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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, 2015 (Ind)
  • Boys: League Champion 2004 (Ind), 2007 (Ind), 2014 (Ind)
  • Boys: Baseline runner-up 2005, 2006
  • Boys : CIF 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Ind), 2009 (Ind), 2010 (Ind), 2013 (Ind), 2014
  • Boys : State 2004 (Ind), 2005 (Ind)

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Coach "O"
   (909) 260-9577

Coach Skiles    (909) 263-3317

Coach Hawkins    (909) 223-4308  

Thursday, July 14


***Please help us encourage healthy habits to decrease injuries and health issues...getting enough sleep, hydrating properly, eating a decent lunch. 

Monday, Sept. 26th  -  Regular Practice                                     

Tuesday, Sept. 27th  -  Picture Day

    ***NO formal practice...released at 2:55pm bell or when pictures are completed;  you MUST be in uniform to be in the team checking one out because you forgot yours.            

Wednesday, Sept. 28th  - Baseline League Meet #1 at Red Hill Park - details posted Monday 

Thursday, Sept. 29th  -  Travel Day to Monterey

              Monterey Group:  Meet promptly in parking lot by the tennis courts right after 5th period so we can get on the road.

        All others:  You will need to check in with Coach Marlen at the tennis courts and remain there during 6th period.  You will be dismissed at the bell and should run on your own at some point later in the day.                                

Friday, Sept. 30th  -  Monterey Trip

             Monterey Group:  Morning workout on the beach

        All others:  You will need to check in with Coach Marlen at the tennis courts and remain there during 6th period.  You will be dismissed at the bell and should run on your own at some point later in the day.                                                                                                                  

Saturday, Oct. 1st  -  Pacific Grove Invitational in Monterey - 7 boys, 7 girls qualifiers 

           Race Schedule:  Frosh Girls - 10:00am;  Soph Girls - 11:00am;  Soph Boys - 11:30am;  Junior Girls - 12:00;  Junior Boys - 12:30pm;  Senior Boys - 1:30 


Sunday, September 18


Well...not really at Woodbridge, but at the meet.  This has turned out to be the Circus Vargas of meets as we went to our 4th location in 8 years.  What started as a mostly on-campus course at the actual Woodbridge High School has turned into the nation's 2nd largest meet...keep in mind that everything you experienced on Saturday was duplicated with two more divisions on Friday night.  With the growth of the meet came facility issues, prompting movement to Estancia HS in Costa Mesa and then what was supposed to be it's permanent home at the developing Orange County Great Park in Irvine.  Strained relations sent the meet director searching and he found a new home at the Silverlakes Sports Complex in Norco.  The course was similar...flat and fast, as this is likely to be a runner's season PR over 3 miles.  Adding importance to the meet for the Grizzlies is the designation as the qualifier for the trip north to Monterey in two weeks and the battle to get a spot in the first league meet at Red Hill Park.

Logistically, there was a lot of room, but meet management tried to cram everyone into Tent City, which was an absolute mess, so to avoid confusion, we stayed with the published and advertised plan.  It may have been a hike, but one trip to Tent City and you would understand.  Great viewing of the course and private bathrooms were a plus too.  It was warm and windy for the early races, but that gave way to what may have been ideal racing conditions.  The best team placing came early as the freshmen girls, even without Riley Juarez, placed 5th out of 18 teams to earn the only team plaque on the day.  Reese Garcia and Marley Zwerner were both in the top 15 as they continue to shine.  Selena Mondragon has really come on strong as she earned a top 7 time for the girls to guarantee a Monterey spot.  Tali Adri would do the same in the sophomore race as she debuted with a 16th place finish in her race.  With only three girls running in the varsity race at night, much of the drama was over for the trip spots, but all three would qualify as Hollie Genualdi ran the fastest time of the meet for the Grizzlies at 19:51, a full 3 minutes faster than a year ago, followed closely by Sidney Spacher at 19:58.  

