Servite wins Trinity title, ending St. John Bosco's 21-year run
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Servite’s boys cross country team was euphoric as it celebrated winning at the Trinity League Finals, and for good reason.
The Friars edged JSerra, 62-66, Friday at Central Park, ending a streak of 21 consecutive league titles for St. John Bosco.
St. John Bosco’s 21-straight Trinity League crowns are a CIF-SS record across all sports. Friars coach Richard Gibbs said the feeling of breaking the streak was indescribable.
“We’ve been chasing Bosco for a long time,” Gibbs said. “(Tim) McIntosh is one of the greatest coaches in the history of California cross country. To beat him is very much a huge honor.”
Vincent Sarino, Mauro Rosales, Michael Holbrook, Michael Cazarez and Erick Garcia finished in the top 20 to help the Friars to victory.
Gibbs said the team is rounding into form with the CIF Prelims next weekend.
“The team’s proud, everyone is proud, but it’s the first of our three main goals for the year,” he said. “(We wanted to) win league, make CIF and make it to the state meet.”
JSerra’s Andrew Burkhardt, who committed to Cal on Wednesday, defended his Trinity League individual title, winning the race in 14:45. He was 42 seconds faster than Orange Lutheran’s Jacob Miller, who finished second.
Freshman Nadia Tabrizi made it a sweep of the individual league championships for JSerra. She ran an 18:35 to lead the Lions to a 42-51 victory over Mater Dei.
Isabella Abusaid, McKayla Giacobetti, Skylar Giacobetti and Ella Coppola rounded out the scoring quintet for JSerra’s girls team.