Both of Laguna Beach High School’s cross country teams finished second in their respective heats at CIF prelims last Saturday, Nov. 16, at Mt. SAC in Walnut to earn spots in the finals Saturday, Nov. 22, on the same course.
Girls coach Steve Lalim rested junior Brenna Merchant and sophomore Pearl Shoemaker in preparation for tomorrow’s race, while boys coach Scott Wittkop gave Orange Coast League champ Veda Rebollar the day off.
Junior Cameron Zuziak ran the second fastest time in his heat and seventh fastest overall out of 242 division IV competitors. His 15:53 paced the Breakers scoring five, which also included senior Casey Koprowski (16:13, 7th), sophomores Drake Butler (16:47, 25th) and Mason Pitz (16:59, 30th), and junior Grant Barton (17:15, 44th).
Junior Liam Corrigan (17:32, 56th) and senior Ian Ring (17:35, 60th) finished sixth and seventh. Rebollar will replace Corrigan in the finals.
With both coaches instructing their teams to conserve energy for tomorrow’s finals, the CIF fifth-ranked boys posted the fourth fastest time among the 16 qualifying teams. The number one-ranked girls, cruised to the 10th fastest qualifying time.
Freshman Kirsten Landseidel finished first for the Breakers with a time of 19:52 over the hilly Mt. SAC course, good enough for 14th overall out of 94 runners in heat one. Orange Coast League champ Natalie Kimball finished second for Laguna and 16th overall with a time of 20:03.
The remaining three scorers for Laguna were senior Brielle Budroe (20:10, 19th), sophomore Taylor Alvarez (20:21, 22nd) and freshman Greer Jacobs (20:24, 24th). Senior Eliza Romero (20:38, 28th) and junior Janie Crawford (20:52, 36th) finished sixth and seventh. Merchant and Shoemaker will replace Budroe and Alvarez for CIF finals.