WALNUT — Rain or shine, Ashlee Powers prepared to run the hills at Mt. San Antonio College. The course changed once she and her Corona del Mar High girls' cross country team arrived early Saturday morning for the big race.
"We actually were going to park and they told us we can't park there," said Powers, who learned the parking lot turned into part of the course at the CIF Southern Section championships.
Constant rain altered the usually challenging three-mile race, making it slicker, flatter and longer.
Powers' game plan changed and she was not happy about it. The only uphill battle for her now was to get over the fact that she would not be running up any hills, mostly on asphalt.
The junior refocused and finished the 5K race in fourth place in 18 minutes, 41 seconds, leading the Sea Kings to a third-place finish in the Division III event.