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Hasvold honored as boys cross-country team MVP


Last updated 1/10/2008 at Noon

Bret Hasvold was honored with the Most Valuable Player award for Fallbrook High School’s boys cross-country team during the post-season banquet November 27 at the high school’s Burton Performing Arts Center.

“It was unanimous. There was nobody even mentioned besides Bret,” said Fallbrook coach Marco Arias. “His peers respect him for what he does. He highly conducts himself.”

Hasvold’s accomplishments during the season included winning both the CIF San Diego Section Division I meet and the Avocado League meet, at which the senior also had the fastest time of any runner in the three-league North County Conference Finals.

At the CIF state meet Hasvold finished fourth among the 201 Division I runners and eighth among the 969 runners in all divisions.

Hasvold also had the top overall time among the 1,434 runners in the Dana Hills Invitational and won the Laguna Hills Invitational. He was named the state boys athlete of the week by for the week of September 17-22.

Junior Uriel Aguirre was given the Most Inspirational award after a vote of his teammates. Aguirre was living with his grandparents in a house on Rice Canyon Road which was destroyed in the Rice Fire.

“He came back and raced really hard,” Arias said. “It’s really inspiring.”

Aguirre ran in the league meet despite a sprained ankle which was swollen after the race. He finished 19th with a time of 17:24 on the 3.1-mile course to earn second-team all-league honors.

“He really showed something to the guys,” Arias said of Aguirre.

Senior Sam Liner earned the team’s Most Improved award.

“Sam just worked his tail off the whole summer to put himself in a position that was very valuable to the team,” Arias said. “He always gives everything that you ask of him.”

The banquet also saw Hasvold and senior Todd Van Duzer honored as team captains. Coaches’ Awards were presented to seniors Sean Wood, Kevin Strickfaden, and Josh Smith.

Garrison Haddon was selected as the junior varsity’s Most Valuable Player award during the banquet. Jordan Rowley received the JV’s Most Improved honor. Drew Engle was honored as the freshman Most Valuable Player.

Arias became the head coach after Marty Hauck suffered a fatal heart attack September 19, and the banquet included a tribute to Hauck.

“It was pretty tough to finish out for me personally,” Arias said. “It brought back a lot of memories, and it was really emotional.”

The team members also saw a season highlight video at the banquet.

“The kids always enjoy it,” Arias said. “Every single kid can look at their face and remember what they were thinking.”

Although Hasvold was the Warriors’ No. 1 runner, Arias noted the value of the other team members.

“Everybody is a winner just because they participate and also because they’re racing against their own times,” Arias said. “Every person was a winner just for finishing out the season.”


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