A trip last week to Hawaii was a successful one for the Laguna Beach High cross-country program at the 15th annual Iolani Invitational on the island of Oahu.
The boys' team placed second among 18 teams in the varsity team standings. The Breakers finished behind winner Glacier Peak, a Division 1 team from Washington, and finished ahead of defending Hawaii state champion, Kamehameha.
"The trip was amazing the kids had a great time and ran really well," Laguna boys' coach Scott Wittkop said.
Senior Casiano Koprowski turned in the top time for Laguna at 16 minutes, 3 seconds. He was followed by: Cameron Zuziak (16:19); Drake Butler (16:25.4); Grant Barton (16:25.9); Mason Pitz (16:41); Liam Corrigan (17:15); Ian Ring (17:21); Veda Rebollar (17:47); Penn Nelson (17:17:49); Carter Fraser (17:55); Tim Andrews (18:26); Jake Mangus (18:42); Zack Spitz (18:45); James Marshall (18:48), and Stirling Marshall (19:08).
The Breakers returned to Laguna late Sunday.
"It was an incredible bonding experience for our team and despite the travel and the weather, they preformed very well," Wittkop said. "The team ran over four minutes faster than our team did two years ago on the same course."
The Laguna girls' team took third in its division, which also was won by Glacier Peak. Freshman Bailey Shoemaker (19:58.8) of the Breakers won the Open race and teammate, senior Audrey Rodriguez (20:59.21) finished 10th.
"We had a great trip," girls' coach Steve Lalim said. "The kids were amazing, the race went great. It was one of the best trips I've ever been on with a team."
Both Laguna teams showed no let up Wednesday at the Orange Coast League Cluster Meet, as each finished first in their respective final team standings at Irvine Park in Orange.
Five Breakers finished among the top 10 in the girls' three-mile run led by freshman Kirsten Landseidel in second place at 18:53.05. Sophomore Pearl Shoemaker was third (19:04.12), junior Janie Crawford fifth (19:25.18), Bailey Shoemaker sixth (19:29.36), and senior Brielle Budroe was ninth (19:40.39).
Four Breakers had top-10 times in the boys' three-mile run. Koprowski led the way with a 15:50.87. Junior Grant Barton was seventh (16:20.48), sophomore Cale Airey eighth (16:31.80), and sophomore Mason Pitz was ninth (16:35.42).
The Laguna boys are ranked third, and the girls' team is No. 8, in this week's CIF Southern Section Division 4 cross-country polls.
The Breakers, ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division 2, won four of seven matches last weekend at the 19th annual Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas.
Laguna defeated Rim of the World and McQueen (Reno, Nev.) but lost to Torrey Pines on Sept. 20, the first day of the tournament. The Breakers defeated Thousands Oaks and El Dorado and lost to Los Angeles Marymount and Pleasant Grove Saturday.
The Breakers previously were swept by Corona del Mar in a nonleague match Sept. 16.
The Breakers have played without Alyse Wallace-Ford since the Dave Mohs Tournament (Sept. 13-16). Laguna Coach Raul Papaleo said the junior outside hitter left the team Sept. 16.
Wallace-Ford was the team leader in kills.
"She wanted to concentrate on club volleyball," Papaleo said. "She's a great athlete and has a bright future. I wish her well."