Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes
2010 XC Invite - Summary
By: CHRIS RUFF
Large School Senior Girls
San Diego, CA - The earth quaked all morning long at Morley Field in San Diego as record after record toppled like dominos. Legends were replaced at the very top of this 30 year old meet performance lists, one after another, after another.
The morning races featured “Milesplit XC Super 50” members, Elias Gedyon, Loyola(#6), Lane Werely, MLK(#22), and Molly Grabil, Rancho Bernardo(#5). None of these runners disappointed and some had company at the very top of the board.
The morning session started out in perfect conditions at Morely Field(Site of the Footlocker National Meet, but an alternate course) in San Diego. There was a light fog and cool temperatures for the “Large School” girls 2.7mile race. Molly Grabill, (photo right by Gabriel Santana) the defending CA State Champion in both DI X-Country and 3200 meters on the track, out of Rancho Bernardo High, SD, took it out hard as she always does. Grabill was joined at the front all race long by Torrey Pines sensation Alli Billmeyer, who herself owns a better personal record in the all three distance races in track(800: 2:09.94, 1600: 4:45.06, and 3200: 10:18.7(hand/dual)). Grabill managed to hold off Billmeyer as they both crushed the former course record of 14:55 set last year by Megan Morgan(Torrey Pines) with Grabill clocking 14:36 and Billmeyer close behind at 14:43. With Grabill continuing her local dominance at the state level and Billmeyer pressing her to unknown territory, Grabill made a strong case to move up from her #5 “Milesplit Super 50” national rankings, and Billmeyer an equally strong case to join the list.
Team Senior Scoring: Rancho Bernardo, SD: 72, Escondido, SD: 81, and Torrey Pines, SD: 92
Large School Senior Boys
The boys were not to be outdone after watching the history being made by Grabill and Billmeyer. National talent Elias Gedyon, (photo left by Gabriel Santana) #6 on the “Milesplit Super 50” rankings for boys was in the unusual position of trailing for a large portion of the race at the heals of Lane Werley(#22), of MLK, with Gedyon prevailing in the slimmest of X-Country margins, with a furious homestretch sprint in route to a 14:40 clocking, to Werley’s 14:41 on the 2.95 Morley Field course. Matt Carpowich, Torrey Pines was third in 14:59! Carpowich would have won all but five of this meet’s senior races in history, but was rewarded with a 3rd place in this year’s meet. Both Gedyon and Werley were #5 and #7 respectively on the all-time meet list.
Team Scoring: Saugus, CA: 64, Loyola, CA: 111, Dana Hills, CA: 131
Large School Junior Girls
The third race of the day, and second girls race, didn’t not produce a meet record, as Molly Grabill’s 14:48 from 2009 held here. However, three of the top four top times ever in the girls junior division were still established on this remarkable morning. Danica Wyson, Aliso Niguel recorded a 15:14 to claim the top stop on the podium and the #2 all-time performance for Junior girls. Close behind Wyson were Erika Reddish, Vista Murrieta(15:21, #3 All-Time) and Ashlyn Dadkah, Torrey Pines(15:26, Tied for #4 All-Time). Dadkah, yet another, in a long line of National caliber talent that flows through Brent Thorne’s San Diego juggernaut that is Torrey Pines High.
Team Scoring: Torrey Pines, SD: 85, Corona: 95, Aliso Niguel: 107
Large School Junior Boys
The reprieve enjoyed by the Junior class girls record was a brief consolation to previous meet record holders as the boys Large School Junior race put the meet right back on record shattering pace as Darren Fahy, LaCosta Canyon(#12 on the “Milesplit Super 50” list) commenced the destruction with his 14:45 bettering of the previous meet record of 14:49 by Michael Stember, Jesuit(’04). Fahy ran from the front from the starting gun, passing the mile mark at 4:41 and holding on without ever being challenged for the lead, despite Anthony Monroy, Burroughs Burbank, closing in the last ¼ mile to his 14:53. Rumor has it that Fahy(a sub 9:00 3200 Meter runner in ’10 track as a Soph) was not at all happy with his loss last week to Ryan Urie of Patrick Henry at the Bronco Meet. Obviously, young Fahy took his frustrations out on the Sundevil course this morning. 3rd in this race was Eric Hayen, Poway SD, with his 15:27 ranking as 16th All-Time.
