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.
JSerra Catholic High School’s girls’ cross country and boys’ water polo teams finished second Saturday in tight battles for CIF titles – and boys’ cross country finished ninth.
“All three teams were determined to win,” said JSerra principal Tom Waszak. “They may not have not reached their ultimate goal but all three teams gave a 100 percent effort. They should be proud of what they achieved. It was not long ago that our ability to compete in the league was questioned. On Saturday, I saw student athletes and coaches who were distraught about finishing second in the CIF championships. We’ve come a long way In a short time!”
The cross country team finished three points behind champion Harvard of Westlake at the CIF meet, which was held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.
“They ran their hearts out,” Waszak said. “They are determined to win at the state meet.”
The girls compete in Clovis this weekend for the state title.
The boys’ water polo team also finished an outstanding season Saturday, coming up just short against Trinity League rival Mater Dei. They fell 12-8 at William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine.