Conditions weren't ideal for Misetich, Breitschwerdt or the more than 500 high school students who competed from across the state with the temperature hitting the high 90s, forcing officials to shorten distances for some of the races.
Misetich and Breitschwerdt finished 44th and 50th with times of 1 hour 23 minutes 1 second and 1:29:46, respectively, in Division I. The performances earned the Golden Knights 16th place out of 22 teams in Division I with 2,590 points.
Sir Francis Drake High took first place with 3,811 points.
A total of 16 other Golden Knights competed at the freshman, sophomore and junior varsity levels.
"More than half of the members on the team had their best race at the state championships, so that means we peaked at the right time," Bird said.
Sean Bird, Bird's son, provided the best finish on the day for St. Francis when he finished fourth in the JV Division I race in 50:16 after taking third overall in the SoCal League.
Scott Marshall (14th, 53:46), Matt Kubly (23rd, 55:58), Cameron Aubert (33rd, 58:10), Connor Haas (36th, 59:05) and Steven Ayoob (50th, 1:04:12) also competed in the JV Division I 62-rider race.
Austin Hamilton, who took sixth in the SoCal League's freshman class, capped an impressive inaugural campaign with a time of 53:49 for fifth in the Division I freshman leg.
Skyler Payne, who finished seventh in league, also took eighth in 54:55 out of 56 in the race for St. Francis, which also had Remi Roth (21st, 59:51), Philip Saulny (22nd, 59:52), Nick Bedford (26th, 1:01:56) and Nathaniel Blakely (39th, 1:06:44) competing.
"Our freshman riders really improved this year and I know that they will be a force next year in the sophomore and JV Classes," Lee Bird stated.
Daniel Balsam, who took third in the SoCal League's sophomore division, led the St. Francis sophomores again at State when finished 18th in the Division I sophomore competition in 1:27:42. Hunter Nalley (45th, 1:38:37), Will Towne (55th) and Keenan Koch (58th) also finished for the Golden Knights.