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Super siblings rule trails

Mikey and Jenny Giguere propel Westlake cross country
By Gilberto Manzano

 ONE-TWO PUNCH—Siblings Jenny and Mikey Giguere, standouts for Westlake cross country, are among the fastest runners in the county.  IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers   ONE-TWO PUNCH—Siblings Jenny and Mikey Giguere, standouts for Westlake cross country, are among the fastest runners in the county. IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Mikey Giguere gets embarrassed whenever his younger sister, Jenny, trains with his Westlake High boys’ cross country teammates.

It’s not because she can’t keep up.

“It’s having my sister on the team,” said Mikey Giguere, a junior.

There’s no embarrassment on race day. Mikey Giguere is Jenny’s No. 1 fan.

Mikey Giguere is the top boys’ runner for the Warriors. He’s also the defending Marmonte League champion.

Jenny Giguere, a sophomore, was a top-10 runner in the league as a freshman.

“Jenny and I always support each other,” Mikey Giguere said. “I give her tips on how to run a race and how to improve.”

The siblings are two of the best cross country runners in the area.

Westlake teammate junior Chris Costa encouraged Mikey Giguere to join his United Track Club when the friends attended Colina Middle School.

Mikey Giguere, who grew up playing soccer, immediately fell in love with running.

“There were a lot of seniors and upperclassmen that I could keep up with my freshman year,” Mikey Giguere said. “That’s when I knew I could be good at this.”

Jenny Giguere has a similar story.

In eighth grade, Maddy Aplin, currently a sophomore for the Warriors, noticed Jenny Giguere’s running talents in gym class and introduced her to cross country.

“At first I didn’t know what I was doing,” said Jenny Giguere, whose personal-best time in a race is 17 minutes, 35 seconds at Woodbridge Cross Country Classic last season.

The Westlake girls placed fourth in the Marmonte last season and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 finals.

According to Warriors head coach Joe Snyder, Jenny Giguere recorded the fastest time for a freshman at the section final.

Mikey Giguere isn’t too shabby either.

He won a 2011 league crown in 15:28.

Mikey Giguere helped the Warrior boys’ capture a Marmonte team championship and 14th at the section finals.

Westlake is currently No. 10 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 coaches’ poll.

Mikey Giguere finished the Woodbridge course in 15:18, his fastest race in 2011.

Both runners want to set personal records at this Saturday’s Woodbridge meet.

“Mikey has the ability to drop under 15 minutes,” Snyder said. “Jenny is also very talented, but she has top competition running against girls like (Simi Valley’s) Sarah Baxter.

“Both work hard. They’re team players who lead by example.”

Jenny Giguere said she hopes to one day run at the level of Baxter, a junior star who has won two state cross country championships.

“Seeing Sarah Baxter run that fast makes me feel it’s possible for me to run at that pace,” she said. “It inspires me to go that fast.”

Training with her brother and the top Westlake boys increases Jenny Giguere’s chances of winning a Marmonte title.

Mikey Giguere faces topnotch competition in practice. The strongest seven Warriors are all capable of finishing races under 16 minutes.

Rocky Peterson, Westlake’s No. 2 runner, pushes Mikey Giguere during workouts.

“Mikey and I always battle in practice,” Peterson said. “He’s a very good runner.”

Mikey Giguere excels in track for the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races.

Unlike many siblings, Mikey and Jenny get along well and hardly ever fight around the team, according to Snyder.

“At home it’s a different story,” Jenny Giguere said, adding that her parents always come to the races to support their children.

The Giguere family will continue to attend cross country meets for the next few years— maybe they’ll get to plan a trip to the state meet in Fresno.

“I’m excited to see what the future has in store for Mikey and Jenny,” Snyder said.

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