On the boys side, the freshmen kicked things off and most struggled to find their racing gear.  Erik Agosto ran well with a 19:01.  Josh Atkinson was the top finisher in the sophomore race with a 17:18, followed by huge improvement from Marcos Rodriguez, Luke Garcia, and Conor Farren-Stroud.  Angelo Bastida led the junior boys, but none would threaten for a Monterey spot.  But there was more huge improvement from Jack Holloway and Aaron Oravets.  Nick Hills has quietly put together a couple of solid weeks of practice and put himself on the bubble by edging Atkinson by 1 second with his 17:17 in the senior race.  The varsity boys found themselves in the tougher of the two varsity heats and really ran well even if the 12th place finish doesn't sound that impressive...ahead of them were teams from three other states.  The 6 that ran last year all improved and all 7 qualified for Monterey.  Lorenzo Corona ran the 6th fastest time ever at this meet by a Grizzly, while Marco Ospina and Andrew Oravets finished 2nd and 3rd for the Grizzlies.  The best news was the 1:12 scoring gap from #1 to #5 as Blake LaClaire came up big in the #5 spot.  

With the homecoming and SAT conflict, there will be some that qualified that will not make the Monterey trip, but we are all looking forward to what is a fantastic getaway in two weeks.  For now, it's time to get ready for the first league meet at Red Hill Park on September 28th.  Thanks to the Warbrittons and Zwerners for the drinks and fruit and to the Garcia's who helped get the bibs and chips to athletes as they arrived. 

Complete Results: 
Overall Boys:  Team Time - 81:09;  95th out of 268 teams;  *** - indicates Monterey trip qualifier;  improvement from '15 indicated
Varsity Boys (12th of 21 teams; 150 total runners):  12. ***Lorenzo Corona - 15:30 (-:14; #6 mark all-time);  55. ***Marco Ospina - 16:13 (-:17);  60. ***Andrew Oravets - 16:17 (-:40);  70. ***Javier Ruedas - 16:25;  90. ***Blake LaClaire - 16:42 (-1:10);  103. ***Ruben Ruiz - 16:55 (-:46);  121. ***Duncan Carlmark - 17:14 (-:13)
Senior Boys (154 total runners):  39. Nick Hills - 17:17 (-:59);  111. Tyler Gazzaniga - 19:35 (-:48)
Junior Boys (16th of 23 teams;  222 total runners):  69. Angelo Bastida - 17:48;  91. Jack Holloway - 18:14 (-1:34);  99. Sammy Abrego - 18:19 (-:09);  111. Aaron Oravets - 18:25 (-2:47);  115. Roberto Solis - 18:27 (-1:10);  118. Jade El-Gaouny - 18:30;  131. Samuel Hsiao - 18:47;  148. Noah Larkins - 19:21;  167. Damien Vasquez - 19:57 (-:30);  181. Andrew Combalecer - 20:25;  186. Drew Ramos - 20:43
Sophomore Boys (20th of 32 teams;  308 total runners):  46. Josh Atkinson - 17:18;  104. Marcos Rodriguez - 18:16 (-3:22);  111. Luke Garcia - 18:21 (-3:11);  160. Ryan Mannion - 19:00;  170. Tor Nilsen - 19:10 (-:40);  202. Conor Farren-Stroud - 19:40 (-3:16);  240. Wyatt Rivas - 20:25;  252. Joseph Salcedo - 20:36;  282. Steven Perez - 21:41
Freshman Boys (25th of 28 teams;  352 total runners):  89. Erik Agosto - 19:01;  167. Drew Warbritton - 20:05;  181. Luke Jennings - 20:22;  222. Daniel Amaya - 20:55;  226. Frank Farrugia - 20:57;  267. Justin Cacucciolo - 21:34;  276. Ethan Diaz - 21:48;  293. James Leyva - 22:08;  304. Matthew Combalecer - 22:25
Overall Girls:  Team Time - 101:33;  137th of 257 teams;  *** - indicates Monterey trip qualifier;  improvement from '15 indicated 
Varsity Girls (146 total runners):  58. ***Hollie Genualdi - 19:51 (-3:07);  66. ***Sidney Spacher - 19:58 (-:18);  96. ***Carissa Myung - 20:32 (-1:37)
JV Girls (225 total runners):  131. Keila Cummings - 24:09;  224. Natalia Hernandez - 30:43
Sophomore Girls (125 total runners):  16. ***Tali Adri - 21:44;  71. Rylee Noreen - 23:52;  93. Anaya Villasenor - 24:50
Freshman Girls (5th of 18 teams; 195 total runners):  7. ***Reese Garcia - 20:29;  13. ***Marley Zwerner - 20:42;  41. ***Selena Mondragon - 22:38;  45. Faythe Berge - 22:40;  67. Nicole Gonzalez - 23:21;  72. Yuke Chen - 23:32;  85. Isabella Goltara - 23:54;  103. Isabel Larkins - 24:22;  136. Hannah Ismael - 25:17 

