There’s no question that Katarina Borchin loves to run. The Calaveras High School sophomore didn’t slow down after a strong freshman year in cross country and track and field.
During the cross country season, Borchin had four first-place finishes. In the 3-mile race at the Mother Lode League finals, Borchin took first with her time of 20:39. She then set a season record in a three-mile race at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Subsection Meet with her second-place time of 19:57. Borchin placed third at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship and advanced to the CIF State Championship Meet. There, Borchin finished the 5,000-meter run in 19:25.
When the track season rolled around, Borchin helped lead her team to a Mother Lode League championship. The young distance runner competed in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. In the 800-meters, Borchin set a season record with a time of 2:31.65. She took first at the league finals in the 1,600-meter race and then set a personal record at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finals with her third-place time of 5:24.44. Borchin recorded four first-place finishes in the 3,200-meter run, with a new personal record of 12:20.14 set at the league finals.
“Katarina is coming into her own as a runner,” Calaveras head coach Doug Avrit said. “I think more than anything ,she has begun to believe that she can compete with a lot of good runners and this translates into high-level performances. She really showed this during the cross country season as she just kept getting better throughout the season. She was the backbone of our distance squad during track. Another just very likable young person and a joy to coach.”