In their swan song, the seniors in the JV race left their final mark on the Brea Cross Country program. Leading the Seniors was Jacob Edberg, breaking the sound barrier and his opponents will, Jacob capped off his very last cross country race with over a 30 second PR. 4 years ago Jacob’s very first race at the Great Cow Run gave him the time of 22:50, his time of 17:16 at league finals proves Jacob’s dedication and determination throughout his high school career. Not far behind was Matt Worrall who in his first cross country race 4 years ago also at the Great Cow Run ran 22:46. At league finals, after demolishing those around him and his previous time, Matt got his new PR of 19:05. And Bryan Scanlan who just joined the program last year, ran his first race at the Cool Breeze Invite achieving a time of 24:02. However, after 2 years of Bryan’s training he accomplished his new PR of 20:26 proving that he truly achieve anything he sets his mind to. As this year continues into track and eventually dwindles to an end, I hope the memories of Brea XC stick with them. And of course come to the next Alumni run, because next time we’ll be cheering for team Alumni.
The frosh-soph team showed tremendous strength and courage, as most of them competed in their last race of the season. In one of the toughest and most competitive leagues in the state, Brea’s frosh-soph team took 1st place, beating Canyon 31-42. Nolan Orozco led the team with an overall 2nd place finish with a time of 16:04, an extremely solid time for a only sophomore. Jack Hannum placing 4th, Matthew Apahidean placing 5th, and Shane Gaffikin placing 7th all finished within seconds of each displaying the complete dominance of Brea Olinda. All four of these runners earned the title “All League,” an extremely impressive feat in this league. Rounding out the scoring was Noah Tamagno, who finished 13th overall. John Root and Ryan Daedler both broke 18 in their final race of the season, revealing all the hard work and dedication throughout the season. Winning league is no easy task, especially in this league. The frosh-soph team promises the success of Brea Olinda Cross Country for many more years to come.
Exit regular season. Enter Championship Racing Season. This began with the Century Conference Finals. While the team faced the same competition that they did at League Preview a few weeks back, the same sense of determination and fearlessness remained present throughout the varsity boys’ mentalities. Being one of the fastest leagues in the state and the fact we have 68 consecutive league victories, a lot was at stake. We, however, were not fazed. Led by Daniel Perez who closed in a 4:43 mile towards a 14:44, the team won in a solid victory of 30-43 over canyon, placing 6 in the top 13. Notable performances were Kevin running a great time of 15 09 and Caleb with a time of 15:19. John Dempsey and Tyler Spicer each powered away a great performance as well with times of 15:23 and 15:24. Gio, who injured his foot the week previous, managed to fight through the pain in trainers and ran 15:33. Drew raced a solid race on varsity in route to a 26th place finish and a time of 16:10. Next up comes cif for the boys and time to put on the big boy pants.
Brought to you by Dylan Perlson, John Dempsey, and Daniel Perez