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PRs meaningful at Mt. SAC

CdM girls, Newport Harbor girls, Keith, Bermudez, Magana qualify for next week's finals.

November 16, 2013

When it comes to the CIF Southern Section Cross Country preliminaries it's all about achieving personal-best times and the Corona del Mar High girls did just that Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.

The Sea Kings' top six girls achieved personal records, Coach Bill Sumner said, as they qualified for next week's finals, also at Mt. SAC, one step closer to the CIF State Championships.

The Newport Harbor girls also qualified for the finals, as did CdM senior Spencer Keith and Costa Mesa senior Brett Bermudez and junior Anuare Magana. Keith tied a school record, finishing second in his Division 3 heat, in 15 minutes, 24 seconds, set in 1994 by Brian Slingsby, Sumner said.

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The CdM girls (88 points) finished second in their Division 3 heat that La Puente Bishop Amat (80) won.

Freshman Raquel Powers led the way, finishing eighth in 18:33. Sophomore Lilly Schmidt (12th in 18:51), junior Kirsten Hansen (21st in 19:19), junior Elin Wolker (25th in 19:29), senior Ellen Naruse (28th in 19:33) and junior Tess St. Geme (33rd in 19:40) also finished with personal-best times.

Sophomore Jacqueline Choe usually finishes as CdM's No. 2 or 3 runner, Sumner said, but she nearly fell down and struggled to recover. She'll want to bounce back next week, Sumner said, to help the Sea Kings finish among the top seven in Division 3 to advance to Fresno's Woodward Park, site of the CIF State Championships.

With such a young team – just one senior – Sumner knows that if the girls make it to the state meet that will only set expectations even higher for next year.

"The girls have their eyes on state," Sumner said.

The Newport Harbor girls have the strength to join them. The Sailors (90 points) finished third in their Division 2 heat that Santa Clarita Saugus (44) won.

Erin Barth led Newport Harbor with a fifth-place finish in 18:21. Emily Bacon (10th in 18:42), Ashley Ima (22nd in 19:17), Katelyn Mead (28th in 19:34), Leah Van Dyke (33rd in 19:45), Grace Clemence (36th in 19:49) and Lauren Loucks (59th in 20:58) also contributed for the Sailors.

Bermudez finished eighth in his Division 4 heat in 16:05, and Magana followed in ninth in 16:15 to move on to next week.

Freshman Francisco Ruiz (58th in 17:45), junior Andres Avelar (68th in 18:04) and junior Jayson Baker (79th in 18:31) also competed for Costa Mesa, which finished ninth in the heat that Crean Lutheran won.

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