Canyon Crest Academy Ravens race to the top at CIF Finals


Canyon Crest Academy junior Kelly Bernd won the mile at the CIF Finals on May 30, beating out all San Diego Section runners. Kelly, who blazed the track in 4:57.97, represented San Diego County and CCA at the California CIF State Track and Field Championships June 6-7 in Clovis. Kelly finished as the seventh fastest girl in the state with a time of 4:51.39. The time was a personal best and CCA school record.

Several CCA girls joined Kelly at the top in the division two 1600 meter race at the CIF Finals, with Kira Loren placing second and freshman Claire Bernd taking fourth.

“It is a very remarkable achievement for these girls to get three on the podium at the CIF Finals,” said Head Coach Andrew Corman. “It is directly related to their hard work and positive attitudes.”

The CIF Finals was the most successful weekend in the history of the CCA track and field program, with several Raven runners finishing in the top 10 in their events.

For the girls, Kragen Metz placed second in the 800 meter race, Erin Beck took eighth in the 3200 meters and Naomi Smitham finished 10th in the 1600.

On the boys side, Dylan Petkevich placed fifth in the 800 meters, Arman Irani finished sixth in the 1600 meters, Paul Aste placed fourth in the 3200 and Nate Perdue finished fifth in the pole vault.