It's time to get fired up for cross country! Our traditional XC countdown is back, although it may look a little different this time around - our longtime data analyst Jeff George has moved on, leaving this energizing project to the MileSplit team in CA. Our collective goal is to briefly highlight 30 boys and 30 girls teams that we think will have an impact this fall. We will spotlight one team per gender per day over a 30-day period. Similar to past countdowns, we will provide a cross-sampling of teams from all 10 sections without regard to statewide or even division ranking (those will come later, as will articles previewing each section, and returning athletes to watch). As always, if you catch an error or have updated information for us, email CA state editor Jeffrey Parenti (email@example.com) and we'll make the corrections.
From last year's State Meet Championship run, they return all five scorers from that group while keep in mind that they did not compete at their best with a projected major scorer not in the mix. On top of the group they return, they also add two of the top incoming age-groupers into the mix.
After leading Mission Viejo to the podium with a third-place podium finish at the 2018 State Meet, head coach Chase Frazier has hit a gold mine since moving down the freeway to J Serra.
Sophomore Brynn Garcia is their top returner with an 18:04.0 best on the Woodward Park, 5K State Meet course with senior Anastasia Snodgrass (18:43.3). Junior Brook O'Brien (18:58.2), and senior Cameron Murphy (19:15.4) also shined during the 2021 postseason on the championship course. But, keep in mind that J Serra captured the divisional state title without Georgia Jeanneret scoring. The incoming junior cruised to an 18:58.0 on the Mt. SAC course in October.
Two incoming freshmen, will make an immediate impact as Summer Wilson was the AAU 13-14 national age group champion over 4000 meters last December at 14:16.3, just ahead of Kaylah Tasser at 14:19.0. Both will don the Lions uniform this upcoming Fall. Wilson brings a 10:13.69 best for 3000 meters from last month with Tasser bringing her 10:14.53 resume to the group as well.
Now a sophomore, Garcia ran a 10:38.18 for 3200 meters last month to compliment her 5:02.47 lifetime best for the mile. Snodgrass is coming into the summer off a 2:10.75/4:58.39 (mile) breakout campaign this past Spring while Jeanneret posted 2:12.66 and 4:58.01 performances this past Spring. O'Brien also improved on the oval with 2:14.74 and 5:00.13 efforts in 2022.
|JSerra Catholic (SS)|
|1) Brynn Garcia||18:04.00||28|
|2) Anastasia Snodgrass||18:43.30||76|
|3) Brooke O'Brien||18:58.20||112|
|4) Cameron Murphy||19:15.40||160|
|5) Ellie Johnson||19:30.90||196|
|Average Time: 18:54.36 Total Time: 1:34:31.80 1-5 Split: 1:26.90|
|6) Georgia Jeanneret||19:47.10||241|
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