Siegfried, Crooks-Yadron Named Mesa Athletes of Month

From left: Tennis coach Lisa Laney, Hayley Siegfried, athletic director Bill Bree, Andrew Crooks-Yadron, cross country coach Aaron Ballou....

From left: Tennis coach Lisa Laney, Hayley Siegfried, athletic director Bill Bree, Andrew Crooks-Yadron, cross country coach Aaron Ballou.

Girls tennis standout Hayley Siegfried and boys cross country runner Andrew Crooks-Yadron have been named Murrieta 24/7 Athletes of the Month for October representing Murrieta Mesa High School.

Crooks-Yadron was the No. 1 runner for the cross country team all season and was always among the leaders of the pack. In his third varsity season, the senior posted a season best time of 15:44 at the Woodbridge Invitational. He also placed third in the Inland Empire Championships and sixth in a prestigious invitational in Arizona.

"Most of our other runners didn't like the course at Woodbridge," he said. "It's a newer course, and I liked it. I feel like I've been pretty consistent all season."

Crooks-Yadron plans to study criminal justice in college.

"You could just see the improvement he made his first year as a sophomore," coach Aaron Ballou said about Crooks-Yadron. "He has steadily improved ever since. He's been running as our No. 1 all year."

Siegfried swept all three of her sets in league matches against Great Oak, Vista Murrieta and Chaparral for the girls tennis team. Only a sophomore, she shows great potential, said her coach, Lisa Laney.

"She is a phenomenal tennis player," Laney said about Siegfried. "I'm very proud of her and her accomplishments this season. I expect big things from her in the years to come at Mesa."

Siegfried said she is excited about the opportunity to compete two more years for her high school.

"I always give me best," she said. "I try to boost everybody else. I'm a co-captain, so I feel like it's my duty to help others if they need it."

Siegfried and Crooks-Yadron received a certificate and Target gift card from Murrieta 24/7.

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