Running Lions Celebrate Third Straight CIF Victory

JSerra Running Lions competed in the CIF Championship Finals this past weekend, and with fierce competition from all over Southern California, the girls took first place.

The boys cross country team were not far behind taking eleventh place in all of Southern California.

“We’ve worked hard to build a championship tradition. It’s our goal to keep racing at this level for years to come. These young men and women are showing what happens when you combine hard work, teamwork and a daily desire to push personal limits,” said Coach Marty Dugard.

The girls have now qualified to move on to compete in the State Championships later this month. With their third consecutive win at both the Trinity League and CIF level the girls are considered top competition to win their third State Championship for the Lions.

“We graduate a couple of our top runners this year, and as dearly as I will miss them, the very real fact is that we need more runners to fill their spots next year. God has always provided for our program, and I can’t wait to see who He sends our way,” said Dugard.

To view the complete photo album click Running Lions.

Vote for OC Varsity Athlete of the Year Nominee Katie McLaughlin

JSerra freshman swimmer and CIF Champion, Katie McLaughlin has been nominated for the OC Varsity Athlete of the Year, Fan Favorite award.

Voting starts today, so vote early and vote often.

Click CIF Champs to vote.

Boys Swim Qualifies for CIF

Congratulations to the boys swim team for qualifying for the CIF Championships, all the hard work has paid off and Sam Miller (back stroke), Troy Kaltenback (breast stroke), Will Giovinazzo (butterfly), and Dan Lopes (freestyle), will be moving on the compete in the CIF Championships.

For more on JSerra Aquatics click here. 

Running Lions Leave Other Teams in Their Dust

JSerra’s Track & Field team racked up quite a list of accomplishments this season. But two accomplishments are so fantastic that the standout from the rest: the Running Lions took a record 15 athletes into postseason CIF competition and four of our athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the NCAA level.

Senior Harrison Steed won his third CIF Championship and is still working towards next week’s state meet in Fresno. He was third there last year, but first the year before. If he can jump another 7′ 2.5″, as he did in January, the odds are great that he can bring JSerra a second state championship. Next year he will be attending UC Berkley (Cal) on a full scholarship.

Senior Sydney Teske (All-CIF, All-Orange County, All-Trinity League) was third in the girls 800 at CIF Championships. She holds four JSerra school records, and is going to be running for the University of San Francisco next year.

Other college signings include Katie DeYoung who will attend University of Southern California, Chris Garcia who will attend Saint Mary’s College, and Taylor Mujica who will attend Concordia University.

Our boys 4×400 team of Chas Harmon, Alex Berman, Ace Raphael and Jake Decker were fifth at CIF Championships, earning them all CIF honors.

And, finally, a great sign for the future of the JSerra’s Running Lions were the number of underclassmen who dominated against our Trinity League rivals. Luke Decker (800, 1600), Colby Lindholm (3200), Caitlin and Ashley Nilssen (400, 800, 1600, 4×100) and Amanda Graceffa (100, 200, 4×100) are some of our superstar runners who will all be coming back next year to continue our growing the tradition of excellence. Or, as we like to say, Keep Pushing… Always.

To view more photos of this past season, click here. For information about joining the Cross Country or Track & Field teams, contact Coach Marty Dugard via email.