Bright lights, flat ground, fast races, and pure speed and will. The definition of the Woodbridge Night Sweepstakes Race. With the varsity boys having competed in this this past Saturday, the team performed well and are getting closer to the main goal of a state title. The team placed 9th in the race but was the 4th California team. Some great performances were Gio Orellana and Daniel Perez both running sub-15s and both PRing with times of 14 54 and 14 55 respectively. Some other Prs included Caleb Myers with a time of 15 14 and Drew Apahidean with a time of 15 47. Jon Tobin ran a great race along with Tyler Spicer with times of 15 34 and 15 33 respectively. The next race up for the boys is Dana Hills Invite which will also bring fast times for the varsity squad.
Kevin Mcnulty is back at it again with a performance that made everyone in his race bow down to their new master. Shifting it to a higher gear, Mcnulty drops the front pack and gives himself a nice 50 second lead to the finish. To everyone on the course, you could see runners pinching themselves, because Mcnulty had just become their nightmare. Because when Mcnulty hits his kick, it’s impossible for anybody else to stick. It was like watching an impassable chasm being created between Kevin and everybody behind him. Everyone at Woodbridge went home fearing his name. This Saturday it won’t matter whether you're from Canyon, Great Oak, or a lion’s den: all will move aside in awe and fear when Mcnulty steps up to the line.
The conditions were not great at the Woodbridge Invitational for those that raced earlier in the day. Although this may have hindered fast times, it did not hinder the competitiveness and toughness that the freshman and sophomores displayed on Saturday. Cross country is all about how one reacts when it gets hard. Fortunately, Brea has runners who can compete no matter what the conditions are. Shanke Gaffikin and Mathew Apahidean now have a habit of racing together and coming within a second of each other. At Woodbridge, Shane was able to hold off Mathew Apahidean at the finish line in a strong effort from both of them. Carlos Perez, Nick Orozco, and Logan Root all scored for the team securing an 8th place team finish. Nick has had a tough route this season with injuries but has remained fearless in his training. A great effort from Logan caused him to score for the first time. As for the sophomores, Jack Hanum had an amazing race coming in first for the team and powering to a 16th place finish. Behind him were Jacob Wood, who had a very solid race with a 28th place finish, and Noah Tamagno. Adan Villanueva and Kyle Song were the 4th and 5th runners for Brea. Kyle enabled the sophomores to take a respectable team finish of 5th with his great race. Overall though, it was not a fast day for the freshman and sophomores, but it demonstrated their toughness and character.
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November 25, 2023
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