Props for Monterey High

The Monterey Bay Wednesday Night Laundry Runners club has provided college scholarship funding to local high school distance runners since 2000. This year the club, along with a large donation from the Big Sur International Marathon, is providing $7,500 in scholarship money split among six Monterey County senior runners.

For the first time in ten years, three of these runners are from one school - Monterey High School. Congratulations to Monterey High and Coaches Alex Peterson and Rob Erlich for developing three wonderfully talented student runners. Looking at the accomplishments of Kayla Harvey, James Caress, and Jake Arveson gives us confidence and makes us proud of our younger generation of runners. Props to their parents and teachers as well.

The scholarship recipients are nominated by coaches. They must be high school seniors who participate in both cross-country (XC) and distance track events. They must be talented and successful enough in their running to compete in college, as well as demonstrating academic success and leadership skills.

Kayla Harvey is something special. She competed in cross country and track all 4 years, as well as basketball. She joined a select few by earning the “Iron Woman Award” at Monterey high for her sports participation. She has earned all league in both Cross Country and Track for the last 3 years. She was MBL league champion in the 3200 this year.

Kayla has a 4.2 GPA and is ranked 4th in her class academically. She takes the most rigorous AP classes. She has been team captain in both track and cross country, as well as President of the film club, and secretary of the Christian Youth Group.

She has done Missionary work in Africa and Mexico and still managed to run while in Swaiziland. Kayla will be attending the Air Force academy because “she firmly believes you must contribute back to your country.” Her plans in the Air Force include Foreign Area Studies and Environmental Engineering. She wants to return to Africa some day to assist the people and the land.

James Caress has qualifications that seem to be made up but they are real including Valedictorian of his class and a 4.35 GPA in the toughest classes that are offered. He is an Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist, and is active in World Without Borders, and the schools mock trial team. He even was a guest commentator in the Herald describing the effect CO2 gas has on oceanic PH levels.

James’s running is at the highest level as well in both cross country and distance track. He is current MBL champion in the 3200. He has qualified for the CCS and State meets in cross country.

James will be attending UCLA and majoring in English. He will write and possibly be a lawyer.

Jake Arveson is the most accomplished track and cross county runner in Monterey High history, holding records or top two times in distances from the 800 meters up to 3200 meters. He has run in California State meets in both cross country and track. He has been MBL league champion in several events for multiple years. Jake is running in the State finals of the 800 meters this coming weekend in Fresno.

Jake volunteers with the Monterey Reads project and MY Museum and works with kids to help give them a love of reading and music. He will be going to Sacramento State, running on the Cross Country and track teams, and majoring in History.

We’re thankful to have such talented and giving individuals on the Central Coast and proud that they are part of the Running Life community. If you want to help these and other student runners you can make a tax deductible donation to WNLR Scholarship Fund c/o 24630 Avenida Principal, Salinas, CA. 93908.

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