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Sea Kings rule bay

High School Track & Field

Both the CdM boys and girls beat rival Newport Harbor in the nonleague dual meet.

March 14, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

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.

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Sumner cannot remember the last time his girls lost to the Sailors. It just hasn't happened much during his 29 years at CdM.

During that stretch, one thing has remained the same. The Sea Kings always dual Newport Harbor first.

"That's one thing about Battle of the Bay and doing it early, everybody knows it early," Sumner said. "So you get to come out here and see how your kids look against the guys across the bay, but it's still early, so you don't have to worry about it too much."

There is a reason why Sumner isn't overly concerned with his athletes' marks at this point in the season.

"I don't want anybody running that hard and I don't think [Newport Harbor girls' coach] Eric [Tweit] does either," Sumner said. "We don't want anybody playing that hard this early in the season. I like the level. It's like a high-level pick-up game, instead of the Final Four."

The Sea Kings scored the most points in the boys' meet, jumping and running better than the Sailors.

The throws belonged to Newport Harbor, specifically Ethan Cochran. The UC Berkeley-bound senior set personal records in the discus throw and shot put, finishing first in both events.

Cochran heaved the discus 203 feet, 10 inches, bettering his previous best by an inch. The new mark leads the nation. His previous best of 203-9, which he hit Saturday at the 33rd annual Irvine Invitational, used to be No. 1 in the country.

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