Thank you once again to Alex Fong for putting these wonderful videos together for the boys xc banquet! Below is also a link to all the pictures he took from this season!
2018 Boys XC Photos
California State Championship is not just another race, It is a race for those teams who have trained long and hard, for those who put in 60 to 70 + miles a week, and who have the strength to outperform their competitors. The Brea Varsity team came in ranked 9th in the California Div 3 teams. The team stepped to the line and did not hold back. They gave it everything in their body and ended with 8th place out of the 24 teams that competed in the division 3 state meet.
Shane Gaffikin led the team with a finishing time of 16:01 and 21st place finish. Despite battling a sickness that week, Jonathan Manara did what he had to do for the team and finish 42nd with a time of 16:22. Ryan Daedler with his almighty speed, passed his competition and scored a time of 16:44 placing 74th for the team. Manny Debarros coming out as the second fastest freshman in his division, placing 87th, and achieving a time of 16:51 as a freshmen perfectly showed how amazing and tough Manny is to his competitors and we are very excited to see his continuous success during track next year. Jack Hannum racing his last race of the season, proved victorious as he achieved a time of 16:54 with a placement of 93rd; Jacks effort throughout this season and his dedication truly helped Jack stand out from the rest of the athletes and Jack will be truly missed once he departs to college. Matthew Apahidean (17:21. Placement 137) and Carlos Perez (18:01. Placement 178) also helped contribute towards benefitting our team towards placing 8th and these quick athletes will be highly anticipated to achieve great success during track season!
The team's effort during this season and dedication to this program proved to be fantastic. Our future success and dedication to this sport will most definitely carry us to that State Championship title next year and if our team continues to put in the effort and do everything the coach tells us to to, that state title shall not be difficult to achieve. Our team being the youngest team to race at state this year truly proves our teams strength, and next year a majority of our other division 3 competitors will fear what we will be capable of next year!
Finishing off the last meet of their season, the frosh/soph team came out victorious! The Brea frosh/soph team scored second overall which in comparison, completely showed the capabilities and the strengths of the Boy’s Frosh/Soph team. From the very beginning of their training, a majority of the frosh/soph members from our team focused towards achieving great success and put in all the effort towards training for cross country. The returning sophmores understood the amount of work that had to be put in to improve their previous times. Since the sophomores understood this, many sophomores this season stepped up their game for the greatness of the team. Overall the dedication that came out of these sophomores and the dedication that was shown by these sophomores during their final race proved to be outstanding. The newly introduced freshmen also proved to be a tight pack of talented runners. Our freshmen completely stuck close to each other during this race and because of this strategy, a majority of these freshmen learned how to become skilled and strong during tough races. Overall the amount of effort expressed from the frosh/soph athletes proved to be impactful towards their final race and these individuals will continue their impressive speed during track next season!
The Varsity Boys team at Crestview League Finals proved to be an efficient pack today as they successful brought their team towards achieving third place at league and ultimately caused a majority of their own teammates to achieve great prs. Shane Gaffikin, competing against the intense Logan Underwood, broke that sub 15 barrier once again achieving a time of 14:55 and placing second for the team overall. Also not to far behind, the out of nowhere and talented/fasted Daedler in the family Ryan Daedler peaked with an amazing 15:05 and placed 4th for the team, We are highly expecting Ryan to sub 15 next year! Jack Hannum, Jonathan Manara, Matthew Apahidean, Manny Debarros, and Carlos Perez also proved to be a tight pack helping the team to qualify for CIF Prelims and score points for our placement. Our team proved to be perfectly skilled at Crestview and all of our varsity teams will have absolutely no competition on our hands once we race at CIF Preview.
The JV team asserted absolute dominance in the race as the top 3 Brea runners finished 1,2, and 3. From mile 1 on, Andrew Velasco and Jordan Ostby took off leaving the rest of the race in the dust. They finished 1st and 2nd with times of 16:16 and 16:18. Aakash Kadakia, not too far behind, finished 3rd with a time of 16:39. John Root scored 4th for the team and finished within the top 20 achieving a course best of 17:32. Logan Rios rounded off the team score with a time of 19:17, showing that training with pants, vans, and jackets definitely paid off. The final pack of the JV boys was Chris Furumizo and Angel Fuerte who pushed to the end and finished their season strong. Miguel Andrade came back after a brutal injury and decided to run his last race of the season. He ended up pushing through the pain to finish with a time of 20:09. The JV team overall finished 2nd in the league.
