La Jolla Country Day’s boys team wins cross country title


Local cross country runners turned in stellar performances Nov. 21 at the CIF San Diego Section Championships at Balboa Park’s Morley Field, as La Jolla Country Day’s boys team won the Division IV title and four other teams advanced to the state meet.

Country Day’s boys won the D-IV title handily, holding off rival The Bishop’s School, which finished second, 45-70.

While Will Wilde Botta of Bishop’s was the first across the finish line in 17 minutes, 9 seconds over a 3.04-mile course, Country Day’s Lee Klitzner finished second (17:14), Dennis Roth fourth (17:41), Noah Wolfenzon 11th (18:30), Alex Felischhacker 13th (18:38) and Josh Pooley 15th (18:52).

Bishop’s also saw Patrick Hoagland finish fifth (17:50), Tyler Davidson 19th (19:11), Chris Kuntz 22nd (19:16) and Zach Lana 23rd (19:20).

La Jolla’s boys placed third in D-III, with 120 points. Andrew Farkas (sixth, 16:52), Alex Eve (seventh, 16:59) and Michael Conroy (10th, 17:03) paced the Vikings.

In the girls’ D-IV race, The Bishop’s School finished second, with 64 points, and La Jolla Country Day was third, with 108.

Lauren Collins of Bishop’s was third, covering the 2.75-mile course at Morley Field in 17:48. Samantha Staszak was Country Day’s top runner, finishing 11th in 19:20.

La Jolla’s girls were seventh in D-III, led by Tatevick Simavoryan (25th, 18:31).

The CIF State Championships will be held Nov. 28 at Woodward Park in Fresno.


La Jolla secured a 38-32 victory over Palo Verde in the first round of the D-III playoffs on Nov. 20, the first playoff victory for the Vikings new head coach Rey Hernandez.

Zac Zlatic completed 11 of his 13 passes, including one for a touchdown to Braden Fudge, and added two rushing touchdowns — one for 62 yards. Fudge also made a 45-yard field goal and kicked five extra points. Garret Christenson led the ground attack, rushing 15 times for 107 yards and a score. Matt Petch also tallied a rushing TD for the Vikings.

Andrew Hollyfield led the defense with six tackles and recovered a fumble. Pierce Poynter intercepted a pass and blocked a kick.

The Vikings (5-6) advanced to visit second-seeded Valley Center (9-1) for a quarterfinal game on Nov. 27.

Bishop’s (6-4), which was seeded third in the D-V playoffs and earned a first-round bye, will host Foothills Christian (7-4) in the quarterfinals on Nov. 27.

La Jolla (9-1), seeded fourth in D-V, also earned a bye and will host Tri-City Christian (8-2-1) in a Nov. 27 quarterfinal game.

Girls tennis

Country Day’s Elena Najera and Sophie Najera advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SDS doubles championships where they lost and missed a chance to defend their doubles crown.

They were seeded first, and earned a first-round bye. They toppled a team from Scripps Ranch, 6-1, 6-0, in the second round on Nov. 17. In a third-round match the next day, they beat a team from Vista, but then lost to ninth-seeded Michaela Johnson and Hailey Johnson of Fallbrook, 6-3, 6-4, in the quarters.

Girls volleyball

La Jolla Country Day’s girls’ volleyball program captured its first section championship in six years. (See separate story.)

La Jolla fell in its D-III semifinal game against Valley Center on Nov. 17, 25-18, 25-14, 25-12. Haley Cameron’s 11 kills led the Vikings.

Boys water polo

Bishop’s dropped a 9-8 game to Coronado in its D-II semifinal game on Nov. 18.

Gregory Ball covers sports for La Jolla Light. He can be reached at ballgregory@yahoo.