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Cross Country: Long Beach Poly Hosts SoCal Opener

The562’s coverage of cross country and track and field is sponsored by Bryson Financial.

On a warm Saturday morning on the campus of Long Beach State, some of the top distance runners from around Southern California came together for the first-ever XC SoCal Opener, hosted by Long Beach Poly.

It was a successful meet for the Jackrabbits, with both varsity winners wearing green & gold. Freshman Avery Peck won the girls’ three-mile race with an impressive time of 18:39.36 on and around Jack Rose Track. She won the race by nearly a full minute over Castaic High junior Kassidy Vargas. Wilson’s Natalie Maahs finished third, just ahead of Poly’s Evelyn Hernandez Lujan.

Poly’s Cameron Rhone also won the boys’ race comfortably with a time of 14:38.21. Aaron Cohen of West Torrance finished runner-up, followed closely by Poly’s Luke Larson in third.

The Moore League’s first league meet is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28 at El Dorado Park.

Complete varsity results are included below, along with a full photo gallery by John Napalan of All-In Press!

John Napalan, All-In Press
John Carlo Napalan is a Long Beach native and has been working in education and coaching since 2012. He is one half of the duo alongside Art O’Neill, and has a passion for sports photography.