CIF State Championships
Woodward Park
Fresno CA
Saturday, November 26, 2022


Girls Out-score Nearest Rival by 68 Points to Claim 3rd Consecutive State Title; 51-Second Margin Keeps Boys on Podium

With conditions warming throughout the schedule at Saturday's CIF state championships on Fresno's Woodward Park 5k course, the Campolindo girls approached their race with a measure of optimism as they attempted to defend a 3-year title streak and claim a 1st-ever berth in the NXN national championships.

As has been the case all season, Ellie Buckley (23) and Shea Volkmer (24) provided the Cougars with an incomparable front-running tandem, completing the 1st mile in 5:27 to position themselves among the top 6. Rachel Moen (24) was also out aggressively in 5:37, leading a string of red and white that gave the team a gaudy 52-point advantage over San Diego's Cathedral Catholic at the early scoring check point. Makena Weberski (24) and Kate Kabenina (24) clung to Moen's heels as they crossed over the sensor in 5:38.

In the critical middle mile, Buckley and Volkmer each picked up places, but it was a heroic 8-position leapfrog from Moen that allowed the Cougars to maintain their impressive advantage in the team standings.

Buckley and Volkmer closed out the final mile to finish in 17:53 and 17:56, respectively, earning podium honors. Moen was next to cross the line in 13th place, crushing her previous mark on the course by over a minute. Caroline McCool traded positions with Kabenina down the final stretch as the pair closed out the scoring among the top 30.

Ultimately, the performance was good enough for the 2nd-fastest team time of the day, behind division 1 winner and USA #3 Buchanan High School. The 92:08 mark is also 2nd-best in school history.

The final race of the day featured a historic run from the Central Section's Oakdale High School, which posted one of the lowest division 3 all-time team scores to claim a commanding victory. Nevertheless, the Cougar boys showed their determination as Alex Lodewick (23) sprinted to the font at the gun. By the mile mark, the Cal bound senior was positioned just behind the leader, crossing in 4:41.

Keeping the squad in contention was Connor McGhee (23) and Blake Webster (23), who each flirted with the top 10 for the duration of the race.

Paulo Trento (24) was once again most improved among the squad, making up an astounding 48 places from the 1st mile mark to the finish.

In the end, Campolindo managed to reprise their runner-up performance from the previous year and helped the Cougars to a 4th consecutive year with both squads on the podium.


13 CONNOR MCGHEE 12 15:43
15 BLAKE WEBSTER 12 15:50
39 ALEX LODEWICK 12 16:17
49 BARON WALSH 11 16:24
58 PAULO TRENTO 11 16:31
80 ALEX THOMASSON 11 16:46
124 SIDDHARTH IYER 10 17:21

Oakdale 56, Campolindo 109, Dana Hills 127, Westmont 174, Sage Creek 206, Thousand Oaks 229, Moorpark 230, West Torrance 234, St. Ignacius 250, Santa Margarita 253, University City 282, Ponderosa 327, West Ranch 345, Dos Pueblos 352, Newark Memorial 385, Maria Carrillo 388, Beyer 396, Santana 428, Chico 433, Las Lomas 494, Pioneer Valley 519, Lowell 541, Verdugo Hills 615, Lompoc 625, Foothill Bakersfield 677



3 ELLIE BUCKLEY 12 17:53
4 SHEA VOLKMER 11 17:56
13 RACHEL MOEN 11 18:25
30 KATE KABENINA 11 18:57
59 SLOAN PULLEN 10 19:39

Campolindo 63, Cathedral Catholic 128, University City 130, Dan Hills 172, Willow Glen 205, South Torrance 235, Montgomery 253, La Costa Canyon 255, Sage Creek 263, Ponderosa 328, Yorba Linda 328, Northgate 331, Shadow Hills 355, West Torrance 380, Maria Carrillo 392, Placer 396, Corona Del Mar 398, Moorpark 410, Leland 478, Chico 489, Lowell 496, Independence 522, El Dorado 552, Wasco 629, Bernstein 778