CORONA DEL MAR — The Battle of the Bay high school rivalry between Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor in track and field is unique.
"It's not like the other sports," CdM Coach Bill Sumner said. "The other sports are a little tougher."
The Back Bay schools tend to go all out against each other no matter the athletic event, just not in track and field. Sumner remembers when it used to be that intense 10 years ago.
"In the old days, what happened is doggone it alumni show up and they're all hanging on the fence here, going, 'What's going on today? How are we doing?'" Sumner said. "They show up. They want to see some results. Got to get the results."
Maybe the fans stopped showing up because one school has dominated the rivalry in recent years.
The CdM boys and girls won their respective nonleague dual meets at home on Wednesday. The boys made it three straight against Newport Harbor with a 79-48 victory and the girls prevailed, 75-56.