After CIF Prelims two athletes from Costa Mesa High School’s Cross-Country team made it to CIF Finals, hoping to further qualify to the Cross-Country State Meet. Two athletes, Brett Bermudez (senior) and Anuare Magana (junior) qualified in competing at finals, but unfortunately neither made it further into the state meet, Bermudez missing it by one spot. “I’m so proud of my son, every time I see him running I still get tears in my eyes,” stated Gary Bermudez (father of Brett). Although Brett ran his season best he was still disappointed in himself for not reaching his goal in qualifying to State, but he hopes to atone for it in his Track season. When talking about his performance, Brett Bermudez stated, “I had been aiming to grab a spot in state, and even be competitive for a state title unfortunately I missed it by one spot and that kind of bothered me. I did improve a bit so I was happy with that and I think that track will hold some potential”.
Bermudez has many colleges scouting for him to join their team in the years to come, when asked about these opportunities and how his times will affect Brett’s college choices, Bermudez said, “They can only affect my college future positively, as in get me more money towards it. I have already been given an offer that will stand as is, as long as I don’t break a leg or something”.
As Bermudez is making the most of his last season and training to make it to CIF finals in track, Magana is trying to get stronger to make it to the highest levels in cross country and track in his senior year. Although, Magana made it to CIF finals as a junior he still believed he had some weaknesses that he needs to work on, with also some new strengths he attained with his training. Magana believes, “I was stronger on the downhill’s compared to Prelims but I felt I was much weaker on the stretch before Reservoir (last hill at the CIF finals Mt. SAC)”. His season best was 15:28 and hopes to improve next year in order to compete at the cross-country state meet. Magana believes that cross-country has allowed him to improve his stamina and wants’ to bring his new strengths to track. His goals in his new track season include running around 4:20s for the mile and 9:40s for the two mile. Both athletes are very excited to begin a new track season and are very determined in making it to CIF finals.
Written and Photos by Serena Ozonur