The race was held at Mount San Antionio College, a course infamous for its many hills. After a race of 17:06, Blackwell had placed 73rd in the overall race. The fact that he even qualified for this race is a huge accomplishment. He was disappointed, however, with his result, but happy that he had gotten so far in CIF. Blackwell stated: “If I wasn’t hurt for two weeks and was able to practice to my fullest, then I know for sure I’d be going to Fresno for the state meet on Saturday.”
Considering all of this, Blackwell was also the only runner representing Costa Mesa at the meet and this was also his first time making it to CIF for Cross Country. After running for Costa Mesa three consecutive seasons, Blackwell concludes his high school Cross Country career. He plans to continue to run in college for a college team.