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Los Osos H.S. Cross Country
Michael Oravets
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Los Osos H. S. has competed in the powerful Baseline League since the school opened in the Fall of 2002.

  • Girls: League Champions 2004, 2005, 2012 (Ind) 
  • Girls: Baseline runner-up 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
    Girls: CIF 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
    Boys: League Champion 2004 (Ind), 2007 (Ind)
  • Boys: Baseline runner-up 2005, 2006
  • Boys : CIF 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Ind), 2009 (Ind), 2010 (Ind), 2013 (Ind)
  • Boys : State 2004 (Ind), 2005 (Ind)

Coaches Contacts
Coach "O"   (909) 260-9577

Coach Skiles    (909) 263-3317 

Friday, June 6


    ***HEAT ADVISORY!  If the forecast is correct, we will be dealing with extreme temperatures which will require modified practices and possibly cancelled practices.  If that is the case, please help motivate athletes to get workouts done or completed during the cooler times of day. 

Monday, Sept. 15th - Regular Practice - Practice Cancelled - team released at 2:55                     

Tuesday, Sept. 16th - Regular Practice  - Practice Cancelled - team released at 2:55

       *Woodbridge info/maps were handed out today                        

Wednesday, Sept. 17th - Regular Practice  

             *Picture forms were handed out today.  Picture day will be next Tuesday, Sept. 23rd.  If you want to order any pictures, they need to bring the forms that day out to the photographers. 

Thursday, Sept. 18th - Regular Practice                                     

Friday, Sept. 19th - Regular Practice                         

Saturday, Sept 20th - Woodbridge Invitational  -  races begin at 3:50pm at the Orange County Great Park (details below)  

Monday, September 15


When?  Saturday, September 20th, first race at 3:50pm (unique meet...we would like everyone there by 2:30, novice boys a little earlier)

Where?  Orange County Great Park in Irvine   (Directions:  Take 210 Fwy west, take 57 Fwy south, take 5 Fwy south, exit on Sand Canyon Ave. and turn left, just after you pass under the 5 Fwy, turn right on Marine Way and enter the park)

Who?  Everyone (except the three that told me in advance they could not make it)

Meet Information:  This is the 3rd largest invitational in the nation and it is held on Friday and Saturday.  This is a new location for the meet, so our meeting spot will be approximate (look for our canopy) but located on the course map they will receive this week;  there is only one way into the park, so expect delays;  $10 parking, so you may want to carpool;  no bus provided, parents need to transport their athlete;  more meet info can be found at

Stanford Qualification:  This is the qualifying meet for the Bay Area trip leaving on Thursday after lunch (9/25) and returning on Saturday night (9/27).  The fastest 7 boys and 7 girls will be invited.  We need to know Saturday night that you are accepting or declining the invitation, so be prepared to give an answer.

Drinks/Snacks:  No one signed up for drinks;  Lopez signed up for fruit 

Race Schedule:  We are in the BLUE division for all races (novice races are combined divisions)...please make sure you are in the correct race and make sure you are at the start line 15 minutes before your race begins.  We are running grade level, regardless of your ability.  

3:50 - Novice Boys (Burgi, Combalecer, Jenkins, Aaron Oravets, Punzalen, Reyes)

4:10 - Novice Girls (Araiza, Brown, Cordero, Reyes, Surh, Valle)

4:42 - JV Girls (Herrera)

5:06 - Frosh Girls (Bode, Bolton, Myung, Rueda)

5:30 - Soph Girls (Berrios, Spacher, Sternberg, Stokes)

5:54 - Frosh Boys (Abrego, Bullock, LaClaire, Larkins, Ospina, Plummer, Ramos)

6:18 - Soph Boys (Carlmark, Corona, Denbo, Gazzaniga, Ghonim, Hills, Kiehl, Mason, Andrew Oravets, Peterson)

7:06 - Senior Boys (Armijo, Buettner, Cao, Garcia)

7:54 - Varsity Boys "B" Heat (DeMasi, Ewart, Lopez, Madaloni, Ramirez, Sullens)

8:42 - Varsity Girls "B" Heat (Bock, Han, Holloway, Ruiz, Taylor) 

Saturday, September 13


Wow!  That felt nice.  As the Southland begins the first serious heatwave of the season, most of the team enjoyed a foggy, overcast getaway to California's Central Coast.  Fred was back at the helm of our very nice motor coach and we enjoyed a nice, cool ride north.  After lunch in Buellton, the team moved into the renovated, much-improved Motel 6 in Morro Bay.  With a quick change, we were off to run as much of the course as we could, stopping to instruct along the way.  There was even a tall, giraffe-like figure spotted running with the team...very rare indeed!  

