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La Jolla High School sends two runners to state championships

The CIF Cross Country Championships were held at Balboa Park Nov. 22, during which two La Jolla High School (LJHS) students — senior Lauren Roberts and freshman Max Ippolito — qualified for the State Championships in Fresno, Nov. 29.

Lauren Roberts
Lauren Roberts

Roberts finished 10th in the Division IV school race, and Ippolito finished 13th in the boy’s race. Cross Country is a team sport, so qualifying individually is only accomplished by establishing a top-five time in the CIF finals. This is the first time in more than 30 years that a LJHS freshman has qualified for State Championships, with Ippolito running 17:48 in the hill-oriented 3.1- mile (5,000-meter) race. He set a school record the week before, running 16:50 in a flatter version of a 3.1-mile race in Western League finals.

Max Ippolito
Max Ippolito

In Fresno, Ippolito was one of 20 freshmen in the 202-runner field of the State Championships. He had a personal record of 16:52 minutes over the 3.1-mile route, finishing 75th and fifth as a freshman.

Roberts was 93rd of 201 runners with a 20:53 over the same course.

LJHS head cross country coach Robert McCarthy and assistant coach Amy Kuehl trained both the boys and girls programs this year.