Captain’s Log - Preview
Carlos Perez, coming in at 17:43, was Brea’s #1 frosh runner, despite being alone for much of the race. Jordan Ostby, closely followed by John Root, was Brea's second. John Root, apparently ditching his racing buddy Aakash Kadakia for Jordan Ostby, came in at 18:10. Aakash, despite enduring the greatest betrayal since Anakin Skywalker marched on the Jedi Temple, pushed for a time of 18:30, without John Root.
Chris Furumizo, not far behind, achieved a PR of 18:36. Tyler Belknap, all pistons firing, came in at 18:48. Angel Fuerte battled it out to the finish with Yorba Linda's fourth, Logan Rios a few seconds behind him. Shane Park and Brandon Kuo finished together with a time of 20:45. Anthony Motts, Andrew Kim, Jeremy Guerrero, Josiah Jepsen, Jonathon Cierley, Evan Gomez, Joseph Dalman, Joseph Rivas and Harshal Patel brought up the rear in their first Crestview League meet.
The Crestview League: one of the toughest leagues in all of Orange County, nay, in all of the state. The League Preview meet is where everyone can get a look and feel for what the race will be like at league final. The conditions. The competition. The atmosphere. All of it. Although the JV Squad moved some members up to Varsity, they showed up to race and competed. On Wednesday, the team was led by Junior Noah Tamagno, running 17:39 and finishing 5th overall. After Noah came Mason Harding, striding with the blades to a 12th place finish and a time of 18:07. Cooper Crabtree, coming off an impressive race at Dana Hills Invite, finished just behind Mason, running 18:09. Senior Kevin Sprague placed 26th overall, running and impressive race with a time of 19:11. Joshua Bayani rounded out the group running 19:52 and finishing 27th. He also injured himself mid race, but showed true toughness and grit of a real cross country runner and pushed through to the finish. We wish him the best for a speedy recovery. The team placed 5th overall.
This past week, with two races coming near back to back, it was an opportunity for some people to run varsity in one race while other varsity members plan to race a couple of days after. Those that stepped up to the plate though happened to race fairly well, as well as the whole varsity team as a whole. Century Conference is a fairly dominant conference for cross country, especially the Crestview League. Teams like Canyon, Esperanza and Foothill all present challenges. With Tyler Spicer, Shane Gaffikin, and Jon Tobin all racing on Saturday, Jack Hannum, Matt Apahidean, and Ryan Daedler all raced in the varsity race. John Dempsey ran 15:34 to lead the squad and placed 6th in the race. Tommy Valenti showed once again hes capable of beating 16:00 with a time of 15:51. Jonathon Manara runs the 3rd fastest time as a freshman at Yorba with a time of 16:00. Matt Apahidean finishes right behind Jonathon with a time of 16:07 in his bring up to varsity. Chris Thornburgh ran a time of 16:12 showing toughness as he ran through a lot of pain in his leg. Ryan Daedler runs 16:18 for a huge PR in his first varsity race. Jack Hannum also runs a great time of 16:34 to round out the squad.
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