Team Scoring: Loyola: 75, Burroughs Burbank: 101, La Costa Canyon: 117
Large School Sophomore Girls
Molly Grabill’s Sophomore Girls Course Record survived a scare by Kelly Lawson, LaCosta Canyon, but not without Lawson’s name squeezing itself onto the throne to share in the all-time monarchy with Grabill. Lawson, a sub 5-minute 1600 runner in track ran completely away from the field with a forty-four second victory margin to her 15:00, which as stated, tied the course record set by Grabill last year. 2nd place was Brianna Miller, Carlsbad High, in 15:44(9th All-Time) and 3rd going to Ellie Abrahamson, LaCosta Canyon at 15:59(#13 All-Tiime). This would be the first clear evidence that LaCosta Canyon may be making a claim as the top team in San Diego charts, including a State Meet Championship last harrier season, followed by All-Time list making Distance Medleys in track.
Team Scoring: Otay Ranch, SD: 62, Vista Murrieta: 107, Mt. Carmel, SD: 123
Large School Sophomore Boys
No major challenge to the Sophomore Course record of 15:14 by Luis Gutierrez, Rancho Cucamonga ’09. Vista Murrieta’s, Porter Reddish, won this race in 15:55, with AJ Yarnall, Saugus placing 2nd and Eric Sindal, taking 3rd for the host team of Mt. Carmel.
Team Scoring: Vista Murrieta: 72, Dana Hills: 90, Arroyo Grande: 147
Large School Freshman Girls
The girls performances continued to amaze here as LaCosta Canyon’s freshman powerhouse, Emma Abrahamson, made here “big meet” debut in dominating style as she breezed the course in 15:12, reducing the previous record(Sara Wilkins, Rancho Bernardo 15:35 ’95) by a full twenty-three seconds, becoming the 3rd LaCosta Canyon girl to clock a sub-16 performance on the day. 2nd in this race is age group veteran Alicia Cope of Vista at 15:43(#5 All-Tiime) and behind her for 3rd, Alicia Willaims of Corona, clocking 15:50(#9 All-Time).
Team Scores: Poway:77, Dana Hills: 93, MLK: 114
Large Schools Freshman Boys
As the heat index increased, so did the times with LaCosta Canyon’s Steven Fahy, joining his brother on the “winners list” clocking 16:49 to win the freshman race, completing the fourth victory of the day for LaCosta Canyon individuals. Finishing in 2nd was Vista Murrieta’s Clinton Tak(17:11) and rounding out the top three was Derek Morton, Mt. Carmel(17:14).
Team Scores: Vista Murrieta: 72, Dana Hills: 102, San Clemente: 118
Small Schools Freshman Girls
1st Anna Charles, Canyon Crest Academy(16:15), 2nd Shelby Garritson, Orange Glen(16:36), 3rd Alyssa Frank, La Reina(17:23)
Team Scores: Valhalla, SD: 62, La Reina: 68, Laguna Beach: 102
Small Schools Freshman Boys
1st Shane Murphy, Hilltop(17:12), 2nd Austin Johnson, Hilltop(17:26), 3rd Aaron Acord, Cathedral Catholic(17:44)
Team Scores: Serra: 90, San Marcos: 103, Del Norte: 117
Small School Sophomore Girls
1st Kaylee Hudson, Valley Center(16:38), 2ND Ella Verhees, Pt. Loma(16:45), 3rd Kaelyn Harbison, Westview(16:45)
Team Scores: Cathedral Catholic: 77, Westview: 110, Del Norte: 124
Small Schools Sophomore Boys
1st Daniel Gomez, El Capitan(16:09), 2nd Steven Lepe, Monte Vista, SD(16:26), 3rd Daniel De La Torre, La Salle(16:26).
Team Scores: Pt Loma :147, Valhalla: 179, La Jolla: 183
Small Schools Junior Girls
1st Raven Harrison, Hemet(16:07), 2nd Chloe Newell, Sahuaro(16:23), 3rd Caitlin Krol, Cathedral Catholic(16:25)
Team Scores: Cathedral Catholic: 40, Steele Canyon: 103, Canyon Crest Academy: 107
Small Schools Junior Boys
1st Dylan Blankenbaker, Ramona(15:52), Brad Littooy, Scripps Ranch(15:59), Will Wilde Botta, The Bishop’s School(16:05)
Team Scores: Cathedral Catholic: 58, Ramona: 63, La Mirada: 124
Small Schools Senior Girls
1st Meghan Breadmore, Pt. Loma(15:31), 2nd Haley Stenquist, Sabino(15:56), 3rd Kerri Lenihan, Mountain View(16:34).
Team Scores: Sabino: 106, Westview: 107, Monte Vista: 109
Small Schools Senior Boys
1st Matt Neev, Laguna Beach(15:37), Alex Eve, La Jolla(15:46), Andrew Farkas, La Jolla(15:48).
Team Scores: Steele Canyon: 36, Pt. Loma: 73, Westview: 78