PREVIEW: The Brea Varsity Athletes had an outstanding race at CIF Prelims, with the power of teamwork our team successfully got the opportunity to advance towards CIF Finals and are looking forwards towards qualifying for State. Reviewing the results from this race, Shane Gaffikin with a placement of 8th, helped lead the team towards victory. The Brave and Bold Jack Hannum held all of his strength and completely unleashed this strength against his opponents to help place second for his team and place 16th overall. Jonathan Manara, recently recovering from an injury, showed that he still has incredible speed in him and helped push the team towards receiving that 3rd placement, placing 24th overall. Ryan Daedler, Manny DeBarros, Matthew Apahidean, and Carlos Perez sticking as a pack and pushing the team along helped all of us to qualify for CIF Finals. Recovering from tough races and achieving 3rd at CIF preview is incredible and totally excites us to see how our team will perform at CIF Finals and most importantly State!
FINALS: Once Again, with the power of teamwork and compassion, our Varsity athletes successful achieved that epic StateQualifier! Placing 5th for division 3, Our CIF varsity athletes performed an incredibly, a testament towards the importance of why our team should advance to state. Shane Gaffikin helped the team place 27th through continuing to show his strength and his fondness for helping his team advance to State. Our highly reliable and invincible Senior Jack Hannum yet again proved that Riverside is no match, unleashed his quick speed as he placed 43rd for the team. Not too far behind, Ryan Daedler stepped up from last week and helped the team place 46, helping secure an important placement for our team qualifying to State. Jonathan Manara and Manny DeBarros sticking back to back helped each other finish CIF Finals together like a duo as both of them placed an important 78th and 79th place which also helped contribute towards our qualification to State. Most importantly, Carlos Perez, with his incredible Riverside peak of 16:21 at a difficult course, and Matthew Apahidean continuing to help the team be successful. Our qualification towards State came very close, to qualify among division, only the top seven teams go to state. Luckily, with the power of teamwork and an incredible training effort, our team locked in that 5th place title and our Varsity boys are taking a trip to Fresno!
Brea’s Jv Nationals Division 3 team showed their impressive effort on Mt. SAC's difficult and hilly course today! These JV boys were successful in placing an impressive 3rd place with many amazing outstanding Mt. SAC PR’s. Jordan Ostby with an incredible time of 17:22 ran his way towards sixth place as he completely abolished any hill that attempted to slow him down. Aakash Kadakia ran just under 18 minutes with an out of this world time of 17:59, proving the other teams that nothing will bring Aakash down. Working as a compacted team, Luke Stratton (18:10), Jack Livingston (18:14), and Andrew Velasco (18:16) all finished closely together and helped symbolize the importance of working as a team and of sticking as a pack to accomplish unthinkable goals. Brea’s JV team proved to be an impressive one and we are excited to see how these wonderful men are going to perform at league finals next next week.
The varsity team went up to the line short two athletes. Jonathan Manara and Carlos Perez could not compete because illness and injury, putting the pressure on the others to pick up the slack. Manny DeBarros wrapped up the team of five with a time of 17:06 - his first race on this course. Matthew Apahidean finished fifteen seconds earlier at 16:51. Ryan Daedler stuck on Jack Hannum the entire race, finishing only seconds apart at 16:18 (Ryan) and 16:15(Jack). Shane Gaffikin finished first for Brea. He finished with a time of 16:10, first for Brea, and 24th overall. The team finished ninth.
The freshman were able to show their skills at one the toughest courses in the nation. Jeremy Guerrero came in first for the team and a impressive 13th place finish with a time of 18:34. Scoring second for the team was Benji Garner, who ran a 20:53, showed how he can handle the hills. Andrew Kim and Eric Lee tagged team to the finish and ran times of 22:29 and 22:38. The other duo in that race was Joseph Dalman and Chris Landreth who both finished in 24:31 and 24:41. The team was rounded off by freshman Jayden Rios and Carson Neinhouse. The Frosh-Soph team looks bright for the future with many PR to come their way.
