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September 6, 2013
Sage Hill Lightning League: Academy Coach: Nate Miller (14th year) Athletes to watch: Patrick Hines (Jr.); Edward Goul (Jr.); Alexis Machaca (Jr.); Cameron Knollenberg (So.); Brian Slaughter (Jr.). You should know: The Lightning were eighth at CIF Southern Section Division 5 finals last year, missing advancing to state by one place ... Sage is ranked No. 7 in the Division 5 preseason poll this fall, though Miller believes that may be a bit generous with three of the team's top five placers from CIF finals in 2012 off at college ... Knollenberg was 35th at CIF finals and Machaca was 73rd to score that day, though Miller considers Hines a clear team front-runner this season ... Slaughter, a baseball player, is new to the sport ... Other contributors include Parthiv Worah (Jr.)
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July 27, 2013
The Estancia High cross country and track and field programs will hold its annual 5K fundraiser Sunday morning at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. The cost to run in the 5K is $30 and it includes a pancake breakfast and T-shirt. There will also be a kids' 1,000-meter race, which costs $10 per runner. The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. and the kids will run afterward. - From staff reports
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November 30, 2013
Corona del Mar High senior Spencer Keith put in a lot of extra work to make it to this year's CIF State Cross Country Championships. On early Saturday afternoon at Fresno's Woodward Park, Keith put in the work to stay with the pack early in the Division 3 boys' race. He fell back a bit at the end, but still managed to finish 36th on the 5K course. Keith, the only Newport-Mesa runner to advance to state, crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 9 seconds. "We went out a little fast," said Keith, making his first state meet appearance, in a phone interview.
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August 19, 2000
Tony Altobelli COSTA MESA - The year is over, the decade is over and even the Millennium is over. For the Vanguard University men's and women's cross country teams. That fresh start couldn't have come at a fast enough. On the women's side, the Lions will be 11 runners deep with the top five seasoned with experience. Included in that mix will be senior team captain Maribel Delgado (a 5K personal-best time of 18:59.0) and three-sport standout, junior Beth Weidler (19:41)
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September 24, 1999
IRVINE - It came down to the wire, but in the end, Humberto Rojas edged teammate Mike Casillas by a step for individual honors as Estancia High posted a 15-50 drubbing of University High Thursday at Mason Park. Both Rojas and Casillas finished at 16:41, with Luis Segoviano right behind at 16:42 and Danny Bargas at 16:43 for the Eagles in their Pacific Coast League opener. On the girls side, Liz Huipe was the top Eagles runner, taking third place at 18:53, behind Charlotte Manafran (18:28)
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October 4, 1999
BAKERSFIELD - It was a clean sweep for Orange Coast College's cross country teams as the men and women took the crown at the Bakersfield Cross Country Invitational Saturday. On the women's side, the Pirates literally ran away with the title, winning by 26 points over second-place Mt. San Antonio College. Zoila Gomez maintained her dominant form, taking first place on the three-mile course with a time of 18:21, nearly a full minute ahead of teammate and runner-up Berenice Carbajal's 19:19.
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November 30, 2000
Estancia High's boys cross country team was heavily recognized on this year's All-Pacific Coast League team. Juniors Luis Segoviano and Mike Casillas, as well as sophomore Humberto Rojas, were repeat selections, while sophomores Gerardo Orozco and Aaron Van Geem were first-time choices. Corona del Mar seniors Josh Yelsey and Travis Beardslee also made the All-PCL list for the second year in a row. Also joining the group is Costa Mesa junior standout Irwin Islas.
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December 4, 2001
Several local cross country runners were recently named to the Pacific Coast All League team. Sophomore Marco Huipe of Costa Mesa and sophomore Kevin Artz of Corona del Mar were honored along with junior Geraldo Orozco, junior Abel Flores, junior Aaron Van Geem, senior Mike Casillas and junior Humberto Rojas of Estancia. The girls were paced by senior Julie Allen, junior Becky Cummings, sophomore Taryn Kawata and sophomore Ahlia Kattan from Corona del Mar. Christine Bjelland, a sophomore from Costa Mesa, and junior Diana Rosete from Estancia also earned the distinction.
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September 29, 2000
Steve Virgen LAGUNA BEACH - The Costa Mesa High boys and girls cross country teams lost its second Pacific Coast League dual meet Thursday. But, Coach Eric Davies said the team is improving. "We've got a lot of young faces. And they're starting to come into their own," Davies said. "With each race they are getting stronger." For the Mesa boys, Irwin Salas earned first place with 17:34. Mustangs sophomore Zach Powell also finished in the top-10 at 20:03.
