Team: Laguna Beach Breakers
State Division: 4 CIF Section: Southern League: Sunset Wave
Head Coach: Scott Wittkop
Varsity Returnees from 2018 Season Finale: 2 and 4
How They Fared in 2018: Won Division 4 State Championship!
Top Returnees: Logan Brooks, Sr. (15:49/Woodward Park, 9:26.72/3200); Mateo Bianchi, Jr. (16:02/Woodward Park, 9:20.43/3200)
What Our Crystal Ball is Showing: You couldn't have scripted it any better last year. The Breakers more than held their own against the "big boys" from the larger divisions, destroyed the Woodward Park team-time course record for Divison 4 schools, then stormed to their fourth state title in program history! This year, however, their story is in its very early stages and the ending is unknown. We expected three very solid runners to return, but one opted not to run this year. As a result, Laguna Beach will have to develop plenty of sorely needed depth in the months to come. Early reports are that multiple runners are stepping up; it still might not be enough to topple a pretty solid Division 4 field. All-state runner Logan Brooks (seventh at state last year after transferring in from Florida) and Mateo Bianchi (made huge strides during track season, when he clipped 9:20 for 3200 meters) are a bonafide 1-2 punch. The group likely needs three more runners within 30-35 seconds to have a chance at repeating as state champions. Right now then have none. Stay tuned.