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Cross country season wraps up for South County state meet qualifiers Phillip Brents | Fri, Dec 06 2013 01:52 PM

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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