Freshman Melissa Correa (10th in 20:23) and senior Jessica Dominguez (12th in 20:26) helped the Eagles post 32 points, four behind Laguna Beach, which placed five runners in the top nine.
“Gordon was our big surprise today,” Appell said.
The Costa Mesa girls, led by sophomore Hunter Strodel (seventh in 19:57), finished third to advance to the CIF Southern Section Preliminaries.
The Costa Mesa boys, however, finished 30 points behind third-place Calvary Chapel, which the Mustangs had defeated a week earlier at a league cluster meet.
“It’s disappointing, because our guys were so ready for this race,” Mesa Coach Chuck Lester said. “We have two strong seniors who we’re losing for next year. But you have to give it to Calvary. [The Eagles] stepped up and we didn’t.”
The Costa Mesa boys were led by senior Drake Burnette, who finished 10th in 16:26.
James Stocker, a junior who Lester said had led the Mustangs all season, was 16th in 16:55. Junior Ignacio Vera (21st in 17:40), junior Irvin Dorantes (24th in 18:06) and senior Jason Rosello (27th in 18:19) rounded out the Mustangs’ top five.
Junior Kaitlin Yamamoto (11th in 20:24), freshman Raquel Friedman (14th in 20:48), senior Cheyenne Lopez (21st in 22:13) and sophomore Maria Munoz (23rd in 22:38) rounded out the Costa Mesa girls’ top five.
Additional girls runners from local schools included Estancia senior Alexa Aguilar (15th in 20:48), Estancia freshman Heather Flores (18th in 21:49), Costa Mesa senior Kelsi Bauermeister (24th in 22:45) and Costa Mesa sophomore Melissa Townsend (22:58).
Estancia boys in the top 20 included sophomore Juan Jeronimo (15th in 16:50) and junior Michael Divala (18th in 17:12).
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