Two runners named to ESPN’s California All-State Freshmen Team

By Luke Holthouse

ESPN named sprinter Garrett Robinson ’15 and middle distance runner Ben Weissenbach ’15 to the 2012 California Boys Track & Field Freshmen All-State Team last week.

The freshmen duo joined about 100 other first-year high school runners in California given the distinction.

Robinson won an individual Mission League Championship and qualified for CIF Finals in the 400m in just his first year of high school competition with a time of 49.07. By finishing in first place in the 400 at Mission League Finals, Robinson qualified for CIF Finals in the event. His time of 48.75 at CIF Finals was fifth-best in the state, best among freshmen in the state and was good enough to qualify him for the CIF Masters meet. Robinson finished in eighth place at Masters with a time of 49.11 and did not qualify for the State Meet.

In addition to posting the fastest 400 time ran by a freshman in California, Robinson’s time of 22.41 at Mission League finals in the 200 was the second fastest time a freshman ran in California. However, Robinson’s 200 time at Mission League finals was good enough only for fifth place and he did not advance to CIF Finals in that event.

Robinson also competed on the 4×400 relay team this season along with Judd Liebman ’12, David Manahan ’14 and Jordan Gutierrez ’14 that set a school record at CIF Finals with a time of 3:21.64.

Weissenbach finished in sixth place in the 1600 at Mission League Finals with a time of 4:33.01 and did not advance to CIF Finals. However, Weissenbach ran the 1600 in 4:30.48 at the Crespi/Harvard-Westlake dual meet earlier that season, which was the second fastest time a freshman in California ran the event this season. Weissenbach is faster in the event than his older sister, Amy ’12, who finished in second place at CIF Finals in the girls’ 1600 with a time of 4:48.86.

A full list of the team can be seen at