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Big accomplishments highlight strong day at Bell-Jeff

Cross-country: A few local individual and teams shined at the 40th annual invitational at Griffith Park.

September 28, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,
  • Hoover High's Vladimir Climasevschii, center right, took seventh in his race at the Bellarmine-Jefferson Cross-Country Invitational.
Hoover High's Vladimir Climasevschii, center… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

LOS ANGELES — Hot temperatures, a dusty trail and hilly course provided the perfect opportunity for a few local teams to overcome the obstacles and prosper at Saturday’s 40th annual Bellarmine-Jefferson Cross-Country Invitational at Griffith Park.

No individual stood out more than did La Cañada High senior Anna Frederich, who both won the individual girls varsity white race, while leading the Spartans to an impressive team victory.

“We came out here two years and I missed my chance to get a backpack. I didn’t want to walk away empty-handed again,” said Frederich, in reference to the knapsack awarded to the winner of each race. “This is our third race within the last week and we wanted to make this our best.”

While the Spartans finished 23rd in the Woodbridge Invitational rated race on Sept. 21 and runner-up at the Rio Hondo League’s first meet on Wednesday, there was no denying La Cañada, which finished with 53 points in holding off both Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (76) and Chaminade (77).


Frederich was a near runaway winner, taking the lead about 800 meters into the race before eventually costing to a victory in 18 minutes, 31 seconds, well ahead of runner-up Savannah Berry (18:57) of Bakersfield Highland High.

“It was hot, but I guess that was good weather for us,” said Spartans Coach Jenn Strople, whose team was initially supposed to run at the Stanford Invitational. “Anna obviously ran well, but we had some great efforts from throughout the team.”

Colleen Mispagel was La Cañada’s No. 2 runner Saturday, finishing fifth overall with a mark of 19:40, while Eloise Dimase-Nordling was the third Spartan to finish in the top 10, taking ninth in 20:52.

Jenny Callen (18th, 21:59) and Caitlyn Mispagel (25th, 22:26) rounded out the scoring for La Cañada.

In terms of individual area finishes, the next two highest placers earned seventh in Hoover High’s Vladimir Climasevschii and La Cañada’s Ethan Angold.

Climasevschii and the Tornadoes competed in the varsity boys red race alongside city archrival Glendale and took 11th overall with 291 points in a competition won by Loyola (24 points).

Climasevschii finished in a mark of 16:44 and was the lone Hoover athlete in the top 25 as the team’s runner-up, Andrew Alvarado (17:53), nabbed 50th.

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