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Sean Brosnan-Coach '19 Boys National Champs Sep 29, 2020

Interview with Sean Brosnan conducted Sept. 28, 2020 in advance of the Newbury Park Athletic Club's trip to the Phoenix area to compete in the Desert Twilight XC Festival. In 2019, Brosnan coached both the boys and the girls to CIF-State Division II titles and the boys to a narrow victory over Great Oak for the team national title. In this interview, Brosnan says the 2020 version of his boys team is better than the 2019 version that included perhaps the best 1-2 punch in state history in Nico Young and Jace Aschbrenner. Brosnan discusses the development of the boys team, status of the girls team, and challenges to coaching during the COVID-19 shutdown that began in mid-March. 

Doug Soles - 14x CIF-State champion coach Sep 28, 2020

Interview with Great Oak cross country/track and field coach Doug Soles conducted Sept. 26, 2020, in advance of the South Temecula Track Club's trip to the Phoenix area for the Desert Twilight XC Festival. Soles, who has guided the Great Oak XC teams to a combined 14 CIF-State Division I titles and the boys to one national team title and runner-up spots each of the past two years, is bullish on this year's teams despite loses on both sides via graduation and departures. The boys team, in fact, turns over all but one regular from 2019s top seven but Coach Soles is quick to remind that his team won the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 title last November while running the Wolfpack B team. Depth has always been a staple of the Great Oak program, especially on the boys side. The girls return a strong group of rising sophomores as well as UC Davis-bound senior Brianna Weidler. In this interview, Soles discusses the development of his team, outlook for Desert Twilight, and challenges of coaching during the COVID-19 pandemic that has kept CIF sports shut down since mid-March. 

Girls High School Sweeps 5K Run Oct 4, 2020

Watch Tatum David and the IMG Academy (FL) girls take home the win at the Desert Twilight XC Festival. Related Links:ResultsVideosPhotosArticles

2020 vs 2019 Twilight Boys Times Oct 5, 2020

With the new Twilight course in 2020, we looked at how runners who also ran the 2019 course fared on both courses. We also looked at the best time drop by an athlete (both by percentage and net time) from 2019 to 2020.

Siena Palicke - Top four among CA girls Oct 14, 2020

It took us a couple weeks but we did indeed catch up with Yorba Linda (SS) senior Siena Palicke, who was the No. 4 CA high school runner at the Oct. 2 Desert Twilight XC Festival held on the 5K course at The Links at Queen Creek on the outskirts of Phoenix. This was the second "summer rules" race for Palicke, who competes for Quick Track Club, following an early September rust-buster in San Antonio. Palicke's time during the COVID-19 shutdown of official CIF competition was spent training, working at a pizza restaurant and also locking down her future, announcing a commitment to UCLA where she said she plans to study biology. Palicke has one more "summer" race on her schedule, Oct. 23 in Gilbert, Arizona, before taking a short break before ramping training back up in preparation for the delayed 2020-21 CIF cross country season expected to begin at the end of December and run through late March. Palicke has twice placed third in Division 3 at the Southern Section championships and last year placed fourth in D-III at the State Meet. Enjoy our chat with Siena Palicke. 

2020 vs 2019 Twilight Girls' Times Oct 7, 2020

With the new Twilight course in 2020, we looked at how runners who also ran the 2019 course fared on both courses. We also looked at the best time drop by an athlete (both by percentage and net time) from 2019 to 2020.

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