Cross-country season wraps up for East County state meet qualifiers

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WEBValhalla's state championship meet qualifiers include, from left, Kristin Semancsin, Trent Rule and Shea Ricketts. Photo by Phillip Brents.jpg

Runners from the San Diego Section performed quite admirably at last weekend’s high school state cross-country championship meet in Fresno. Torrey Pines senior Tal Braude won the Division I boys individual title while Orange Glen senior Andrew Tellames placed second in the Division II boys race and La Jolla Country Day junior Natalia Laspada finished third in the Division V girls race.

Additionally, La Jolla Country Day placed third among Division V boys’ teams while

Runners from the San Diego Section performed quite admirably at last weekend’s high school state cross-country championship meet in Fresno. Torrey Pines senior Tal Braude won the Division I boys individual title while Orange Glen senior Andrew Tellames placed second in the Division II boys race and La Jolla Country Day junior Natalia Laspada finished third in the Division V girls race.

Additionally, La Jolla Country Day placed third among Division V boys’ teams while

La Costa Canyon placed fourth among Division II girls’ teams.

The meet took place Saturday, Nov. 30, in Fresno.

Braude won the 5K Division I title in 15:02 — one second ahead of Arcadia senior Estavan De La Rosa — to become the first section state champion since La Costa Canyon’s Darren Fahy in 2011.

Monte Vista, which qualified as a team entry, finished 19th among the 23 Division III girls squads. Top place-finishers for the Monarchs included seniors Celina Lepe (74th, 19:47) and Arlette Sanchez (102nd, 20:12). A total of 190 finishers competed in the 5K race.

As for the 14 individual qualifiers from East County schools:

In the 183-deep Division II girls race, Valhalla senior Kristin Semancsin was 38th in 18:43 while classmate Shea Ricketts was 67th in 19:07. Steele Canyon junior Sophia Alcaraz placed 58th (19:02) in the same race.

In the 184-deep Division II boys race, Steele Canyon junior Josh Paradise finished 65th in 16:16, followed by Valhalla junior Trent Rule (66th, 16:17).

El Capitan junior Kayden Carpenter finished 46th (19:16) in the Division III girls race to lead East County runners.

In the 196-deep Division III boys race, El Capitan seniors Reoh Darwell (16:30) and Jorge Gomez (16:59) finished 57th and 102nd, respectively, while Monte Vista sophomore Tyler Lopez (16:49) finished 84th. 

In the 184-deep Division V girls’ race, Mountain Empire sophomores Makiah Salzano (20:16) and Kyley Inman (20:39) placed 37th and 52nd, respectively. 

In the 198-deep Division V boys’ race, Christian junior William Kiel (17:03), Mountain Empire senior Mason Smith (17:07) placed 39th and 43rd, respectively, while Christian junior Spencer Crouder (18:28) was 130th.

The Foot Locker National Cross Country championship meet is scheduled Dec. 14 at San Diego’s Morley Field. The elite girls race starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by the elite boys race at 10 a.m.

The West regional qualifier is this Saturday, Dec. 7, in Walnut.

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