Orange County Championships was quite a muddy adventure that involved steep hills and slippy pathways, but that did not stop our outstanding freshman from completing and racing this incredibly dangerous course. Eric Lee, who raced through not only a difficult course but a incredibly muddy course, got a pr of 21:02 and Carson Nienhouse with a time of 23:20 not too far behind from Eric also gained a sweet and absolutely incredible PR. Jaden Rios (25:34) and Thomas Park (26:39) also accomplished an impressive race working together. This meet might have not had the best conditions nor the greatest weather, but that did not stop the freshmen from providing impressive racing results.
The varsity team went into the race without their number two man, Jonathan Manara, but still had high hopes. Shane Gaffikin finished first for Brea and twenty-fifth overall with a time of 15:25. Next for Brea was Matthew Apahidean with a time of 16:02. Ryan Daedler surged past his teammates in the last mile to finish at 16:14, followed closely by Manuel DeBarros at 16:18. Manny did a great job sticking with Jack Hannum the entire race, who, despite coming off an injury finished fifth for Brea with a time of 16:25. Carlos Perez and Luke Stratton were right behind him, finishing with times of 16:28 and 16:32. Freshman Manny DeBarros and junior Shane Gaffikin both received All-County Honors.
Unfortunately OC Champs was canceled right before the Sophomores got to race; however, the individuals who did not get to race were given the opportunity to condition themselves more to be healthy for Mt. Sac for the weekend!
The Brea Invitational is a different race than most. Unlike most other invites, it is a full five kilometers, and includes challenging terrain and a demanding hill. Instead of the standard frosh/soph, jv, and varsity races, the field is split up into the top two, three through five, and six plus athletes of the underclassmen and upperclassmen. This gives some of the athletes who usually finish somewhere in the middle of a race the chance to lead and win.
The Brea Invitational Proved that the frosh/soph team had capability towards reaching for success, with the frosh/soph level placing sixth out of thirty three teams during the Brea Invite. Luke Stratton with a time of 17:28 dominated the downhill stretch achieving a placement of fifth in total for the frosh/soph division. Not to far behind him was Jack Livingston with a time of 18:14 crushed his opponents and succeeded in not getting doomed by the maleficent hill. Shane Park and Brandon Kuo worked together to achieve 18:45 and 18:50, showing that both of them together truly form an unstoppable duo. Jeremy Guerrero with a time of 19:36 plus unknowingly and awesomely subbing 19 for the 3 mile at the same time truly turned out to be incredible success. Benji Garner also pulling off a similar achievement to Jeremy gained a time of 20:08 with a 3 mile time of 19:29. Evan Gomez, getting a time of 20:40, barely got close to going under 20 minutes in the 3 mile but still was successful at getting not only a pr but an incredible race. Anthony Motts (22:11), Andrew Kim (22:18), Eric Lee (22:34), Carson Nienhouse (26:40), Thomas Park (28:38) and Chris Landreth (23:54) also preformed incredible PRs, showing their capability of being elite athletes. The Brea Invite truly was a success for our younger athletes and their potential will continue to shine for the 5k in the near future.
The Varsity team had an impressive showing even with Shane Gaffikin sitting out, coming in third overall. Jonathan Manara and Ryan Daedler ran the 1-2 race together, subbing seventeen minutes with times of 16:53 and 16:57, respectively. Jack Hannum, although in a different race, was only a few seconds behind at 17:01, which got him third in his race. Also in the 3-5 race was Matthew Apahidean, finishing only nine seconds later at 17:10. The open spot on varsity gave Manny DeBarros the chance to move up from the frosh/soph to varsity level, and he finished with a time of 17:31. Carlos Perez, determined to win and to take back his spot on the varsity level, led and won his race,6-7+, with a time of 17:28. Rounding off the varsity top 7 was Andrew Velasco, overcoming injury and the odds to finish just under 18 minutes with a time of 17:52.
