La Serna Cross Country Ranked 20 in State


La Serna Cross Country training in Big Bear during the summer.

La Serna Cross Country train in Big Bear during the summer.
Cross Country team bond in Big Bear.
La Serna Girls Cross Country show their medals at the Fastback Shootout.

La Serna High School’s Cross Country team recently raced at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, where they faced some of the country’s top teams. La Serna competed at all levels and the boys were featured in the sweepstakes race. After competing at the Fastback Shootout at the Arcadia Regional Park and the Woodbridge Invitational, La Serna’s team was ranked 10th in the CIF Southern Section. The Lancer boys placed first with an average two mile time of 9:58 at the Fastback Shootout. Gerald Baltzer, junior, placed third in the two mile with phenomenal new personal record on 9:56.6.

The Woodbridge Invitational was an outstanding meet for the Lancers, with many setting new personal records. La Serna currently has two girls and one boy with the top three times for the three mile in the Del Rio League. Junior Maddie Franco placed first in the junior varsity gold level at the Woodbridge Invitational with a personal record of 18:25.2 in the three mile. Franco finished nearly a minute ahead of the second and third place runners. Alexis Saucedo, a senior, also achieved a new personal record for the three mile with a time of 18:17.7. Jesse Montez, a senior, hit 14 minutes and set a new personal record of 14:56.9.

Over the summer, the top runners of La Serna’s cross country team went to Big Bear Lake to train for their upcoming season. This is an annual trip where the runners enjoy runs with scenic views and are able to become closer to their teammates.

The first Del Rio League Cluster took place at Legg Lake Park on Thursday, September 27. La Serna had the first place runners in the varsity boys three mile, JV boys three mile, frosh boys three mile, and the JV girls three mile. La Serna’s JV and varsity boys placed first. La Serna’s girls JV placed first and the varsity girls placed second to La Serna’s rival, California High School.

Cross Country Coach Joe Orr is confident in the team’s upcoming success for the season, “I think our team will do very well at all levels this season with a goal of winning a team championship,” he said.  He also said to keep an eye out at this upcoming invitational for the three senior leaders to lead the pack: Jesse Montez, Andrew Hernandez, and Marco Perez, referring to Woodbridge Invitational.