CIF Cross Country: Great Oak Boys & Girls Teams Sweep to Win Third Consecutive Division 1 State Championships


The Wolfpack Heads to the Nike Cross Country Nationals Meet in Portland Next Week

The Wolfpack set new standards for the future as they swept both the Boys and Girls Cross Country Division I CIF State titles for the third consecutive year. The Great Oak Girls won their first Southwestern League title in 2008 and have been dominant ever since. The Wolfpack has won 6 of the last 7 CIF Sectionals and have been crowned State Champions 6 of the last 7 years.

This year the Great Oak Girls were led by senior Nicole Rice (17:32.5) who finished in third place. Seniors Evelyn Mandel was eighth ( 17:43.1), Kiyena Beatty finished 11th (17:53.315.) Sydney Belus was 15th (17:58.620.) and junior Sandra Pflughoft came in 20th place (18:08.9).

The Wolfpack Girls scored 47 points to beat a frustrated Davis team by 20 points. Davis finished second to Great Oak in last year’s Championship meet by 2 points.

Junior Olivia O’Keeffe from Davis was the State Individual Champion with a time of 17:28.9.Sophomore Lauren Peurifoy from Martin Luther King was second.

The Vista Murrieta Broncos Girls Team, led by sophomore Peyton Candaele (18:32.6) and seniors Amelia Strahan (18:58.8) and Julie Diaz ( 18:59.4 )finished Seventh in the CIF State Championship .15181312_578238725698552_671953403205653914_n

The Great Oak Boy’s team cruised past second place Dana Point by a score of 66 to 102. Senior Solomon Fountain paced the Boys with a third place finish (15:20.7) Juniors Jacob Korgan (15:30.0) and Carlos Carvajal (15:36.5) finished 10th and 15th senior Justin Eipp (15:48.20) 26th and junior Gavin Korby was 32nd (15:56.2) for Great Oak.

Senior Luis Grijalva from Armijo High School in Fairfield was the California State Individual Champion with a time of 14:50.1 Michael Vernau, a senior from Davis was second (14:56.4).

The Wolfpack travels to Portland, Oregon to the Nike Cross Country Nationals Meet in Portland next week. The Boys team is the defending National Champion. The Girls team placed third last year.

Boys Team Race Results  

1. Great Oak 66

2. Dana Hills 102

3. E. Roosevelt 124

4. Bellarmine Prep 142

5. Madera South 218

6. California (Whittier) 239

7. Valencia (Placentia) 250

8. Jesuit 298

9. Newbury Park 313

10. Otay Ranch 313

Girls Team Race Results 

1. Great Oak 47

2. Davis 67

3. Buchanan 139

4. Arcadia 181

5. Dana Hills 193

6. ML King 242

7. Vista Murrieta 243

8. Yucaipa 255

9. Woodcreek 305

10. El Toro 307

11. Oak Ridge 308


File Photos by Charles McKee