The Dana Hills course sure is fast! This was especially the case for the varsity squad as they went face to face with some of the best of OC and the state as a whole. Eight guys toed the line and each ran a solid race. Tyler Spicer came to race going sub-15 to be the team’s number one runner once again. Same as Spicer, Shane Gaffikin showed consistency from the week before by running the same time of 15:12. Well Done. John Dempsey ran a time of 15:29 to be the team’s #3 showing consistency and steady improvement. Jon Tobin cruised his way to a 15:37 and is as well showing signs of improvement. Tommy Valenti and Chris Thornburgh both go under 16:00 again with times of 15:54 and 15:56. Jonathan Manara runs his way to a 16:04, an outstanding time for a freshman. Matthew Apahidean runs 16:06 to show he’s capable of a varsity spot and running near his best time of the season.
Joshua Bayani and Kevin Sprague. Two of the most dedicated athletes on the team, putting work day in and day out. They took on the rest of the Seniors in Division 3 all alone on Saturday, but they showed no mercy. Joshua Bayani, who has been struggling with some injuries this year, pushed himself through the race to a time of 18:17, just one second off his original PR. Kevin Sprague, pushing through the race ran a PR of 18:31. Great Job Kevin!!!
The Juniors toed the line with four boys, just one shy of being able to score. When the race started though, there were four boys, but when it ended, Brea had four Junior men. Jack Hannum, leading the squad, ran an impressive race, running 16:32, finishing 5th overall, and setting a new PR. Mason Harding and Noah Tamagno toughed out the race together running 17:47 and 48. Cooper Crabtree, had a very impressive race, and ran to a new PR of 18:04
With yet another PR and another race under 17, Ryan Daedler ran his way to a beastly time of 16:38. Carlos Perez, not too far off his previous time, pushed forward for a time of 17:13. John Root, with a fantastic finish at 17:23, beat the next fastest athlete by .3 seconds. Aakash Kadakia, taking a minute off his last race, came in at 17:32. Jordan Ostby, running just over a second over his PR, also went under 18 with a time of 17:44. To add to the enormous list of PR’s at Dana, Chris Furumizo, clearly empowered by his vicinity to the Pacific, sailed past the competition, aware that this was his turf, not Dana’s. Tyler Belknap finished his bell lap on the track, taking 44 seconds off his previous race. Angel Fuerte anchored at 20:58, and Harshal Patel came in at 28:30.
In the last,, race of the day, we saw the Freshmen race. Once again moving under 18, Jack Livingston was first for Brea’s Freshmen. Brea’s second, Shane Park, made some moves for a 43 second PR, while Andrew Kim with the day’s biggest improvement, came in at 21:31. That was a 2 and a half minute PR for Andrew. 10 seconds behind him, was Brandon Kuo, dropping almost a minute from his previous race. Making his debut, Jeremy Guerrero came in at a time of 21:44. Jonathan Cierley and Anthony Motts worked the field together, with Anthony achieving a PR of 22:40. Evan Gomez, despite the heat, earned a respectable time of 27:44. The boys take on the Crestview League this week as they race Preview and then Brea Invite later in the week.
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