Girls end title drought

Girls’ team wins first outright league title in program history; boys dominate again and win another league crown.

May 14, 2010|By Mike Sciacca

It’s been a long time coming for the Laguna Beach High girls’ track and field program.

For the Breaker boys, such things are becoming second nature.

May 7 on their home track, site of the Orange Coast League championships, the Laguna girls captured their first outright league championship. The last time the program won a title was in 1981, the year they shared the South Coast League crown with Capistrano Valley.

The 29-year drought is over.

“The girls were very impressive,” girls’ Coach Steve Lalim said. “They worked hard all season and it paid off.”

On the same day, the Laguna boys continued their recent league domination by capturing their fourth-straight championship.

“The boys came through when they needed to,” boys’ Coach Scott Wittkop said. “It was a hard-fought victory.”


Girls’ track and field

At the Orange Coast League championships, five Breakers won individual league titles and the 4 X 100 meter relay team of Alex Degarmo, Christina , Sabina Seyster and Jessie Good Man also took first place.

Winning individual titles were won by Natasha Strickland, who won twice (1,600 meters, 5 minutes 21 seconds, 3,200, 11:45), Lauren Montgomery (100-meter hurdles, 17.71), Samantha Gardner (shot put, 31 feet 1) and Christianne Kinder (high jump, 5 feet).

Strickland has had an outstanding year. Earlier in the season at the O.C. Championships, she set a school record (11:13) in the 3,200 meters. It was the fastest run for the Laguna program in the last 25 years, Lalim said.

Laguna will compete Saturday at the CIF Southern Section Track and Field preliminaries. The Breakers will be in the Division IV competition in Carpinteria. Several Breakers will be looking to advance to the Division IV finals.

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