Cross Country: Great Oak Boys & Girls, Vista Murrieta Girls Teams Head to CIF State Finals 

The Wolfpack Looking to Repeat as State Girls & Boys Team Champions

The CIF State Cross Country Championship Meet is this Saturday and three Southwestern League teams are headed to Fresno to compete. Great Oak’s Girls and Boys teams swept the  CIF Southern Section Championships last week. The Wolfpack won both the Girls and Boys State Championships last year.  12239546_10206600545105632_100521613384620991_n

The Great Oak Girls won their first Southwestern League title in 2008 and have dominated the field ever since. The Wolfpack has won 5 of the last 6 CIF Sectionals and have been crowned State Champions 4 of the last 5 years.

The Wolfpack girls had a 124-point margin of victory over second place Vista Murrieta in last week’s CIF SS Finals. Junior Evelyn Mandel led Great Oak with a fourth place finish, sophomore Sandra Pflughoft eighth, juniors Kiyena Beatty ninth, Nicole Rice twelfth and senior Emily Clause was thirteenth. Destiny Collins, one of Great Oak’s top runners was hampered with shin splints finished 37th.

12289661_10153707225652487_6068649301212142872_nThe Bronco Girls are paced by senior Michaela Reynolds, junior Julie Diaz, sophomore Nadine Dubon and three freshmen, Paige Haynes, Peyton Candaele and  Ariel Van Ripper.

Vista Murrieta finished  7th in the State Championships in 2014, 10th in  2013 and 2012. The Broncos highest finish was in 2011  when they placed 2nd .

12249812_10206600539585494_8300537256461134444_nThe Wolfpack Boys beat Dana Hills by 23 points to win their CIF Southern Section  Championship Title. Senior Spencer Dodds finished second in the race, Cole Spencer fourth, Issac Cortez eighth and Solomon Fountain thirteenth. Tony Robinson and Brandon Shields rounded out the Wolfpack team.

The meet begins at 8:30 am Saturday morning. The weather is expected to be in the 50’s.

Photos Provided by Donal Pearce &  Michelle Hall Pflughoft