The Laguna Beach High School boys cross country team finished seventh at the CIF preliminary match, putting them in position to contend for a CIF title over Thanksgiving weekend.
Running without their top three runners due to injury and illness, the team’s 18-year streak of CIF final appearances seemed to be in jeopardy on Friday, Nov. 11, at the new venue in Riverside. The young team stepped up despite temperatures nearing 100 degrees.
Division 4 Southern Section CIF final Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Riverside Cross Country Course. This is the first year CIF is using this course after 35 years at Mt. San Antonio College. This is the 18th consecutive year Laguna has competed in the D4 finals with a title in 2009 and four second place finishes (’04, ’06, ’08 and ‘13). The Breakers runner in the prelims was Zach Falkowski with a 16:57.8 course time for the three miles.
The girls finished fifth in heat two led by Ana Kelly with a 19:41.5 time and are in the finals for the 14th straight year and the program’s 27th overall time. Breakers have never won a title but have finished second in 1980, ’92, and ’04. Last year Laguna finished eighth.