For the first time since 2014, the Palos Verdes boys cross country team won Bay League behind strong showings from Will Teets and Nate Lantz at Redondo Union High's cross country track, Thursday Nov. 1.
It was the evening PV got from Tate Nygren that pushed the Sea Kings to the top spot.
"It's really good to have two guys with low scores (in Teets and Lantz)," PV coach Brian Shapiro said. "But (Nygren) picked a really good day to have a great race and seal the win."
With a half-mile to go, PV trailed Mira Costa by three points. Down the home stretch, PV took the points lead before its first league title in four years.
"It was great to see this group of seniors earn that league title," Shapiro said. "Many of these guys have been running varsity since they were freshman, and they had to grow up real quick. They've matured, worked together and bonded into a high-achieving team."
Teets finished of 15 minutes, 6.10 seconds earned him second overall. Lantz took third with a 15:09.80 finished. Peninsula's Ewan Macfarlan took fourth overall (15:14.40) Wade Nygren's 15:34.10 finished earned him seventh overall. Tate Nygren posted a 15:50.90 finish, good for 15th overall.
Ranked No. 1 in the most recent CIF Southern Section Division 3 poll, Shapiro knows winning a CIF-SS title is an even bigger task with defending champion West Torrance being a strong competitor.
"West is very strong," Shapiro said. "They took us down by a few points at Mt. SAC. Indio also has a strong program, so whoever has the best day is going to win CIF."
West Torrance was ranked No. 2 in the same poll, released Nov. 5, with Indio ranked No. 3.
PV girls cross country second in league
PV's girls finished second at the 2018 Bay League finals, behind Mira Costa.
The Sea Kings were paced by Savannah Scriven and Samantha Steman, but it was the race from McKenna Paulson that helped PV solidify the second spot.
"McKenna had a breakthrough race," Shapiro said. "She closed down the distance to our lead runners (Scriven and Steman)."
Paulson broke 18 minutes (17:56.20) on the three-mile course, marking a lifetime best. Scriven finished second overall (17:43) while Steman took fifth (17:54.70). Paulsen finished sixth overall.
"Finishing second was a great result for our girls," Shapiro said. "Mira Costa is one of the strongest teams in California, and they are very deserving champions. Our girls put up some of their fastest three-mile times of the season, and showed they are getting close to where they need to be for CIF and State."
Ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3, Shapiro sees PV's girls as favorites to win a CIF-SS title. In 2017, PV had a tough day at the CIF race in Riverside and finished in second place. Mira Costa is ranked No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 1.
"After last year, we’ve all been really eager to get back to CIF and do better,” Steman said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking, considering we thought that we were going to win CIF and then five out of seven of us fell down at the start. But I think that that’s just motivating us now to keep working hard.”