By The Bakersfield Californian
Runner of the Year
Blake Haney, Stockdale, senior
Haney started the season in style, setting a course record with a 13:55 at the prestigious Woodbridge Invitational, and ended it with a runner-up finish at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. In between, the future Oregon Duck won league, county and section titles and finished third in the state's Division I race.
Abran Ayon, McFarland, junior
Finished sixth in the county championships in 15:38 and had the sixth-best local time (16:20) of the day in placing 11th in the Division II section championships. Best time of the season was 15:00.
Gustavo Delcastillo, West, senior
Ran a season-best 15:28 to place fourth at the county championships, then won the SYL title and placed second in the D-III section race with a 16:21. Also led the Vikings to an SYL team title.
Danny Garcia, McFarland, senior
Second only to Haney in the county championships (15:24) and among locals at the state meet (15:59), where he finished 40th to lead the Cougars in Division II. Garcia also blazed a 14:34 at the Seaside Invitational early in the season.
Brandon Kan, Frontier, senior
Finished second to Haney at all three SWYL mini-meets and in the league final (15:40). Kan finished fifth in the county (15:30) and ninth in the section Division III race (16:07) with the fourth-best local time of the day.
Luiz Orozco, McFarland, junior
Battled with Garcia for the top spot on the Cougars' deep team. Orozco finished third in the county (15:28) and second in the D-II section finals (15:53) to lead the Cougars to a team championship. Season best was a 15:05 at the Jim White Invitational.
Thomas Valles, McFarland, junior
Valles finished seventh in the county championships (15:47) and 12th in the section D-II championships (16:25) and ran the fourth-best local time at the state championships (16:38). Season-best was a 15:23 at the Jim White Invitational.
Joe Carranza, soph, Shafter
Manuel Carranza, soph, Shafter
Chris Garcia, sr, Foothill
Keane Kelley, jr, Stockdale
Trevor Martin, jr, Centennial
Tyler Moore, sr, West
Tyus Thompson, sr, Stockdale
Arvin: Pedro Cruz
Bakersfield: Scott Van Matre
Foothill: Sam Magana, Richard Timmermans
Frontier: Kyle Lemminn
Highland: Ethan Machado
Liberty: Miguel Morales
McFarland: Ramiro Sepulveda, Yiovani Topete
North: Jacob Franco, Eduardo Lopez
Ridgeview: Ramon Flores, Anthony Moronez
Shafter: Jesus Sanchez
Stockdale: Matthew Wells
West: Keylan Meneses