Division IV Boys Preview
- Runner to beat: Ryan Smithers, Laguna Beach (Raul Roa photo above)
- Team to beat: Laguna Beach
Last year, JSerra sophomore Anthony Grover ran away with the state individual title in this division finishing ahead of seniors Collin Ullrich (Liberty Ranch) and Robert Miranda (Menlo). This year, Grover, battling illness, wasn't able to hold a solid lead at the Southern Section Final. If healthy, Grover would be the choice to repeat. If not, it's hard not to look for Laguna Beach senior Ryan Smithers (photo above courtesy of LA times and Don Leach) to do exactly what he did last week when he took advantage of a fading Grover to win the title. Grover's teammate Peter Herold should also be included as one of the leading contenders with his second place finish at the SS meet. Foothill Tech's Henry Pick is within striking distance and has an excellent coach who prepares his runners well for the state meet. Sac-Joaquin Section champion Jesus Guerra-Reyes from Placer should be a top 10 contender as well.
State Boys 5K Leaders in Division IV (Full report)