St. Francis Defeats Defending Champion Loyola

(Photo courtesy Christine Smith) - The St. Francis High School varsity cross-country team includes (from left) assistant coach Chris Lyons, Axel Gonzalez, Aidan Guzman, Luke Metcalf, Auge Martin, Noe Barraza, Sam Franco, Hayden Owen and head coach Pat Donovan.

First published in the Nov. 17 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The St. Francis High School varsity cross-country team executed an impressive 1-3-4 finish to beat 23-time defending champion Loyola High School, 27-34, at the Mission League Finals at Pierce College recently.
Senior Hayden Owen, the Mission League champion, won the 3-mile race in 15:28 with an impressive nine-second margin of victory. Junior Luke Metcalf finished third in 15:40 with junior Sam Franco not far behind in 15:49. Sophomore Aidan Guzman was ninth in 16:06, senior Noe Barraza was 10th in 16:13, sophomore Auge Martin was 11th in 16:20 and sophomore Axel Gonzalez was 14th in 16:30.
The Golden Knights, guided by head coach Pat Donovan and assistant coach Chris Lyons, executed a masterful team effort with a 62-second time gap across their entire seven-runner varsity lineup.