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September 13, 1999
SAN DIEGO - Despite some rather odd happenings, Orange Coast College men's and women's cross country teams fared well in the San Diego Mesa Cross Country Invitational. The Pirate women placed 1-2-3-4 and grabbed six of the top nine spots. Zoila Gomez, last year's OCC Female Athlete of the Year, won the race, despite being directed the wrong way. The invalid directions caused her to go from first place to fifth, but she was able to make up the time and pull out the win at 20:04.
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January 7, 2014
Jeff Perkins took over as UC Irvine track and field and cross country coach on Jan. 1. Perkins, who joined the UCI staff in 2007, served the past four years as associate head coach for Vince O'Boyle, who retired Dec. 31 after 32 seasons with the 'Eaters. "I would like to thank [Athletic Director] Mike Izzi and his administration for believing in me to take over this program, and giving me the opportunity to replace a legend here at UCI in Vince O'Boyle," Perkins said. "I am looking forward to the many challenges that a head coach has to face and continuing to build on an already stellar reputation that Coach O'Boyle has set forth in the 32 years that he has led this program.
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November 30, 2013
Corona del Mar High senior Spencer Keith put in a lot of extra work to make it to this year's CIF State Cross Country Championships. On early Saturday afternoon at Fresno's Woodward Park, Keith put in the work to stay with the pack early in the Division 3 boys' race. He fell back a bit at the end, but still managed to finish 36th on the 5K course. Keith, the only Newport-Mesa runner to advance to state, crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 9 seconds. "We went out a little fast," said Keith, making his first state meet appearance, in a phone interview.
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By Steve Virgen | November 15, 2013
All CIF Southern Section cross-country runners know the path to Fresno's Woodward Park, site of the CIF State Championships, goes through the rigorous course at Mt. San Antonio College. Before even approaching the Central Valley, the local runners must do their best to conquer "Pool-Out Hill," at Mt. SAC to get that shot at Woodward Park. Corona del Mar High, Costa Mesa, Newport Harbor and Sage Hill School runners will make that attempt Saturday at the CIF Southern Section preliminaries, trying to move on to the finals again at Mt. SAC and then hopefully on to Fresno.
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November 10, 2013
UC Irvine's Isaiah Thompson has been named Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in men's cross country. Thompson was UCI's top runner and the first freshman finisher at the Big West Championship Nov. 2, finishing 13th by completing the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 3.9 seconds at the Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course in San Luis Obispo. He placed 15th at the Highlander Invitational on Oct. 19 and 21st at the Mustang Challenge Division I Invite on Sept. 21. "I'm very happy for Isaiah," UCI Coach Vince O'Boyle said.
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By Matt Szabo | October 19, 2013
ORANGE - Even for a good cross country team, running in the sweepstakes race week after week can be a drain. For the first time this year, the Newport Harbor High girls didn't qualify for a sweepstakes race. They instead raced in the varsity Division 2 race at Saturday morning's Orange County Championships. The Sailors didn't mind. They responded with their best race of the season. Newport Harbor easily won the 25-team race at Irvine Regional Park with 102 points, highlighting Back Bay athletes competing in the second day of the three-mile meet, which now runs Friday and Saturday.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 2, 2013
In the battle against complacency along the 5,000-kilometer cross country trail, the competition is not the sole buffer. There is, of course, also the matter of the stopwatch, its constant ticking a relentless measure of individual progress. And, fortunately, for the defending state champion Orange Coast College women's team, there is also the matter of perfection, a perfect score produced by placing all five scoring runners atop the rest of the field. It is this perfect score, the loftiest of all motivational measures, that continues to drive Coach Marco Ochoa's Pirates, who thus far this season are, quite frankly, running opponents into the ground.
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September 28, 2013
UC Irvine sophomore Riley Martin has been named Big West Athlete of the Week in men's cross country for the second time in as many meets this season. Martin finished second in the Mustang Challenge Division I Invite on Saturday. He covered the 8,000-meter course at Central Park in Santa Clarita in 24 minutes, 56.20 seconds to help the Anteaters finish third. Martin also won the Big West award following the season-opening UCI Invitational, in which he placed second among 102 runners.
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September 25, 2013
Vince O'Boyle, whose coaching tenure is the second longest in the history of UC Irvine athletics, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. O'Boyle is in his 32nd season as head coach of the Anteaters men's and women's cross country programs, and his 30th as director of the UCI men's and women's track & field programs after serving two seasons as an assistant track coach. During his UCI career, O'Boyle has been named Big West Conference Coach of the Year 20 times in cross country and track & field.
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September 17, 2013
UC Irvine sophomore Riley Martin was recently named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week in men's cross country. Martin placed second among 102 competitors in the Anteaters' season-opening UCI Invitational at the Anteater Recreation Center Fields Sept. 7. Martin covered the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 28.1 seconds to help the 'Eaters to a runner-up team finish. He was conference champion in the 1,500 meters in 2013. UCI returns to action Saturday at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego.
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