JSerra Blog Catches up with Cross Country’s Kylee Fracassi

KyleeWith so much buzzing on campus, during the summer months JSerra Blog decided to feature some of the great athletes working hard.

This week JSerra Blog catches up with cross-country senior and San Clemente resident, Kylee Fracassi.

JSerra Blog (JB): How did you get interested in running cross-country?

Kylee Fracassi (KF): I actually tried cross-country because my brother ran, and ended up staying because I loved it.

JB: Greatest athletic memory thus far?

KF: My greatest memory, that I don’t think I could ever forget was winning the State Championships two years in a row.  It felt so great to have all our hard work pay off.

JB: What do you look forward to this upcoming cross-county season?

KF: I am really excited about getting to know more of the girls on the team and making great memories. And, of course I’d like to win State again.

JB: Any exciting summer plans?

KF: I’m looking forward to being a camp counselor at the Special Camp for Special Kids, and going to Mammoth with our cross-country team.

Summertime isn’t just about running for Fracassi, she also finds time to volunteer at the Shea Center, and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club and the Environmentality Club at JSerra. The All-League athlete hopes to run for Texas Christian University after leaving the hallowed halls of JSerra.

“Kylee  is fiercely competitive and driven,” said Coach Marty Dugard of Fracassi’s skills on the track.

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JSerra Girls Seize Third State Cross Country Title

Photo Courtesy of Kim Lindholm

The JSerra girls cross country team has done what no school in Orange County, in any sport, has every accomplished; Three-peat. They won their third straight State Championship Saturday, with the added highlight of sophomore Brooke Kunzelman being named to the All-State team. In addition, the Running Lions won their third straight CIF Championship one week earlier, to go along with their third consecutive Trinity League Championship. Congratulations to all of the Running Lions, on both the boys and girls teams, for an incredible season and a continuing commitment to excellence.

OC Varsity covers the State Championship winners below. 
The season-long journey of JSerra wasn’t always perfect or without challenges. But once again, that journey came to an end with the Lions celebrating another CIF state title.

JSerra placed five scoring runners in the top 30 to win its third consecutive Division 4 state title at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.

The Lions are the first county program in the 26-year history of the state championships to win three consecutive state titles.

“The girls came together, worked as a unit, and played their roles,” Lions coach Marty Dugard said. “It’s humbling because of the sacrifice that the girls go through. These girls have bought into this tradition of excellence that we have tried to build.”

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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.

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England Here We Come

Top varsity members of the JSerra cross-country team, competing as the San Juan Capistrano Track Club, have been invited to race in the British national cross country championships this January in Liverpool, England. The eighteen-athlete contingent will fly from Los Angeles to London on January 24, then spend four days in England racing and sightseeing.

“We’re very excited about this trip,” says Coach Marty Dugard, whose Running Lions have captured two CIF and two State titles in his eight years as head coach. “The race will be spectacular, some old-school cross country in the dead of winter, complete with snow and freezing mud. We’re also including an educational component by spending a day in London touring the British Museum, National Gallery, and Westminster Abbey — among others.” 

The Running Lions are currently entering CIF postseason competition, which concludes with the State meet on November 24 in Fresno. The girls are ranked number two in their State division, while the boys are ranked number 11 in theirs.

For more information about the JSerra Running Lions, go to http://www.jserrarunninglions.com or visit their website at http://www.jserra.org/athletics.”

Running Lions Advance to CIF Finals

Congratulations to the Running Lions as they are now advancing on to the CIF Finals.

The following athletes will compete Saturday, May 19,  for individual championships: Chas Harmon, Colby Lindholm, Jonovaughn Williams, John Siegel, Nick Cimmarusti, DJ Bailey, Alli Jensen, and Caitlin Nilssen.

Go Running Lions!

Kat Delaney Featured in the Premire Issue of HS Illustrated

*Current issue of High School Illustrated

CAL Bound 3-Sport Athlete and the 2010 Athlete of the Year Gears Up for College

Growing up and entering into high school, Katherine always enjoyed all sports – at age eight she was in gymnastics, soccer and swimming and was introduced to running by her swim coach.

