Cool Breeze Invitational was the season opener for all levels on the team and the goals of the varsity team to win state again seem to be off on the right start. Even though the team placed 3rd behind the talented teams of Claremont (#2 team in D2) and Desert Vista (One of the best teams of Arizona), our varsity team still performed exceptionally well for the first official meet of the season. Some notable performances were Gio Orellana, who lead the entire race for the first half of the race, Caleb Myers, who raced in the front for most of the race in route to an exceptional time, Tommy Valenti and Nolan Orozco, who performed well for their first varsity races, and most noticeably, Daniel Perez, who finished as our number one scorer and ran a PR of 15:11. With more fast times to come, especially at our upcoming Woodbridge meet, the team looks primed for another shot at the state championships.
After the crime scene investigation, it was discovered that Chris Thornburgh was the culprit behind the complete and utter evisceration of everyone in his path at the Coolbreeze Invite. Multiple witnesses say that once Chris Thornburgh would pass someone, there was no chance of survival. It is clear that this was a crime of passion. Passion for dominance, victory, and glory. After a trial by jury, Chris Thornburgh was deemed GUILTY of the outright annihilation of all who stood in his path. The punishment for such carnage? A court order to do it once again at his next race.
After Chris’ devastating injury last year, his determination and perseverance through recovery has been an inspiration to myself and the entire team. The fact that Chris would never give up, shows in his race performance at Coolbreeze and is merely the beginning of something big for Chris this year.
The official cross country season has finally begun and the freshman and sophomores displayed their hard work and extreme dedication over the summer. In the freshman race, Mathew Apahidean and Shane Gaffikan led the charge by finishing 13th and 14th overall, both running impressive PR’s. Ryan Daedler had one of the best races running a massive PR by over a minute and twenty seconds and finishing 3rd for the team. Tyler Belknap and Carlos Perez finished 4th and 5th right behind each other scoring for the team. As well as the freshmen, the sophomores also wore the Brea jersey with pride. Aiden Villanueva ran over a minute faster than the Bousquet Race with a time of 16:55. He finished 16th overall in the race. Coming in 2nd and 3rd for the team were Mason Harding and Jack Hanum. Mason had a huge race also running almost a minute faster than his previous race. Noah Tamagno and Jacob Woody balanced the scoring for the sophomores, who finished 3rd overall in their race making the podium. Both the freshman and sophomore race had numerous PR’s demonstrating the diligence and determination shown each day at practice. As John Wooden says, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
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