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JSerra girls cross country team has depth, talent to pursue another state title

JSerra’s girls cross country team was the CIF State and CIF Southern Section Division 4 champion last season.

The Lions, armed with a tremendous group of returnees, could be better this season.

MileSplit.com has the Lions at No. 2 in its California rankings, behind Buchanan of Clovis, the 2021 girls Division 1 state champion.

Brynn Garcia made a splash as a freshman last season. She finished fifth in the CIF-SS Division 4 finals. Lions senior Anastasia Snodgrass was second in the Trinity League finals, junior Georgia Jeanneret was fourth in the league finals and second at the Mt. SAC Invitational, junior Brooke O’Brien was fifth in the league finals and seniors Ellie Johnson and Cameron Murphy add to the team’s unusual depth.

JSerra coach Chase Frazier said freshmen Kayla Tasser and Summer Wilson will contribute to the talented group.

“We’re looking to be one of the top national teams this year and to qualify for nationals,” Frazier said. “We’ve got the Woodbridge Classic coming up and the Clovis Invitational, which will give us a chance to run against some of the best competition in the country.”

Snodgrass is enthusiastic about JSerra’s chances.

“The range and depth we have is unlike any other,” she said. “We’re looking forward to showing that we’re one of the best teams out there. We’ve been training very hard to show everybody what we are.”

NOTES

The Woodbridge Classic, annually one of the larger and more important early-season meets, will be at Orange County Great Park in Irvine this season and in future seasons. The meet will be held Sept 15-16. …

MileSplit.com’s California rankings include Canyon’s girls team at No. 9. Canyon’s Holly Barker had an outstanding freshman season in 2021, finishing third in the CIF-SS Division 4 finals and sixth among Division 4 runners at the state meet. She was first in several other races including at the Woodbridge Classic and the Laguna Hills Invitational. …

Huntington Beach junior Makenzie McRae last season had first-place finishes at the Central Park Invitational, the Mt. SAC Invitational and the Sunset League finals. …

Dana Hills senior Allura Markow was fifth in last season’s CIF-SS Division 2 championships and first in the South Coast League finals. She had a fine track and field season this past spring. Markow finished second in the 3,200 meters in the CIF-SS Divisional Finals with a time of 10:52.88. …

Sydney Rome is back for her senior year at Yorba Linda after finishing third in the CIF-SS Division 3 finals last season. Santa Margarita’s Sophie Polay was fourth in the CIF-SS Division 3 race and first in the Trinity League finals. …

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