RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Marissa Scott, Bonita, Sr.
The Bearcats’ senior earned her third consecutive Tribune Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year year award, but she also finished her high school career having helped build the program into a CIF-Southern Section and CIF-State team champion for the first time in school history.
Scott warmed up by winning seeded races at the Dana Hills and Warren Stauffer invitationals before gearing up for the postseason. She won the Hacienda League individual title and was the league’s MVP, quite an honor with the Bearcats so deeply talented.
At the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals, Scott anchored her team to the division title by finishing fourth in 17:03. It was her best performance of the season when the Bearcats needed it the most.
After winning the school’s first CIF team title, the Bearcats doubled their excitement with a CIF State Division 3 title. They won by 60 points.
Once again it was Scott leading the way. She finished a team-leading 10th (18:30) in the state finals in helping her team earn a stunning state championship.
“I was really nervous before the race,” Scott said. “I knew we trained all season for this and I knew we
would pull it off because I had a lot of confidence in my teammates. They gave their best effort.”
TRIBUNE FIRST TEAM
EMILY HUBERT, Bishop Amat, So.
The sophomore finished third in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals (16:53) and was sixth overall at the Division 3 state finals at Woodward Park in Fresno, where she was timed in 18:20 to top all local performers. Hubert also won the Dana Hills and Arcadia High Apache invitationals.
ROXANNE VALLE, Azusa, So.
The Montview League individual champion finished 10th at the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals (17:17) and was 12th at the CIF-state Division 3 finals in Fresno (18:41). Valle also won the Rosemead Invitational and finished first in her division at the Mt. SAC invite.
KAILYN SCOTT, Bonita, So.
The Hacienda League first-teamer finished third at the league finals, won the Warren Stauffer Invitational and was second at the Dana Hills invite. Scott also finished 16th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:33) and was 17th overall (18:49) at the CIF-State Division 3 finals.
KELSEY CREESE, Bonita Fr.
The talented freshman was named to the Hacienda League first team after finishing fifth at league finals and also winning her division race at the Warren Stauffer Invite. She finished 17th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:33) and was 21st at the CIF-State Division 3 finals (18:52) in helping her team win a state title.
MACKENZIE LANDA, Bonita, Jr.
She won her division at the Woodbridge, Dana Hills and Warren Stauffer invitationals and finished second at the Hacienda League finals. She also performed well in the postseason in finishing 15th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:27) and 23rd at the CIF-SS Division 3 state finals (18:53).
JORDIN PRADO, Bonita, So.
The Hacienda League first-team selection finished fourth at league finals and played a big part in helping the Bearcats capture CIF and State team crowns. Prado was 19th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:36) and 34th overall at the Division 3 state finals (19:06). She also was third in her division at the Warren Stauffer Invite.
COACH OF THE YEAR: LONNY CARR, Bonita
The Bearcats’ coach finished a dream season in leading his team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title and a CIF-State Division 3 championship. It was the first time in school history the Bearcats girls cross country team had won CIF or State titles. They saved their best for last in winning the state title by a commanding 60 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Cathedral Catholic of San Diego.
Aileena Moreno, Bonita, Jr.
Sydney Tullai, Ayala, Fr.
Megan Renken, Claremont, Jr.
Suzie Garza, Baldwin Park, Jr.
Micaela Lamb, Glendora, So.
Diana Garcia, Bonita, Jr.
Emily Hoey, Glendora, Jr.
Maria Hernandez, Sierra Vista, So.
Katelyn Breitschwerdt, St. Lucy’s, So.
Tanner Morgan, Ayala, So.
Kiana Cavanaugh, Claremont, So.
Cindy Phung, Rosemead, Sr.