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Cross country season wraps up for South County state meet qualifiers

Fri, Dec 06 2013 01:52 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

Runners from the San Diego Section performed quite admirably at last weekend’s high school state cross country championship meet in Fresno. Torrey Pines senior Tal Braude won the Division I boys individual title while Orange Glen senior Andrew Tellames placed second in the Division II boys race and La Jolla Country Day junior Natalia Laspada finished third in the Division V girls race.

Additionally, La Jolla Country Day placed third among Division V boys teams while
La Costa Canyon placed fourth among Division II girls teams.

The meet took place Saturday, Nov. 30, in Fresno.

Braude won the 5K Division I title in 15:02 — one second ahead of Arcadia senior Estavan De La Rosa — to become the first section state champion since La Costa Canyon’s Darren Fahy in 2011.

Mater Dei Catholic, which qualified as a team entry, finished 22nd among 23 Division IV boys squads. Sophomore Salvador Rodriguez had the best finish among Crusader harriers by timing 16:42 — 41st among the 197 individuals. Also competing in the race were sophomore Joseph Chiappe (158th, 18:15), freshmen Juan Pablo Villegas (161st, 18:16) and Luis Humber Gomez (168th, 18:23), sophomore Santiago Mazoy (172nd, 18:33), freshman Ezekiel Campos (174th, 18:35) and junior Matthew Ireland (183rd, 18:48).

As for the three individual qualifiers from Metro Conference schools:

San Diego Section Division III boys individual champion Javier Osuna of Montgomery placed 52nd with a time of 16:26 among the 196 race finishers.

In the 198-deep Division I girls race, Sweetwater senior Erika Gonzalez finished 77th with a time of 18:58 while Otay Ranch junior Darla Osuna was 94th with a time of 19:10.

The Foot Locker National Cross Country championship meet is scheduled Dec. 14 at San Diego’s Morley Field. The elite girls race starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by the elite boys race at 10 a.m.

The West regional qualifier is this Saturday, Dec. 7, in Walnut.

East County round-up
Monte Vista, which qualified as a team entry, finished 19th among the 23 Division III girls squads. Top place-finishers for the Monarchs included seniors Celina Lepe (74th, 19:47) and Arlette Sanchez (102nd, 20:12). A total of 190 finishers competed in the 5K race.

As for the 14 individual qualifiers from East County schools:

In the 183-deep Division II girls race, Valhalla senior Kristin Semancsin was 38th in 18:43 while classmate Shea Ricketts was 67th in 19:07. Steele Canyon junior Sophia Alcaraz placed 58th  (19:02) in the same race.

In the 184-deep Division II boys race, Steele Canyon junior Josh Paradise finished 65th in 16:16, followed by Valhalla junior Trent Rule (66th, 16:17).

El Capitan junior Kayden Carpenter finished 46th (19:16) in the Division III girls race to lead East County runners.
In the 196-deep Division III boys race, El Capitan seniors Reoh Darwell (16:30) and Jorge Gomez (16:59) finished 57th and 102nd, respectively, while Monte Vista sophomore Tyler Lopez (16:49) finished 84th.

In the 184-deep Division V girls race, Mountain Empire sophomores Makiah Salzano (20:16) and Kyley Inman (20:39) placed 37th and 52nd, respectively.

In the 198-deep Division V boys race, Christian junior William Kiel (17:03), Mountain Empire senior Mason Smith (17:07) placed 39th and 43rd, respectively, while Christian junior Spencer Crouder (18:28) was 130th.

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