x-country prelims story for SundayCorona del Mar girls take top five spots in heat and record second-best time ever on Mount San Antonio course Saturday.WALNUT -- All seven Newport-Mesa high school cross country teams and Kenny Rakestraw, competing individually, qualified for CIF Southern Section finals with their performances in the CIF preliminaries Saturday at Mount San Antonio College.
On a day with several standout performances, no one was better than the Corona del Mar High girls' team. The Sea Kings boasted the first five finishers in their CIF Division III heat, recording a team time of 1:31:53 -- the second best mark for any girls' team on the Mount SAC course and the best girls' team time of the day.
"The girls had a very good workout, they had a job to do," Corona del Mar Coach Bill Sumner said. "Did I think they'd finish one through five? No. That's not what I intended. We wanted to go hard the first two miles then cruise to the finish. To get the second-fastest team time on this course with that plan is a good sign."