Entering JSerra High School as a sophomore, Katherine found a great relationship with the school and its sports program. Katherine was determined to compete in multiple sports and JSerra gave her the opportunity.

HIS discussed Katherine’s High School journey and here’s what she had to say.

When did you start running competitively?

When we moved to Orange County, I was 11 and my swim coach at Irvine Novaquatics, Andi Kwamoto-Klatt suggested that I try a track meet because I was running really well in practice. I ran my first USATF meet at age 12 – at the time I was just swimming a few times a week and running maybe five miles per week for swim practice.

What are some of your favorite memories about high school sports?

I just had a lot of fun with my friends in practice and especially hanging out together and competing in meets. I have some great friendships – in fact, I swim with Casey Mimms who has been swimming with me since I was 11. Casey will be attending Cal with me in the fall.

What are your long-term goals?

I am excited to be attending University of California Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for running. I am very new to the s[port of distance running, so I hope to get faster as I continue to train at CAL. I would like to qualify for Olympic Trails Section meet 2016 in the 1500m and compete for a spot on the US Olympic Team.

During the season, what’s your daily workout regiment?

For the week, I typically run four days a week. I swim 2-3 days depending on the intensity of my running week. I do core and stability training twice a week at Supreme Fitness in Irvine.

A typical day mid-season would be, 6:00 wake up- 8:00 school – 2:30 pm home – 3:30 – 4:30 run – 5:00- 6:00 core training – 7:00 – 10:00 homework 10:30 bed.

When I don’t run I train swimming from 3:30-6:00 and I don’t do core training on those days.

Eating right is important for any athlete – what’s your daily meal plan look like?

Breakfast: Cream of wheat, yogurt and fruit

Mid Morning Snack: ½ Protein Shake

Lunch: Turkey sandwich, fruit and ½ Protein Shake

Post Workout Snack: Powerbar or trail mix and Gatorade

Dinner: Sushi, steamed vegetables and fruit

Late Night: low fat cottage cheese and fruit

You are a three- sport athlete and excel at all – can you tell us how your life is and how you fit everything into your schedule?

It has been very crazy especially swimming and running track in the same CIF season. I can remember my freshman year after running the 1600m and the 800m at league finals, walking down to the pool and swimming league finals within 30 min of my 800m races. In my sophomore year the two sports held league finals at different schools on the same day, so we had to drive from Santa Ana to Santa Margarita and I missed some of the swim events. This year it is easier because I am focused on running and I use swimming to get additional aerobic work done on recovery days from running.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Winning the 2010 D4 State Cross Country Team Championship at Woodward Park.

What advice can you give incoming youth athletes?

I would advise them to try different sports and stick with the sports the love. Don’t be pressured to focus on one sport because there is plenty of time to do that in college. Take time off to relax and recover from training and your season.

What are you hobbies outside playing your sport?

I love hanging out with my sister – we love to ride mountain bikes and go to the beach. I also enjoy painting.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life? And Why?

Coach John Wooden, because he had a powerful, positive message how he lived his life and coached his players. My dad told me to read his book – I recommend it to all athletes.

If you could thank or acknowledge someone who would it be and why?

Because I am a multisport athlete, I would like to thank JSerra High School for giving me the flexibility for both sports and I would thank:

Coach Andi Kawamoto-Klatt: Coach Andi is the reason I tried running track. She is an amzing swim coach and Pilate’s instructor.

Coach Jerry Palazzo (Equalizer Track Club): Jerry has been my running coach since I was 12. He is an awesome coach who is very careful and he is very positive and motivating.

Coach Brian Pajer (Irvine Aquazots): Brian is an Olympic level swim coach who is responsible for developing some of the best swimmers in US history.  Have learned a lot about work ethic from Brian and attention to detail.

Norm MCCallso (Supreme Fitness): Norm is an expert fitness coach who has trained some of the world’s best athletes. I enjoy our training sessions so much because they work so well.