The first CIF (California) State XC meet since 2019 is tomorrow at Woodward Park in Fresno.
As we known, the Newbury Park boys are the best team in high school XC history, and they currently boast four of the best runners in the nation.
They will win the Division 1 race tomorrow, handily.
Top runner / NAU commit Colin Sahlman says they have another goal — for all of those top four (Sahlman, younger bro Aaron, and twins Leo and Lex Young) to get under the legendary 14-year-old Woodward Park course record of 14:24, set by German Fernandez in a solo run in the Division 4 State championship race in 2007. The Woodward Park course is a full 5K, and it’s certainly not a flat course, with the biggest hills coming in the second mile.
For context of how difficult this record is for any boy to break, here are the PBs of some other former CA prep stars on this course:
Nico Young 14:29
Lalo Herrera 14:49
Luis Grijalva 14:50
Ryan Hall 14:50
CJ Albertson 14:51
Liam Anderson 14:56
Cooper Teare 14:59
Meb Keflezighi 15:02
In early October at the Clovis Invitational, Sahlman ran 14:30, the Youngs went 14:34 and 14:35, and Aaron Sahlman went 14:44.
With no NXN and their victory at RunningLane nationals almost a foregone conclusion, these boys can pretty much go all-out on Saturday.
So there it is: How many of them will actually break Fernandez’ record?
The other questions are whether the team can break their own team time course record (73:36.6), the State meet score record (23 points from Thousand Oaks High in 1993), and the State meet margin-of-victory record (98-point win from Great Oak in 2019).
The answer to all three of those questions should be yes — but by how much? Could they perfect-score it? Their No. 5 guy has shown a lot of improvement, and he could flirt with the 15-minute mark, but it seems unlikely that he will get fifth.
The Division 1 boys race is at 12:30 p.m. PST.
Meet program here:
Live results here:
DyeStat preview of the full meet here:
Video of German Fernandez’ course record here: