The Laguna Beach High boys' cross-country team was at half strength for its season opener Saturday, but that didn't prevent the Breakers from grabbing the spotlight at the Laguna Hills Invitational.
In his first meet of the 2010 season, senior Matt Neev won the Division 3 boys' race in 15 minutes 48.27 seconds. Neev finished well ahead of runner-up Austin Barvin of Corona del Mar, who was second in 15:59.79.
Breakers boys' Coach Scott Wittkop said the invite was a "good day" for his team, adding that only half of his varsity runners ran Saturday.
"It was a race that we trained through and the kids responded the way we thought they would," he said.
For the Laguna Beach girls' cross-country team, Natasha Strickland topped the Breakers' leader board with a time of 20:47. She was followed by Marlee Grosher (21:25), Grace Clark (22:00), Audrey Rodriguez (22:17), Taylor Capobianco (22:20), Sophie Radach (22:49) and Anya Miller (23:11).