Sea Kings trying to make amends

CdM boys get valuable experience in tough sweepstakes races as they aim for state meet.

October 16, 2010|By Matt Szabo,
(Don Leach / Daily…)

ORANGE — The CIF State cross country meet is the year-end goal, as teams push to make it to Fresno's Woodward Park.

For the Corona del Mar High boys' team, the issue is particularly pressing. That's what happens when you miss the state meet by a single place, like the Sea Kings did last year.

And that's also why the Sea Kings took their lumps Saturday in the sweepstakes race at the Orange County Championships, held at Irvine Regional Park.

"Three of the top teams in the country are in that race," CdM Coach Bill Sumner said of Dana Hills, El Toro and race winner Trabuco Hills. "For us, we chose the sweepstakes so we could have that kind of competition that it's going to take to get us to the state meet. The boys need the experience. They don't want to miss the state meet again because they don't know how to race a big meet."


They finished 14th out of 20 teams in the sweepstakes, the top race, but their team time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and two seconds was the best of the Newport-Mesa boys teams competing. Newport Harbor's boys placed eighth in the Division II race.

CdM junior Blake Myers was the fastest local boy in the three-mile race. He finished 39th in the three-mile race in 15 minutes, 31 seconds, followed closely by senior teammate Austin Barvin (15:33) in 41st.

Seniors Alex Turney (15:54) and Derek Satterfield (16:08) placed 67th and 81st, respectively. Satterfield was an alternate but moved up to fourth position for CdM, not really surprising for Sumner as he said his team is deep.

"It's looking good for our team in CIF," Turney said. "We'll probably make state with those times, and it's still early."

Myers said he wanted to start strong, and he did just that.

"Coach told me to run top 10 for the first mile, and then after that just try to hang on," he said. "It was more of a trial-and-error race … It's OC Champs, it's not like CIF or state. You can try and do other stuff you might not always try."

Newport Harbor Coach Nowell Kay is just worried about getting his team to CIF. His first response to how his team did Saturday?

"Ehhh," Kay said. "I don't know. It was all right. You always want them to do a little bit better. We just had a few things that didn't quite go right today. We just have a few guys coming back from injury."

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