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High School Track & Field: CdM boys win big

Sea Kings stay undefeated in Pacific Coast League boys' dual meets with win against Woodbridge.

April 10, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Courtesy of Jim…)

CORONA DEL MAR — Last year's Pacific Coast League boys' track and field dual meet between Corona del Mar High and Woodbridge went down to the wire.

But a couple of Sea Kings didn't show up for the finish.

"It came down to the mile relay and our guys weren't even there to run. We had a couple of guys leave [the meet early]," CdM Coach Bill Sumner said. "It came down to that, but it should've never come down to that. We should've won last year. We didn't."

Sumner didn't have to worry about whether he had any runners in the 4x400-meter relay against Woodbridge on Tuesday. Long before the final race, the Sea Kings had the dual meet between undefeated league teams in the bag.

CdM's boys moved one step closer to winning the league title outright after beating Woodbridge, 84-43. Two league dual meets and the league finals remain.

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Last year, CdM was able to share the league crown with Woodbridge by claiming the league finals. Sumner doesn't see anyone catching his Sea Kings this year.

"It would be a major upset," Sumner said whether CdM's boys could lose at Irvine on Thursday. "It would be like [the] UCI [men's basketball team] beating Louisville."

While CdM's boys improved to 3-0 in league, its girls aren't perfect. Woodbridge's girls prevailed, 94-33, and the Warriors are now 3-0 in league.

"They show up [in] every event stacked, kind of like us in the boys," Sumner said of Woodbridge's girls, which finished first in 13 of the 15 events. "In the boys, we got two or three kids in every event that are pretty decent."

The Sea Kings' usual boys standout, Matt Hurst, came through.

The junior began the meet anchoring the 4x100-relay team to a first-place finish in 42.8 seconds and he won the 400 in 50.1 and 200 in 22.0.

Hurst said he wasn't feeling his best and it was understandable. He competed at the Arcadia Invitational with his 4x400 team on Saturday, when CdM recorded a time of 3 minutes 21.68 seconds in the open meet. The mark is the second best in CdM's history, behind 3:17.8.

"If it wasn't for last year, we would've had it," said Hurst, who was an alternate on last year's 4x400 team that set the school's top time in the event. "We're hoping to get there, though. It'll be close.

"We were four seconds off, but we had a couple of bad handoffs [at the Arcadia Invitational]. We can run faster."

The Sea Kings' 4x400 No. 1 mark wasn't going down on Tuesday. The team didn't even win the event against the Warriors.

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