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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A travel meet is not too common for most teams. A travel meet in Texas however, is near rare. Yet, that’s exactly what 12 of the top runners at Brea did this past weekend. At the Southlake Carroll Invite, the top 7 came to race well and race well they did. The boys got 2nd out of almost 50 teams from the great state of Texas and had a remarkable time doing so. Tyler Spicer ran a fantastic race, being the team’s top runner at 15:51 for the 5k. Shane Gaffikin also ran a fantastic race, clocking a PR for the 3 mile and 5k with a time of 16:00. John Dempsey and Jon Tobin finished in close proximity of each other, they clocked times of 16:16, and 16:20, respectively. Chris Thornburgh and Tommy Valenti both managed their ways to 3 mile PR’s as well with times of 16:25 a piece, Chris just narrowly leaning Tommy for the 5th spot by 0.04 seconds. Jonathan Manara finished at a fantastic time for a freshman at 16:40 to round out the top 7.
Led by Carlos Perez's time of 17:21, Brea JV placed 5th at Southlake Carroll Invite. Carlos got out fast, competing with ease against D1 competition. Notably, Mason Harding, the blades slicin’ and dicin’ the field, finished just behind Jack Hannum, the pair taking jerseys left and right. The only more impressive pair on the field was Ryan Daedler and freshman Jack Livingston. Jack's past experience in racing served him well over the course, giving him the confidence to stick with the sophomore. The duo’s performance would have been a quality 5th Lethal Weapon movie, as the pair consistently worked together to kick butt.
The crew takes on Woodbridge this week as fast times seem to also be in store.
The beginning of the season is a testament to all of the hard work everyone puts in through the summer, and it showed on Saturday 9/2 at the Riverside showcase. There were great races all around on the Frosh/Soph side, but two notable performances were those from Carlos Perez and Ryan Daedler, running 12:16 and 12:18 for a 2.25 mile course, running close to some of the varsity times. Carlos began the race strong, but started to fade, just when Ryan Daedler made his move up and pulled Carlos along, helping him with a monster kick. The team placed 5th overall, beating rival Canyon who placed 13th.
JV is often the bread and butter of a team, and Brea JV is no different. With Seniors and Juniors, the Junior Varsity brings its experience to the table. Jack Hannum certainly benefited from his previous seasons, coming in at 13:01. Mason Harding's discipline over the summer showed, coming in second for Brea at 13:17:7. The team was buoyed by seniors Joshua Bayani and Kevin Sprague, and Junior Noah Tamagno. The combined efforts of these athletes put Brea Olinda JV in twelfth.
With the first race come the first challenges and experiences on the Varsity level. With half of the varsity squad getting their first race on the varsity level, they had a lot of gaps to fill and they did a good job of doing it. Seniors John Dempsey and Tyler Spicer both finished in the top 20 while Chris Thornburg finished just 20 seconds behind for the number three spot on the team. Shane Gaffikin and Jon Tobin finished next to each other. Shane in his first varsity race and Jon, having dealt with the flu and a hip injury during the week, both of whom had solid days with more to improve upon. Tommy Valenti, having run a solid effort of 12:10, showed he's capable of sticking to a varsity effort. Jonathan Manara rounded out the varsity squad with his first varsity race as a freshman, running a solid time of 12:15. The boys take on Texas next week at the Southlake Carroll invite to take on the best from Texas.
This Saturday we will be racing at the Riverside Showcase. The race location is the “Riverside Cross Country Course”. Races begin at 7:40. This is the same location as the CIF Prelims and Finals course from last year, but we will be running a 2.25 course. Spectator parking is supposed to be in the lot off of Orange st. And will be $5. The schedule of races will be the following.
7:40 am- JV Girls
8:00 am-S/F Boys
8:20 am-S/F Girls
8:40 am- V Boys
9:00 am- V Girls
9:20 am- JV Boys
The pasta party for this race will actually be on Thursday at the Crabtree’s home, located at 901 Tracie in Brea.
Thursday evening we will be running the Villa Park Fun Run. It is at Villa Park High School located at 18042 Taft Ave, Villa Park, CA 92861. It is a three mile race that loops around Villa Park’s campus. Here are the details below:
Time to arrive: 5:30 PM, this is to make sure that we have enough time to get a proper warm up and stretch routine before the race. Athletes do not need to bring money for race entry, but they may bring cash for concessions if they want. We will begin our warm up promptly at 5:40 PM
Race begins: 6:30 PM, athletes will take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to complete the race course.
Post race: All athletes will go on a cool down run of minimum 2 miles and will stretch after the run. Please keep this in mind when making plans to pick up athletes. The sooner they get this done, the sooner they can be picked up.
Please remember that even with the VP run in the evening, we will still have morning practice at Olinda Ranch. It will be a light shakeout run before the race.
It was an impressive showing by the alumni, filling the first four spots and the first Brea athlete coming in 5th. Final score: 16-52, results below:
Dear Cross Country Athletes and Alumni,
This is a friendly reminder that the boys cross country alumni run will be this Saturday, July 22nd at 8 AM at Olinda Ranch. Please note that there is a separate girls alumni run the following weekend. We will begin the race at 8:15 AM and announce the Hall of Fame inductee after the race results are announced.
Breakfast will be provided by the booster club. There will be T-Shirts for sale for any athlete, parent or alumni looking to show their team spirit and a silent auction for a cross country t-shirt quilt.
Please remember that we are asking for a $3 donation for each racing bib with the intent to use the money raised to help athletes pay for Mammoth Camp.
Thank you for your continued support,
Boys summer training has been updated for all weeks of summer. Please view schedule through the link below or the permanent link in the "training" tab. All morning practices are 8:00 AM and all evening practices are 5:30 PM unless otherwise noted. Please make sure you notify of your planned absences through xcstats.com. Make sure your athleticclearance.com paperwork is completed, we'll see you Monday morning at Country Hills!
Dead Period runs led by the returning Varsity runners begin on Monday, June 19. Please see the attached summer schedule which includes all locations and times through the end of July.
The first day of organized summer practice (with coaches) is July 10th at Brea Jr. High School at the park on the east end. Practice is at 4:00pm with a short parent meeting before the run. All athletes must be cleared on www.athleticclearance.com in order to practice. This includes printing out the confirmation page, signing and turning it in. If you do not know if you are cleared, please contact me.
Please fill out the attached summer camp sign up form and bring it on July 10th.
Girls Summer Information
Girls summer practice schedule
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