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PREP ROUNDUP : Corbin Leads No. 1 Irvine Past No. 3 El Toro

Top-ranked Irvine continued its quest to repeat as Division I State champion, defeating No. 3 El Toro, 17-38, in girls’ cross-country Thursday at Irvine High.

Irvine’s Jessica Corbin surprised no one, taking an early lead and breezing to a first-place finish. Corbin, competing in her second meet since recovering from a hip injury, finished the three-mile race in 18 minutes 1 second.

The Vaqueros (2-0) took five of the top six spots. Anna-Kaisa Niemi finished second in 18:33 and Erin Livermore took third in 18:41.

“I was thrilled with our performance,” Vaquero Coach Randy Rossi said. “I was very impressed with the way the girls ran their race.”

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Stacey Roberson was the top finisher for the Chargers (1-1), finishing fourth in 19:02.

In the boys’ race, El Toro (2-0) easily defeated Irvine (0-2), 19-44. The Chargers’ John Glover won in 16:09. Irvine’s Justin Nyberg finished right behind Glover in 16:13. The next six spots belonged to El Toro.

El Toro’s Martin Pennell, in his first race after a car accident which put him and teammate Tomas Mejia in the hospital, took fifth place in 16:27. Mejia remains hospitalized in a coma.


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