The Tartans produced mirror image results on Saturday at the CIF-SS Finals as both groups advanced to the California State Championships.
The girls team put their incredible depth on display as St. Margaret's placed four runners in the top fifteen of the race. Liesel Blau (2nd), Shea Hueston (12th), Madye Arundale (13th), and Jacqueline Leung (15th) earned All-CIF honors in the process. The result was a commanding 62 point victory to secure their second consecutive CIF Southern Section Div. V Championship.
"Our seniors came up big today. Shea Hueston and Jacqueline Leung had the best race of their careers, but it was Charlotte Jones that set the table for this accomplishment," said head coach Patrick Bendzick. "She has been an outstanding leader this season, and her poise in big races is unmatched."
On the boys side, Jackson Adelman took the lead from the start and never looked back. He put a 30-meter gap on the field in the first mile and used some well-timed surges to fight back a massive chase pack. Despite several efforts, the group couldn't close on the talented junior, and he collected his second consecutive CIF title with a five-second margin of victory.
The boys team found themselves locked in a close battle with longtime rival Flintridge Prep at the 2-mile mark. The Tartans would come up just short of a repeat title and finished the day as the runner-up.
"Credit to Flintridge Prep for a great race. They did a phenomenal job, but I was impressed with our freshmen. Kevin Shen has been brilliant all season, and Kevin Chou has had such rapid development over the past two months," said Bendzick. "Most freshmen cannot survive the speed and strength of a CIF Finals pack, but these two raced well beyond their years."
The Tartans will make their fourth consecutive trip to the California State Championships in Fresno next weekend. The historic course at Woodward Park is a stark contrast to flat and fast circuit loops experienced at the CIF Finals. "I think it suits us better, considering the great trails and hills we get to train on in San Juan Capistrano," remarked Bendzick.