. We loved the racing atmosphere that was put on by Santa Clara."
This was Gorelik’s last tune-up race for what will look to be a barnburner in a couple of weeks at Malibu. Judging from her time, it appears that the she is well-prepared to race her heart out at the West Coast Conference Championships in a couple of weeks.
"It’s always great to see our Park City alums doing well at the next level. Gillie has represented many of the great things about Park City High School Cross Country, both in her time here and beyond," said Steve Cuttitta, assistant PCHS cross country coach.
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Jeff Wyant, PCHS head cross country coach, said "it’s great to see her being so successful at the collegiate level and it’s wonderful to see our former athletes carrying on a great tradition. Gillie has proven she can run with the best in the country."