Saturday, September 10
Medal Winners
      It felt good to be cold!  As we await fall in the Southland, the team escaped to the cloudy and cool Central Coast to kick off the season with the Morro Bay Invitational.  There was a new format to the meet, but it was business as usual the day before.  Our old friend Fred chauffeured us on our journey with a lunch stop in Buellton before reaching our destination just before 3:00pm.  The veterans, less than half, ran over the course, while the coaches took the newcomers over it in sections, providing insight and strategy along the way.  We hit the beach for about an hour after the workout and while some braved the chilly waters, the overcast and cool conditions kept most busy playing football, soccer, or frisbee and gathering sand dollars.  
     After cleaning up in the rooms, we had our dinner at the neighboring park.  Pasta, salad, garlic bread, and some outstanding brownies for dessert.  We cannot thank the Garcia family enough for all their work with meals on this trip for too many years to count, along with help from the Carlmark, Rivas, Abrego, Genualdi, and LaClaire families (apologies if we missed anyone).  We are very fortunate to have such supportive parents.  With a couple of hours of park play time mixed in, it was time to head back to the rooms.
      After an early breakfast, we made our way across the street to the high school, where a big change awaited us in race format.  This is not the biggest meet, but it is a competitive meet, this year featuring 3 ranked boys and 3 ranked girls teams.  Instead of a varsity/JV/FS format, they ran four races...all junior/seniors in one and all frosh/soph in another for both genders.  As a result, this toughened up the FS races because you couldn't pull top youngsters up to "varsity" and likely weakened the junior/senior races.  Cool and overcast is pretty good cross country weather on the grassy and sandy course that always changes with the tides and placement of the lifeguard tower.  Meet management measured this year's version at 2.74 miles, just a touch shorter than last year (2.76), although the times seem to point to a larger difference.  I would love to claim that we are just that much better, but it is likely a combination of being better (I do think we are!), a shorter course, and better conditions.  Everyone who ran here last year improved, some by nearly 4 minutes! 
      The FS boys kicked it off and the higher level of competition was evident as 4 of the top 9 overall times came out of this race.  Ruben Ruiz ran a smart, tactical race to move up significantly in the second half to finish 24th and run the #4 mark for the team on the day.  Luke Garcia had the biggest improvement from a year ago at 3:55 as he was the 2nd finisher in the race for the Grizzlies.  
      Only one girl on the trip ran here last year and the FS girls race featured all newcomers and they really showed well, including a pair of impact freshmen.  Clearly evident from the beginning of summer practice, there would not only be varsity spots up for grabs, but some would be filled by talented freshmen.  In their first race ever, Reese Garcia and Marley Zwerner nabbed top 20 finishes in the FS race and it turned out to be the top two marks on the day for the girls.  Even more impressive is that in their first race, in merging the races together, they ran the 28th and 33rd fastest times on the day, out of over 300 runners, and against some pretty solid teams.
      We were a little short-handed in the junior-senior race, but all three ran well, led by Hollie Genualdi in 19th and Sidney Spacher in 21st.  All told, the girls finished 8th in a 25 team meet, which with what we lost a year ago, is pretty darn good.  
     There was a big group of junior-senior boys and lots of veterans.  Lorenzo Corona has worked hard in the off-season and it really showed as he picked his way forward throughout the race to take 6th in 16:06, the #6 best mark ever by a Grizzly here.  Newcomer Javier Ruedas was impressive in finishing 20th, equalling the #10 mark all-time, while Andrew Oravets was right on his tail in 22nd.  All ran well in this race as you can see below and the boys collectively finished 5th out of 27 teams on the day.
      It was a great experience to get our feet wet for the competitive portion of the season, but of course the trip is much more than that.  This was the 11th year we have been able to do this one and it's a great bonding experience with new friendships being forged.  Behavior was top notch and we thank you for that;  there was racing happening as opposed to running and that is great to see.  We hope you enjoyed it as we look forward to an old friend of a meet at yet another new location next weekend...this one much closer to home :)  Get ready for Woodbridge!!!  
Complete Results:
Boys Aggregate (both races combined) Team Scores (no official team scores kept;  27 total teams):  1. Paso Robles - 46;  2. Foothill Technology - 90;  3. San Luis Obispo - 129;  4. Laguna Beach - 168;  5. LOS OSOS - 188  
Junior-Senior Boys (230 total runners):  6. Lorenzo Corona - 16:06 (-:47; #6 mark all-time);  20. Javier Ruedas - 16:39 (ties #10 mark all-time);  22. Andrew Oravets - 16:43 (-1:22);  37. Marco Ospina - 17:08 (-:23);  47. Duncan Carlmark - 17:19 (-1:40);  61. Blake LaClaire - 17:30 (:42);  85. Chandler Plummer - 18:09;  100. Sammy Abrego - 18:41 (-1:26);  107. Jack Holloway - 18:50 (-2:56);  113. Jade El-Gaouny - 19:04;  114. Noah Larkins - 19:04 (-1:42);  115. Aaron Oravets - 19:05 (-3:32);  133. Tyler Gazzaniga - 19:33 (-1:33);  141. Damien Vasquez - 19:47 (-1:59);  153. Drew Ramos - 20:01 (-1:14)
Frosh-Soph Boys (227 total runners):  24. Ruben Ruiz - 16:55 (-2:30);  86. Luke Garcia - 18:55 (-3:55);  89. Marcos Rodriguez - 18:59;  96. Ryan Mannion - 19:06;  115. Conor Farren-Stroud - 19:34 (-3:32);  128. Luke Jennings - 19:46;  155. Drew Warbritton - 20:09;  161. Wyatt Rivas - 20:19;  173. Frank Farrugia - 20:39;  183. Ethan Diaz - 20:50
Girls Aggregate Team Scores (no official team scores kept;  25 total teams):  1. San Luis Obispo - 126;  2. Foothill Technology - 126;  Stockdale (Bakersfield) - 133;  4. Arroyo Grande - 188;  5. Paso Robles - 189;  6. Nipomo - 229;  7. Templeton - 230;  8. LOS OSOS - 235 
Junior-Senior Girls (155 total runners):  19. Hollie Genualdi - 20:44 (-3:13);  21. Sidney Spacher - 20:59;  55. Keila Cummings - 23:03
Frosh-Soph Girls (158 total runners):  14. Reese Garcia - 20:20;  18. Marley Zwerner - 20:30;  53. Selena Mondragon - 22:30;  55. Faythe Berge - 22:36;  70. Isabella Goltara - 23:09;  75. Isabel Larkins - 23:23;  78. Yuke Chen - 23:26;  95. Nicole Gonzalez - 24:11;  109. Hannah Ismael - 24:58 


