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What's next? Fresno

Laguna Beach boys' and girls' cross country teams to compete in CIF State Championships Saturday at Woodward Park.

November 29, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The goal all season long for the Laguna Beach High boys' and girls' cross-country teams has been to get to Fresno.

That's exactly where both teams will be Saturday.

Both Laguna teams earned a ticket to compete at the CIF State Cross-Country Championships at Woodward Park each by running to a top-five finish at the CIF Southern Section Cross-Country Championships finals Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

The Laguna boys' team finished in second place in the Division 4 competition, and the Laguna girls' team took fourth in Division 4.

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The boys' team, which is returning to Fresno for the first time in two years, turned in a team time of 1 hour, 21 minutes, 29 seconds, which Coach Scott Wittkop said was the second-fastest team time in school history.

"This was a team performance and I could not be happier for their success, and we look forward to competing at the State finals," Wittkop said.

Cameron Zuziak achieved All-CIF status with a run of 15:42 which landed the junior in ninth place. Wittkop said Zuziak's time was the second-fastest all-time time for a Laguna runner on the Mt. SAC course. Other finishes for the Breakers were: senior Casey Koprowski, 16:04, 16th place; sophomore Mason Pitz, 16:29, 37th; senior Veda Rebollar, 16:30, 38th; junior Grant Barton, 16:44, 50th; senior Ian Ring, 17:15, 79th, and sophomore Drake Butler, 17:24, 87th.

The Breakers will run at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The Division 4 State finals field also includes Southern Section champion Xavier Prep, Harvard-Westlake, JSerra, Salesian, Morro Bay and Santa Ynez.

The Laguna girls' took fourth among 16 teams Saturday at the CIF Southern Section finals and in the process, set the all-time top team time (1:38:06) in school history at Mt. SAC, Coach Steve Lalim said.

The Breakers last qualified for the State meet in 2011 and finished in sixth place.

"I am so excited for the girls," Lalim said. "Our goal this season was to qualify for the State meet, and we met that goal. We've put ourselves in a position compete for a state title. Anything is possible at the State meet."

Freshman Kirsten Landseidel led the Breakers at CIF Southern Section finals with a time of 19:05 and a 15th-place finish. Other Laguna times included: junior Brenna Merchant, 19:28, 26th, sophomore Pearl Shoemaker, 19:36, 32nd; junior Natalie Kimball, 19:51, 40th; senior Eliza Romero, 20:06, 47th; junior Janie Crawford, 20:12, 52nd, and freshman Greer Jacobs, 20:16, 53rd.

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