Newbury Park wins boys’ cross country title with record
With temperatures in the low 60s at Woodward Park in Fresno, racing conditions couldn’t have been better for Newbury Park High during the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Fans came from all over the state to see a historic team run.
Coach Sean Brosnan kept his riders a secret in last week’s southern section final when his top six male riders took the top six places in the Division 1 race, but this time he did let everyone know that they were allowed to run as fast as they could.
During the first two miles, four Newbury Park runners were only a second apart. The nearest non-Newbury Park runner was eight seconds behind. On the finish line, Newbury Park swept the top four places to win the team title with a record 16 points. The old record was 23 points by Thousand Oaks in 1993. The team’s time of 73:23 was also a course record.
Colin Sahlman, reigning Gatorade national runner of the year, won in 14 minutes 26.5 seconds. Next is Leo Young at 2:28 p.m., followed by Lex Young at 2:30 p.m..3 and Aaron Sahlman at 2:46 p.m. These two groups of brothers dominate the best in California. Newbury Park’s No.5 runner Daniel Appleford was seventh.
The last time the state meet was in 2019, Colin Sahlman was fifth in the Division II race in 15: 09.8 when it was won by teammate Nico Young. Sahlman will travel to northern Arizona in the fall to join Young. His time on Saturday set a Division I record and was the boys’ second fastest time in progress.
Temecula Great Oak finished second in the Division I tag team competition with 119 points.
In the girls’ Division I, the individual race went to Anna McNatt of Sacramento McClatchy and Sam McDonnell of Newbury Park. McNatt crossed the finish line in 17:07.5. McDonnell was right behind at 5:08.7. Clovis Buchanan won the tag team title with 51 points. Newbury Park was second with 72 points.
In the boys’ Division II, Jai Dawson of Dana Hills took first place in 15: 19.1. San Luis Obispo won the team title. In the Girls Division II, Dalia Frias of Manhattan Beach Mira Costa won in 16:52. Teammate Ella Parsey finished fourth to help the Mustangs win the Division II tag team title.
West Torrance won the Division III boys’ championship. Conor Gibson was second with 15: 12.9.
In the boys’ Division IV, Big Bear’s Max Sannes won in 15: 00.5. JSerra won the Division IV women’s championship.
Here is the link to complete the results.