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Breakers Dominate in Cross Country League Finals

Laguna Beach junior Natalie Kimball steps across the line as Orange Coast League’s champ. Photos by Robert Campbell

Laguna Beach junior Natalie Kimball steps across the line as Orange Coast League’s champ. Photos by Robert Campbell

On a day dominated by Breaker runners, both Laguna Beach High cross country teams won Orange Coast League titles Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Irvine Regional Park.

Junior Natalie Kimball ran a personal record time of 18:19 over the three-mile course to capture the girls individual title. She is now tied with senior teammate Eliza Romero for the sixth fastest time in school history.

Senior Veda Rebollar ran a 15:18 to capture the boys title, knocking 36 seconds off his PR in the process.

Even with top five runner Romero on the sidelines with a bad back, the CIF number one ranked girls still dominated, finishing 1, 2, 4, 5, and 9 for an easy 21-45 win over Godinez. Costa Mesa finished third with 87. The first four Laguna finishers all set personal records.

The third ranked boys were equally impressive, finishing 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8 to post a score of 23, beating runner up Costa Mesa by 39 points. Godinez was a distant third with 72.

Junior Brenna Merchant’s 18:23 ties her for ninth all time. Freshman Kirsten Landseidel’s 18:36 is good enough for 13th all time. And junior Janie Crawford’s 18:38 is the 14th best ever. Sophomore Pearl Shoemaker rounded out the scoring five with a 19:22.

Sophomore Taylor Alvarez (19:22, 10th) and freshman Greer Jacobs (19:27, 12th) finished

Senior Veda Rebollar wins the Orange Coast League championship, shaving 36 seconds off his personal best.

Senior Veda Rebollar wins the Orange Coast League championship, shaving 36 seconds off his personal best.

sixth and seventh for Laguna.

Rebollar was followed by junior Cameron Zuziak (15:27), senior Casey Koprowski (15:33), and sophomores Drake Butler (16:02) and Mason Pitz (16:10).  Of the scoring five, only Koprowski did not set a personal record.

Junior Grant Barton (16:23, ninth) and senior Ian Ring (16:44, 12th) finished sixth and seventh for the Breakers.

From left, girls' coach Steve Lalim, Greer Jacobs, Brenna Merchant, Kirsten Landseidel, Natalie Kimball, Janie Crawford, Pearl Shoemaker and Taylor Alvarez. Photo by Terri Kimball

From left, girls’ coach Steve Lalim, Greer Jacobs, Brenna Merchant, Kirsten Landseidel, Natalie Kimball, Janie Crawford, Pearl Shoemaker and Taylor Alvarez. Photo by Terri Kimball

 

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