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La Jollans can be proud of both their high schools’ girls cross-country teams. Hats off to La Jolla High and The Bishop’s School for qualifying for the 2019 CIF State Championship in Fresno on Thanksgiving weekend. La Jolla High placed 19th of 25 teams in their division in the State Championships. The Bishop’s School placed 9th of 23 teams in their division, improving two places from last year’s team and tied the best finish by Bishop’s in the State Championships.
More than 90 runners braved heavy winds, cold and drizzle to compete in a San Diego Unified School District’s middle school cross-country meet Nov. 20, 2019 at Morley Field Sports Complex in Balboa Park, San Diego. Nine students from Muirlands Middle School in La Jolla ran their best against a tough field. Payton Smith took second place overall for eighth-grade girls and Ilya Davydov took second place overall for sixth-grade boys within the district. Officials agreed the meet was a great experience for everyone involved and are looking forward to the next middle-school track meet in May 2020.
La Jolla High School’s varsity girls cross-country team competed for the win in the 2019 California CIF state championship Nov. 30 at Woodland Park in Fresno. Head coach Mandy Benham said the first team is the first to qualify for the state championship meet since 2008. The girls competed in the division for race and came in 19th out of 25 teams. Sophmore Emma Valenzuela said: “It was a great experience to be part of the state meet and it was exciting to see some of the fastest runners in California!”
The La Jolla High School Vikings football defense was strong during its opening home game against The Bishop’s School Knights, Aug. 23, slowing plays big and small.
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