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Woodbridge Invitational Recap

Woodbridge Invitational - September 15 & 16

Woodbridge High School hosted the 42nd annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic this weekend at the Great Park in Irvine, California. With 52 races set over two days, Woodbridge is one of the largest cross country invitationals in the country. Here are some highlights from the two days.


This is the second year in a row that the meet was hosted at the massive Great Park in Irvine. The course was altered from last year and Friday's course was long at 3.078. It was later shortened to 3.022 for Saturday's meet.

Natalie Wang of Palos Verdes

The meet opened with Ariya Kaushek of Menlo winning the first girls varsity race at 18:15.9. Melisse Djomby Enyawe of Corona del Mar won the next race in 18:03.9 with her teammate Emilie Steinman finishing second. Natalie Wang of Palos Verdes ran the fastest girls time on Friday with her 18:57.3 victory. Sophie Guilfoile of Portola won the last girl's race on Friday with a time of 17:57.8 and second place finisher Kianna Larsson of Rio Americano broke 18 with a 17:59.2 finish.

Friday Girls Varsity Photo Gallery, Click HERE

Landon Pretre of Menlo

Alex Naehu of Palos Verdes won Friday's first boys race in a time of 15:20.8. McCoy Brooks traveled with his team from Enumclaw, Washington to win the second varsity race in 15:06.7. The fastest time for a boy was run by Landon Pretre of Menlo who dominated his race 14:46.4. Corona Del Mar went 1-2 in the last varsity boys race on Friday with Max Douglas edging out teammate Kevin Steinman for the win in 15:23.3.

Friday Boys Varsity Photo Gallery, Click HERE


Taylor Drewy of Basha

With the shortened course, the times quickened with Katarina Modrzejewski of Oak Park winning the first the first Saturday varsity girls race in 17:42.4 with Audrey Thiel of Arapahoe in a close second. Kaitlyn Arciaga of Westview ran a fast time in the next girl's race in 17:27.1. Times continued to lower in the following race as Taylor Drewry of Basha won in 17:19.8. Samantha Pacheco Granada Hills won the last color varsity race in 17:43.4.

Saturday Girls Varsity Photo Gallery, Click HERE

Alex Valencia of Bakersfield

Alex Valencia of Bakersfield led off Saturday evening's boys racing with a win in 14:46.2 on the shortened course. Noah McMahan of Incline had a duel with Calvin Rivera of Centennial (NV) with McMahan winning in 14:59.5. Nat Lumaye of Air Academy won the next race in 14:50.9. The last varsity race before the rated and sweepstakes was won by Tristan Kippes of Palo Alto in 14:53.4.

Saturday Boys Varsity Photo Gallery, Click HERE

Abigail Errington (right) of South Pasadena leading the rated girls race

One of the premier races is the rated girls race. Abigail Errington of South Pasadena took the lead in the first half of the race and then widened the lead in the second half for a 16:45.2 win. Errington's South Pasadena won the team race.

Saturday Girls Rated Photo Gallery, Click HERE

Hudson Haley of Vandegrift

In the boys rated race, Hudson Haley of Austin Vandegrift took a huge lead by the halfway point of the race and won by a large margin in a fast 14:08.6. His teammate Dylan Schieffelin finished second in 14:28.3. The 1-2 finish of Vandegrift help lead them to a big victory of 88 points. Herriman of Utah finished second with their B-team racing.

Saturday Boys Rated Photo Gallery, Click HERE

Elizabeth Leachman of Boerne Champion (TX) took the pace out in the Bob Day Sweepstakes race with Jane Hedengren of Timpview (UT) and last year's champion Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura in pursuit. With 50 meters to to Hedengren and Leachman ran stride for stride with Hedengren winning in 15:32.5, Leachman second in 15:32.6 and Engelhardt finishing third in 15:37.4. The finish put the girls 1-2-3 in the all-time high school 3-mile performances. Engelhardt had the old record 3-mile record set at Woodbridge last year and still ran faster this year. Rylee Blade of Santiago (Corona) finished fourth in 15:42.0 to be the fourth fastest high school 3-mile high school runner.

Air Academy of Colorado sent a statement by winning the team awards with a low 77 points. JSerra finished second with 146 points and Buchanan finished third with 196 points.

Saturday Girls Sweepstakes Photo Gallery, Click HERE

Emmanuel Perez of Cathedral took the lead in the boys Doug Speck Sweepstakes race and held onto the lead going into the last mile. Evan Noonan of Dana Hills methodically picked off people going from 20th at the mile mark to fifth by the 2-mile mark. Noonan's last mile caught Perez and Ventura's Anthony Fast Horse and won in 13:41.3. Fast Horse finished second in 13:48.1 and Perez was third in 13:50.7.

Herriman of Utah won the boys sweepstakes for the second year in a row with a score of 93 points. Led by former Great Oak coach Doug Soles, this is the third time a Coach Soles team won back to back titles. His Great Oak teams won in 2014-2015 and 2017-2018. Southlake Carroll of Texas finished second with 93 points and Coach Soles' former school Great Oak finished third with 155 points.

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