by Meaganh Cabuco
Cross Country season may have ended, but it is not over for Isaiah Labra. As a sophomore at Bonita Vista High, he ran at State finals, located at Woodward Park, on Nov. 28.
Labra, being the only Bonita runner there, placed 80 out of 197. He had a mile pace of five minutes and 17 seconds and a time of 16:18 for the 5k (3.1 mile) race. Labra set a personal record (PR) at the State meet, according to the head coach, Matthew Seat.
“It felt amazing crossing the finish line at the CIF race knowing that I came in fourth place, which is an automatic qualification to the State meet. I just wanted to make sure that I stayed humble and try not to over do it for myself,” Labra said.
Labra is the first Bonita Vista runner to run at the State meet in over four years. Between 2002 and 2011, Bonita Vista’s Cross Country team was able to send at least one athlete to the State meet, and the last athlete before Labra to qualify for the State meet was Cesar Castillo in 2011.
“Isaiah is a great athlete, not only because of his talent for running, but because of everything else that he does to improve himself. He has a great attitude, is very competitive but at the same time also very humble. It has truly been a pleasure to coach Isaiah so far,” Seat said.
At the CIF race, sophomore Ethan Lamprecht and senior Marleen Aranda, were not able to qualify for the State meet. According to Seat, it was rare for that to happen because of their high placement. Lamprecht placed seventh in his CIF race and Aranda placed eighth in hers. Seat has high expectations for the next Cross Country season of 2016-2017.
“The fact Isaiah was able to qualify this year, with Ethan right behind, shows that we are setting ourselves up to do some great things. However, nothing in this sport is ever a guarantee, so it will come down to staying focused, and staying healthy. If we can continue to improve on the trend that we have been so far, we have the potential to dominate the San Diego Section,” Seat said.