It was time for some fun at the beach, which included actual swimming in water that is always cold, but amplified when there is no sun out.  Others played soccer, football, gathered shells or just hung out.  After cleaning up, the team was treated to a delicious pasta dinner with salad, garlic bread and dessert at the adjacent city park.  Soon it was time to turn in to get ready for real competition...finally!  Breakfast was back at the park, followed by check out and a walk across the street to the high school.  

The meet is a non-scoring affair with medals only going to the top 10 in each race...a low-key meet against teams we don't see very often...the perfect way to kick off the season, especially for the many first timers we brought with us.  The novice boys opened things up as Blake LaClaire held on for the last medal in 10th place, running under 19 minutes for the 2.5 to 3.0 mile course.  We are awaiting the official measurement, but while the course may look the same each year, the tide and the lifeguard tower placement has a major impact.  No doubt this year was longer than a year ago, because we ran very well, placed very well, but made no mark on our all-time list for this meet.  The home team claims not to even keep school records because the course varies so much.  In any case, Blake ran really well, as did Ryan Bullock and Sammy Abrego, who finished in the top 30.  

Welcome back Sarah Holloway!  After a forgettable, injury-filled year, Sarah was back to racing and took to the front, leading most of the way before relinquishing the top spot late to Ashley Davis of Paso Robles, who ran 18:23 at CIF Finals last November.  Jamie Stokes, Sara Bock and Sidney Spacher all finished in the top 20 to lead the Grizzlies to a 3rd place finish (they may not keep score, but I can).  Bradley Ewart battled with the top pack in the varsity boys race, finishing an impressive 5th, while a tight pack of Grizzlies, led by Richard Ramirez, Luke Mason, Jason Madaloni and Lorenzo Corona, rounded out the scoring as the boys finished 4th.  

The girls JV fab five all placed in the upper 1/3rd of the race, with Carissa Myung netting the 4th medal of the day with a 5th place finish.  Kayla Ruiz and Jenna Taylor were both in the top 20.  The bad luck JV boys had the only race in the sun as the clouds gave way and while it warmed significantly, it was still cool compared to what we train in.  Nick Denbo led the team with Duncan Carlmark making a big, late-race move to finish 2nd for the team.

This was our 9th year making this trip and the students' behavior and attitude this year causes me to already look forward to next year.  They really handled themselves well and grew together as a team, which is what it is all about.  While it is a lot to put together, it couldn't be done without the help and support of the parents.  So again, I can't thank the Garcia's enough for all they put into getting the dinner and breakfast ready for everyone...and keeping me filled with coffee!  They did an amazing job!  Thanks also to all who helped out...the Carlmarks, the Sullens, the Abregos, along with the trio of super moms...Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Ramirez.  Thanks to all those that came up to support your son/daughter...they do appreciate it, even if they don't tell you they do.

Coach O forgot his camera, so I am at the mercy of anyone who has a cool shot that would look good on the website (I can only put two up, so only send me your best).

Complete Results (25 schools competing;  improvement from a year ago indicated):
Boys Varsity (123 total runners):  1. Paso Robles - 54;  2. San Luis Obispo - 69;  3. Santa Ynez - 96;  4. LOS OSOS - 123;  Individuals:  5. Bradley Ewart - 16:14;  23. Richard Ramirez - 17:42;  29. Luke Mason - 17:58;  31. Jason Madaloni - 18:06;  35. Lorenzo Corona - 18:17 (-:35);  38. Dylan DeMasi - 18:20;  48. Tommy Lopez - 18:37;  73. Joshua Sullens - 19:42
Boys JV (194 total runners):  17. Nick Denbo - 19:01;  32. Duncan Carlmark - 19:57 (-1:59);  33. Andrew Oravets - 20:01 (-:15);  36. Tyler Gazzaniga - 20:03;  53. Daniel Armijo - 20:32;  76. Jacob Garcia - 21:12;  77. Scott Kiehl - 21:14
Boys Novice (149 total runners):  10. Blake LaClaire - 18:49;  21. Ryan Bullock - 19:58;  29. Sammy Abrego - 20:17;  34. Noah Larkins - 20:34;  49. Chandler Plummer - 21:18;  67. Jack Peterson - 22:01 (-:15);  68. Joshua Nguyen - 22:02;  70. Jake Burgi - 22:08;  76. Nour Ghonim - 22:17 (-1:16);  90. Michael Finn - 22:36;  94. Aaron Oravets - 22:43;  95. Kevin Benitez - 22:47
Girls Varsity (131 total runners):  1. Paso Robles - 97;  2. Stockdale - 112;  3. LOS OSOS - 114;  4. Centennial Bakersfield - 118;   Individuals:  2. Sarah Holloway - 20:03;  12. Jamie Stokes - 20:44;  17. Sara Bock - 21:09;  19. Sidney Spacher - 21:21;  63. Sophia Sternberg - 24:02
Girls JV (186 total runners):  5. Carissa Myung - 22:02;  15. Kayla Ruiz - 23:06 (-1:38);  16. Jenna Taylor - 23:06 (-:22);  39. Madeline Bolton - 25:21;  51. Katie Cordero - 25:55
Shameless Plug???  Looking to see what's going on in San Bernardino County high school cross country...go to "Links" and head to the County site for weekly wrap-ups and County rankings!   


Friday, September 5


We are down to 4 extra t-shirts from our order, so if you didn't get one or you want another one, they are first come-first serve at $12 each.  There are three large and one extra large. 

Monday, April 25


The Heat Is On  -  This is an ongoing issue as we had a few hot days this past week and no doubt more to come...YOU MUST HYDRATE PROPERLY.  The night before and during the school day is critical to keeping you safe during practice. Please drink plenty of water and use sports drinks...mix them up (not together)...don't drink all water or all sports drinks, maybe 2 bottles/cups of water, then 1 bottle/cup of sports drink.  We will be running in the heat very soon and we have to be ready. 

Blog Post Worth Reading  -  Want to get faster?  It's not the blog at   

Logging Miles:  You must log miles for cross country.  It's not only required but it's a great way of seeing progress and motivating yourself.  There's even a running2win app now to make logging easier!  Register now if you do not already have an account.  Miles begin to count on June 1st, but you can start today.  You need to "Join A Team" for us to see your activity.  Directions are below:

1 Go to this Free Web Site:
2.Register yourself with a username and password and some other basic information.
3.Once you've registered, click on the link within the site to "join a team." You will be prompted to enter a Team ID;  it is T-7864100205-20, then click "Submit Request". That sends an email to Coach O who will grant you access.
Fill out your mileage daily!!

Unsure of your mileage???  Go to Google Earth, click on the ruler icon in the toolbar above the image...when the window opens, click on Path, then measure your route and it keeps a running total of mileage!


Friday, May 23


During this past track season, we revamped our stretch session at the end of practice, switching to lines vs. a large circle.  This will continue in cross country and because of the numbers, we need more captains.  The six captains you see pictured all bring something different to the table.  Some lead by example, some are vocal leaders, but they all excel and we look to them to lead us in the 2014 season.  I want to thank them for taking on the added responsibility, especially the very important task of leading summer workouts. 

Tommy, Sarah, Brad, Jenna, Richard, Sara

Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 9/20 runner Woodbridge Invitational 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Orange County Great Park, Irvine
Wed 9/24 runner Baseline League Meet #1 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Red Hill Park
Thu 9/25 star Travel Day to Bay Area TBA
Sat 9/27 runner Stanford Invitational TBA Stanford Golf Course, Palo Alto
Sat 10/4 runner Brea Invitational 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea
Sat 10/11 runner Inland Empire Challenge 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM Glen Helen Regional Park
Wed 10/15 runner Baseline League Meet #2 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Bonelli Park
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