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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 64  |  August 11, 2020

LBHS cross country teams finish impressive seasons at the California State Championship

Congratulations to the Laguna Beach High School boys and girls cross country teams on a tremendous finish to their seasons at the California State Championship Meet. Coach Scott Wittkop says, “Racing against 25 of the state’s very best division four programs this past Saturday in Fresno at the State Cross Country Championship, the girls team finished in an impressive fifth place while the boys team earned sixth place honors.” 

Led by an All-State eighth place finish overall, junior Jessie Rose paced the Breakers with a time of 18:12 over the 3.1-mile course. Rose’s time sets a school record for the fastest LBHS girls time on the state course at Woodward Park. 

LBHS cross teams

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Front row: (L-R) Coco Reed, Sierra Read, Morgan Falkowksi, Jessie Rose, Sydney Schaefgen, Tess Brobeck, Nina Rogers, Isabela Reichel, Melanie Falkowski, Hannah Williams, and Kaitlin Ryan; Back Row: (L-R) Luke Anderton, Will Goodwin, Alex Boyd, Meal Metis, Gabe Neff, Tanner Burton, Logan Brooks, Mateo Bianchi, Chris Drews, and Owen van Es

All-CIF runners Morgan Falkowski (23rd, 18:44) and Nina Rogers (36th, 18:57) followed, placing the Breakers in an excellent team scoring position. 

“Racing on heart and experience, seniors Kaitlin Ryan (100th, 20:16) and Sierra Read (101st, 20:19) made a late charge in the final mile of the race to secure the fifth place Breakers finish,” reports Coach Wittkop. 

LBHS cross trio

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(L-R) Logan Brooks, Jessie Rose, and Mateo Bianchi, who received All- State honors

Coach Wittkop says, “The boys were outstanding up front once again this week, with two All-State performances from senior Logan Brooks (3rd, 15:24.7) and junior Mateo Bianchi (10th, 15:36). Brooks’ race also set a school record for the fastest time ever at Woodward Park, eclipsing Matt Neev’s 2010 record by less than a second. Bianchi, fresh off a breakthrough second place CIF performance the previous week, smashed the LBHS junior boys course record.”

The Breakers’ scorers were rounded out by Tanner Burton (90th, 16:51), Mael Metis (100th, 16:56), and Chris Drews (101st, 16:57). 

“The program has never had three All-State recipients in a season before. Rose, Brooks, and Bianchi have firmly secured themselves into LBHS cross country record books and lore with their outstanding effort,” says Coach Wittkop.


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