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Powerful Pack Propels Boys to 3rd Place; Chao, Ruane Earn Podium Spots at State
With a clutch performance from cross country rookie Niki Moore (17), who took over the #2 position for the Cougars, and a career best 16:08 for 5k from Edward Buckley (19), the varsity boys completed their historic season on the podium at the nation's most competitive state championships.
The 3rd place finish in division 3, behind Cathedral Catholic of San Diego and southern section favorite West Torrance, is the best for the Campolindo boys' program since its record-setting runner-up performance in 2008.
Just 200 meters into the race, Moore and Jared Yabu (17) were positioned among the leaders while the rest of their teammates sat in a tight cluster just behind.
Yabu passed through the mile mark in 23rd place at 4:46. Ray Diaz (17), who fought his way back into the #2 position after trailing his teammates off the start, crossed over the checkpoint in 4:53 with Moore, Kyle Flett (17) and Buckley still packed within just a few seconds of each other.
With 1 mile of the race complete, the Cougars were in 4th place, 32 points behind Brea Olinda in 3rd and 52 points back of West Torrence in 2nd.
The race plan was to settle in after a hard start and then make a big push in the 2nd mile. As the race passed over the 2nd checkpoint just beyond the 2-mile mark, it was evident the squad had executed their strategy well. According to the live scores, Campolindo had moved into 3rd place during the middle mile and had cut down the point gap to 2nd place to just 19 points.
In the final mile, Yabu and Diaz held on while Moore and Buckley continued to make up ground. Moore would eventually sprint by Diaz and Buckley would catch Flett in the final stretch.
While the Cougars did not have a top 20 individual, all 5 scorers did finish in the top 50, and the pack margin from 1st to 5th position was an astounding 20 seconds.
The 2016 state meet podium appearance is the 4th for the varsity boys team in school history.
The performance topped all other North Coast Section teams at the state meet. In fact, it was the best showing by any school north of Fresno.
In the girls' division 3 race, Isabella Chao (18) and Hannah Ruane (18) capped an incredible season by landing individual podium spots. Chao's time of 17:48 was 4th best on the Woodward Park course in school history. Ruane's time, which was an improvement by 16 seconds over her previous best, moved her up to 8th on the all-time list.
Powered by sub-20 minute efforts from Jenna Miles (18), Jessie Foxworthy (18) and Savannah Hilton (18), the girls' squad scored 216 points to take 6th place. It is the 20th time in the last 21 years that the Campolindo varsity girls have placed in the top 10 at the state championships.
Catheddral Catholic 82, West Torrance 125, Campolindo 138, Baldwin Park 168, La Costa Canyon 186, Brea Olinda 191, Cathedral 193, Paso Robles 206, Sultana 210, Redwood 259, St. John Bosco 274, Rio Americano 350, Vista Del Lago 387, Livermore 391, Maria Carrillo 393, Placer 401, St. Ignacius 433, Chico 440, Dinuba 498, Riordan 512, Ridgeview 530, Sacred Heart Cathedral 546, Santana 564, Belmont 802
Palos Verdes 75, Esperanza 156, Aptos 156, La Costa Canyon 168, Cathedral Catholic 172, Campolindo 216, Vista Del Lago 234, Redwood 237, Moorpark 255, Laguna Hills 257, University City 291, Rio Americano 298, Corona Del Mar 313, Maria Carrillo 348, Royal 368, Alameda 370, Oak Park 377, Soquel 420, Placer 443, St. Ignacius 459, Shasta 595, Kerman 632, Foothill Bakersfield 633, Fulton College Prep 808