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La Costa Canyon confirms Avocado West cross country dominance

In a prelude to this week’s CIF Championships, the La Costa Canyon girls and boys cross country teams demonstrated that they are primed and ready for the section races by breezing past a solid group of competitors while defending their Avocado West League titles last Saturday (Nov. 10) in the North County Conference Championships at Oceanside’s Guajome Park. In addition to the Avocado West, league crowns were determined in the Avocado East, Valley and Palomar Leagues.

Based strictly on enrollment, Coach Bill Vice’s squad will compete in the CIF Division II race at Morley Field this Saturday (Nov. 17), but the other five Avo West schools will all be part of Division I. Although the Mavericks may have their sights set on the CIF and State meets, the league meet was not something they were going to overlook.

“I told the team that whenever you get an opportunity to run for a league championship, you have to be honored by that and we definitely wanted to continue our tradition of success here,” said Vice, whose squad captured both divisions for the fifth consecutive year.

Vice’s girls, paced by superb senior Kristin Fahy, who made it a four-year sweep as individual champion, placed three runners in the top four and had all five scorers and six total in the front 10. The Mavs’ 25 points gave them a comfortable edge over runner-up Canyon Crest (54) and third place Torrey Pines (60). Fahy, who stalked CCA junior Carlie Dorostkar for the first half of the race, kicked it in late to clock 17:42.8 over the hilly 5K dirt course. Dorostkar was second (17:53.1) with Fahy’s senior teammate Jessica Riedman (18:25.6) third and LCC freshman Kyra Compton (18:45.2) fourth.

The boys’ competition had a similar narrative. La Costa Canyon again had three of the top four with senior Jacob Stanford employing a late surge to pull away, hitting the finish in 15:27.7. Maverick junior Caleb Niednagel (15:42.6) grabbed runner-up honors from Mission Hills’ Jonathan Velasco (15:44.9) with Stanford’s twin brother, Garrett (16:00.4), collecting fourth. Torrey Pines junior Nick Salz was 30 seconds back in fifth. LCC wound up with 32 points. San Marcos was a solid second with 65 followed by Canyon Crest (77) and Torrey Pines (90).

Below is a photo gallery from Saturday’s racing. For complete results, go to finishedresults.com.

Sean Conklin
Senior Sean Conklin from Carlsbad was his team's second finisher. Ken Grosse
Jessica Riedman
LCC junior Jessica Riedman was third in the girls' race. Ken Grosse
Andrew Corman
CCA Head Coach Andrew Corman Ken Grosse
CCA junior
CCA junior Carlie Dorostkar set the pace early in the girls 5K race but it was LCC senior Kristin Fahy (9073) who crossed the line first. Ken Grosse
Andrew Schulz
Andrew Schulz's eighth place finish was tops for the CCA boys. Ken Grosse
LCC junior
Coming off injury downtown, LCC junior James Miramontes cracked the top 10. Ken Grosse
Jacob Stanford
Senior Jacob Stanford posted a 15-second victory. Ken Grosse
SDA girls
The San Dieguito girls were fourth and the boys were third in the Avocado East race. Ken Grosse
San Marcos
San Marcos second place finish in the boys' team standings marks the Knights as a potential CIF D-1 challenger. Ken Grosse
Annika Salz
Sixth place freshman Annika Salz was the top finisher for the Torrey Pines girls. "Our girls ran well today and have shown steady improvement," said Head Coach Kaitlin Hildebrand. "Hopefully, we're ready to run our best race next week." Ken Grosse
Nick Salz
Junior Nick Salz was a bright spot for the fourth place Torrey Pines boys. Hildebrand said her boys' side, which finished second at the 2017 CIF Championships, "had a lot of work to do in the next week." Ken Grosse
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