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Run It Back: JSerra Girls Cross Country Wins Second Consecutive CIF-SS Title

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By Zach Cavanagh

The dominant form of the JSerra women’s cross country team once again held its own.

The Lions placed their top five runners in the top 20 to claim their second straight CIF-SS Division 4 Championship in the CIF-SS Finals last Saturday, Nov. 19, at Mt. San Antonio College.

JSerra’s seventh women’s cross country championship and her first consecutive titles since the Lions won four in a row from 2010 to 2013 sends the program back to the CIF State Championships. JSerra will look to win back-to-back state titles next Saturday, Nov. 26, at Woodward Park in Fresno.

As the Lions finished Payton Godsey’s individual pace of Oaks Christian (16:54) in the 2.93-mile race, rookie Summer Wilson led JSerra with a fourth-place finish at 17:47. Brynn Garcia, a sophomore, also earned a top-10 position with a time of 17:53 for seventh place.

Rookie Kaylah Tasser was 11th at 6:14 p.m., junior Georgia Jeanneret was 19th at 6:41 p.m. and senior Anastasia Snodgrass was 20th at 6:45 p.m. to complete JSerra’s score of five.

JSerra won the title with 56 points to 101 points for runner-up Oaks Christian. The Lions scored their five runners before Oaks Christian scored his third runner.

The JSerra boys finished 10th in their Division 4 Finals. Sophomore Bradley Arrey led the Lions boys to 29th at 16:14. Freshman Alden Morales was 35th at 4:19 p.m. and freshman Luke Friedl was 42nd at 4:32 p.m.

St. Margaret’s Boys take silver in Division 5

In Division 5, the St. Margaret’s Men’s Cross Country Team was able to earn material with a second-place finish in the team and individual standings.

Everett Capelle, a junior, paced the Tartans with a 15:36 run to finish 22 seconds from first place and claim a silver medal. Keven Shen, a senior, also had a stellar run for St. Margaret’s with a 12th-place finish at 16:24.

Despite placing their top two runners in the top 15, Viewpoint’s group of runners took 25th, 26th, 29th and 31st before the Tartans could place their third runner. St. Margaret’s also scored their fourth runner before Viewpoint scored their fifth, but the Tartans couldn’t overcome the margin. Viewpoint beat St. Margaret’s for the title, 123-135.

Sophomore Evan Causee was 35th at 5:19 p.m., Jared Botuchis was 41st at 5:26 p.m. and rookie Zaden Guruamy completed the scoring 73rd at 6:09 p.m.

The St. Margaret’s girls finished fourth in their Division 5 final to qualify for the state championships. Rookie Joyce Li led the Tartans to fifth at 7:29 p.m., and second Sarah Bendzick was 20th at 8:13 p.m.

Zach Cavanagh

Zach Cavanagh is the sportswriter for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has been covering sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. Email to

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