Despite racing in the middle of the day and without sophomores to back them up, the freshmen performed admirably. Far from unlucky, Jack Livingston's 13th place finish demonstrated exceptional talent. Shane Park impressed everyone with his splits, his mile splits; 6:49 average. Gunnar Cierley debuted at 22:36, while Anthony Motts and Andrew Kim rounded it the squad with times of 23:20 and 23:56, respectively.
Easily the most impressive performance of the day, Matthew Apahidean 16:07 race, moving him into Varsity, and taking second in his race. Surely he will beat his older brother's personal record within the season. It's always fantastic to see teammates packing up, and no one does it better than Ryan Daedler, who held onto Carlos Perez's shoulder with everything he had. Working together, Ryan Daedler and Carlos Perez both dropped under 17 minutes, the mileage clearly paying off. Jordan Ostby, mild mannered, reserved, tore it up on the field, and dropped the hammer on the field. Rounding out the top 5 was the second duo of the day: Akash Kadakia, and John Root. Now, clearly the Root Loops have been paying off for John Root, the question is, from whence doth Akash Kadakia derive his great constitution from? Could it be his mileage? His discipline? His diet? However it's also possible he has been joining John on his Root Loops. Surfacing from the deep like an Ohio class submarine, Christopher Furumizo demolished the landlubber competition. Finally out of the water, he was able to unleash his nuclear power on the unsuspecting athletes, coming in just under 19 minutes. True to his name, Angel Fuerte flexed on competitors, and really showed exactly how strong Brea Olinda is. Sidelined last track season by a dirt bike injury, Tyler Belknap is back for the bell lap coming in strong at 19:52. Finally Logan Rios, with the ability of a ferret, the tact of a lizard, and the courage of a dog, rounded out the sophomore squad with a time of 20:25.
The Juniors and Seniors didn’t disappoint. Juniors Jack Hannum and Noah tamagno had great races, coming within seconds of their original PR, and Kevin Sprague had one of the races of his life, falling short of his original PR by 1 second, but still very impressive. Notable performances came from Cooper Crabtree, who wrecked his PR from last year by over a minute and thirty seconds and Joshua Bayani who beat his PR by 10 seconds.
Under the lights are when some of the most memorable moments are made. This idea definitely defined what happened to the varsity squad at Woodbridge. Racing in the night invitational race,
The boys knew they were in for a fast race. Leading the squad was Tyler Spicer who ended up racing to a PR in the 3 mile en route to a time of 14:54, becoming one of the few elite Brea runner to make that feat. Shane Gaffikin also had the race of his life, running 15:12 only as a sophomore becoming the 22nd fastest sophomore 3 mile in the nation according to Milesplit. Tommy Valenti also raced to a PR with an outstanding time of 15:25 who, along with Chris Thornburgh with a time of 15:31, have shown great improvement this far into the season. John Dempsey ran a time of 15:31, showing improvement from last week’s race and good to round out the top 5. Jonathan ran an outstanding time for a freshman with a time of 16:05 and to round out the varsity squad was Jon Tobin, who toughed out a race that he was feeling immense pain. The squad takes on another fast race this saturday at Dana Hills with some of the best of OC.
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