The varsity boys runners take off at 8 a.m. in the Channel League cross country meet at Lake Casitas. (Courtesy photo)

Andreas Dybdahl led five Santa Barbara High boys in the top 20, leading the Dons to a second-place finish at the first Channel League cross country meet early Wednesday morning at Lake Casitas.

Due to the anticipated hot temperatures in the afternoon in Ojai, the eight league coaches voted to reschedule the meet at 7:30 a.m.

Santa Barbara scored 55 points to finish behind Ventura (37) in the team standings. Dos Pueblos (also with 55 points) was third followed by Buena (99), Rio Mesa (126), San Marcos (146), Oxnard (165) and Pacifica (250). 

“Ventura is a good team and they showed it today,” said Santa Barbara coach Olivia Perdices, whose boys team won last year’s six-team Channel League.

The highest local individual for the boys was sophomore Eamon Gordon of Dos Pueblos. He came in third place, running the hilly Lake Casitas course in 15:34.22. Dybdahl ran 15:39.65 for fourth place.

Dos Pueblos sophomore Eamon Gordon came in third place with a 3-mile time of 15:34.22 on the hilly Lake Casitas course.
Dos Pueblos sophomore Eamon Gordon came in third place with a 3-mile time of 15:34.22 on the hilly Lake Casitas course. (Courtesy photo)

Micah Grossman of Ventura was the individual winner in 15:32.74 and  Rio Mesa’s Nicholas Weinerth was second in 15:34.64. 

Ventura dominated in the girls race, taking the top three spots and six of the top-10 for 19 points. Dos Pueblos was second with 54 points, followed by San Marcos (107), Oxnard (116), Santa Barbara (122), Rio Mesa (139), Buena (166) and Pacifica (230).

Individually, sophomore sensation Sadie Engelhart of Ventura took the win in 19:35.

Dos Pueblos senior Ellie Gleason was the top local finisher in fourth place with time of 19:58.08. Right behind her was San Marcos senior Shaina King in fifth at 20:09.49.

Santa Barbara’s best finisher was Mackenna Show in 16th place in 21:27.


Dos Pueblos girls coach Micks Purnell said Gleason “put together a great race and came in right behind the top Ventura girls and broke up their sweep.”

Senior Phoebe Wolfe Lyons was the second DP finisher, placing 10th in 20:31.22. The Chargers’ other scoring runners were Sophie Sales (12th, 21:13.94), Eloise Shea (13th, 21:13.94) and Ashley Hansen (15th, 21:26.02)

“It was great to see Eloise Shea and Ashley Hansen, who both had some problems last Friday at the Raider Invitational, bounce back in a big way to run smart and tough when it counted and contributed to our score today,” said Purnell.


Chargers’ coach David Jackson said Gordon “showed his intentions to race with the best.”

Senior Tyler Jamieson moved up from 18t place and cracked the top-10, running 16:19.15 for 10th place. He was followed by senior Orlando Ye (11th, 16:22.56), senior Luciani Koroshec (15th, 16:41.63) and junior Dominic. Corral (25th, 17:35.32).

“Luciani Koroshec showed the biggest improvement over his season debut, last Friday,” said Jackson. “By the first half mile into the race, he was in 25th.  And, by the end, he had passed 10 competitors to finish in 15th.”

Jackson said the Chargers have work to do.

 “For us to finish higher at league finals, we’re going to have to close our gap time from our second-to fifth-place finishers.  Today, that gap was 20-30 seconds longer than usual. There are a lot of points in those 20-30 seconds.”


Dybdahl’s race drew praise from coach Perdices.

“That was a great race for Andreas, showing he absolutely belongs in that front group,” she said.

Also scoring for the Dons were Blaise Snow (8th, 16:02), Cainan Birchim (12th, 16:26), Bode Andrulaitis (13th, 16:27) and Nico Tassos (18th, 16:51).

“Bode Andrulaitis did a phenomenal job moving up through the second half of a tough course,” said Perdices.

“This league has a lot of guys capable of winning on their day and it was fun to watch them all go at it.”


The Dons entered a team of underclassmen for the league meet.

Mackenna Show is a junior, Ridley DeSoto (18th, 21:28) also is a junior, Ailey Alexander (22nd, 21:40) a freshman, Belen Catalan Jaimes (30th, 22:18) a sophomore and Maia Show (36th, 23:09) a freshman.

“We had two freshmen and no seniors in there, so we’re in a good position to keep developing,” said Perdices.


Coach Marilyn Hantgin said King is a strong runner who “can handle the hills of this course and use it to her advantage.”

The other team members were underclassmen.

Freshman Samara Shalhoub was the No. 2 San Marcos finisher in 21st place in 21:36.21.

“She has never run this course before and I thought she showed a lot of toughness and fight to run so well for us,” said Hantgin.

Shalhoub was followed by junior Kiala Haas (25th, 22:01.08), sophomore Melina Vela (26th, 22:01.17) and sophomore Baylie Bingham (28th, 22:13.53). Colette Keller, and Kennedy Funk also finished.

“These girls battled and ran some of their best times of the year on this very difficult course. I can’t express how proud I am of these girls. They continue to impress me by their work ethic and dedication to the team,” said Hantgin.


Bryan Edgar finished 17th in 16:48.27 to lead the Royals.

“I appreciate Bryan’s competitiveness. He didn’t back down to the very talented field of runners. I can always count on Bryan to give it his all every time he races,” said Hantgin.

The other San Marcos scorers were Ben Callanan (21st, 17:02.82), Leland Sutter (30th, 17:35.11), Ayden Welch (33, 17:58.97) and Andrew Robillo (45th, 18:57.96).

Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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