The JV squad also performed remarkably through the tough hills and grueling 5k course. With the support of past Brea runners, Vice Captain Cooper Crabtree and Group 2 founder Noah Tamagno, the JV team was able to run some incredibly fast times and outrun the competition. Miguel Andrade ran up with Velasco and kept with him to finish with a time of 18:18. Following him, Aakash Kadakia came in with a time of 18:27, finishing 21st. Jordan Ostby, the up and coming Alex Fong level photographer, ran an impressive time of 18:40. Behind him was John Root, who continued to fight through his injuries and finished strong with a time of 18:59. Chris Furumizo ran hard from start to finish coming in with a time of 19:54. Last but certainly not least, The team was rounded off by Angel Fuerte and Logan Rios with times of 21:47 and 23:59.
League Preview gives the athletes a chance to run the league finals course and gauge their performance a few weeks before the race takes place.
The JV team dominated the race as 4 of our guys finished in the top 6. The JV was led by Ryan Daedler, who, despite a small injury during the week, pulled off a 16:00 and won the race from start to finish. Not too far was Andrew Velasco, running a time of 16:28 and showing how injuries don't even faze him anymore. Once again the duo of Aakash Kadakia and Miguel Andrade came in with times of 16:52 and 17:04, both working together to achieve new PRs. Chris Furumizo finished off the team score coming in at 18:22 and showing how sub 18 is just a few races away. John Root raced through the pain of shin splints and finished with an impressive time 18:38. The JV team was finished off by Angel Fuerte and Logan Rios who ran 19:57 and 20:16, looking strong for the season. Overall the JV team looks very strong and will no doubt destroy their competitors when it comes to League Finals.
In the Frosh/Soph race, Jack Livingston and Luke Stratton led the race from start to finish, with Luke beating his teammate in the end by only a few seconds to get him a 16:55 and a first place, Jack ran 16:58 and placed second. Next came Brandon Kuo, flexing his strength over his main rival, Shane Park. Brandon came in 7th place with a time of 17:28, 40 seconds faster than Shane’s 18:08. Finishing off the top 5 for Brea was Jeremy Guerrero, with a massive 70 second PR taking him to a time of 19:05. Next came Benji Garner, with an even larger 90 second PR at 19:32. Behind him at 20:08 was Anthony Motts, followed by Evan Gomez at 20:20 with a 55 second PR. Eric Lee at 22:12 with a 45 second PR, Jaden Rios at 23:41 with a PR, Andrew Kim at 25:18, Carson Nienhouse at 27:13, and Thomas Park at 28:08. The team came in second, but with three already in the top ten and several PRs, the future looks promising for them.
At the end of the day, the Varsity proved to be a force to be reckoned with by placing 1st for the day. Shane Gaffikin ran a time of 15:19 and scored 3rd place for the team. Jonathan Manara (15:31. 8th), Matthew Apahidean (15:34. 10th), and Jack Hannum (15:32. 9th) proved to be the ultimate pack and truly symbolized during this race that sticking with a pack always leads to massive success. Placing 3rd in state last year mostly derived from sticking as a pack so seeing our team achieve this strategy early is truly outstanding. Manny Debarros (16:01. 19th) and Carlos Perez (16:14. 21st) also scored incredible PRs and placements with both athletes edging closer and closer towards that sub 16 mark. The Varsity team truly did an outstanding job and their success now is definitely going to pay off later down the road towards gaining back that League title.
7:00 a.m. PARK OPENS (Trying to get a 6:00-6:15 opening-update to follow)
RACE TIME LEVEL AWARDS
1 8:15 BOYS F/S 6-7 OTHER 20 MEDAL
2 8:30 GIRLS F/S 6-7 OTHER 20 MEDAL
3 8:50 BOYS F/S 3-5 20 MEDAL
4 9:05 GIRLS F/S 1-5 20 MEDAL
5 9:25 BOYS F/S 1-2 20 MEDAL
6 9:40 GIRLS VAR 1-2 20 MEDAL
7 10:00 BOYS VAR 1-2 20 MEDAL
8 10:15 GIRLS VAR 3-5 20 MEDAL
9 10:35 BOYS VAR 3-5 20 MEDAL
10 10:50 GIRLS VAR 6,7 OTHER (AND JV) 20 MEDAL
11 11:10 BOYS VAR 6,7 OTHER (AND JV) 20 MEDAL
*The following races are scored together to determine team times:
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