Monday, April 25


Picture Day - Will be on Tuesday, September 27th, prior to the first league meet.  Order forms coming soon. 

Fundraising   -  Nobody enjoys fundraising, but it has to be done.  We were hoping that the Run-A-Thon would be enough, but not everyone participated.  If you didn't or were unable to at the time, it's not too late, you can still bring in money.  Rising costs of the Morro Bay trip and invitational costs going up means we are still looking at other options.  

One date to keep clear on your calendar is Tuesday, September 20th.  We will do our Chipotle dinner fundraiser that afternoon/evening.  They give 50% back to your program, which is unheard of.  This year, if your group can bring in $2000 in sales, they will up it to 75%!  Last year we were over $1500, so it is within reach, but we will have to get friends and relatives involved too. 

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.  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!


Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Tue 9/27 star Picture Day 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM LOHS Track
Wed 9/28 runner Baseline League Meet #1 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Red Hill Park
Thu 9/29 star Travel Day to Monterey All Day
Sat 10/1 runner Pacific Grove Invitational 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monterey Peninsula
Sat 10/15 runner Inland Empire Challenge 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM Glen Helen Regional Park
Wed 10/19 runner Baseline League Meet #2 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Bonelli Park
Sat 10/22 runner Mt. SAC Invitational TBA Mt. SAC
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