LAGUNA HILLS — Corona del Mar High cross country coach Bill Sumner can't tell a certain story about Ashlee Powers without laughing. It's a giddy laugh for sure.
Last month during the CdM boys' and girls' training at Mammoth, Powers was struggling as she competed in a push-up contest. She was behind the winner by 15 push-ups, Sumner said. The CdM junior appeared spent and ready to fall on her belly. But slowly, one push-up after the next she caught up to the person in first place and after one more push-up to win, she stopped.
"She doesn't like losing, so that's good news," Sumner said while smiling.
He has good reason to be happy, as Powers showed her disdain for losing and won the girls' Division III junior race at the 27th annual Laguna Hills Invitational Saturday.