In a couple of weeks, Corona del Mar High junior Ashlee Powers will celebrate her 17th birthday.
Her cross country coach, Bill Sumner, will turn 63 on the same day, Dec. 22.
Powers can call her fellow Capricorn to wish him a happy birthday, but the call itself will be nothing new.
Powers has had Sumner on speed-dial ever since she started running for the Sea Kings.
"I'll call him several times [during] the week," Powers said. "We don't go a day without talking. I always want to know what I can do, because I really want to meet my full potential."
The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week is on her way for CdM. She just finished a successful cross country season Saturday, earning all-state honors after taking 10th place in Division III at the CIF State Championships in Fresno.
Powers said she had a bit of an off day after crossing the finish line in 18 minutes, 11 seconds. Some outside of the program might say the Sea Kings had an off year after failing to win the state title for the third straight year, but Sumner called the team's fifth-place result "fabulous."