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ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / PREP EXTRA : PREP ROUNDUP : Murray, Nuanes Win League Titles

Santa Margarita juniors Michael Murray and Katie Nuanes won individual titles at the Sea View League cross-country finals Friday at Irvine Regional Park.

Murray’s victory also helped the Eagles to their second title in three years, capping an undefeated league dual-meet season.

Murray ran 15 minutes 1 second for the victory; Nuanes ran 17:08 to win.

The Irvine girls again edged El Toro for the team title, 54-59, after winning by only two points last fall. Santa Margarita’s boys scored 54 points, the Sea Kings 68, and El Toro 76.

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Murray took command of his race after the one-mile mark, where he shared the lead with Woodbridge senior Ross Venook.

“I just ran whatever pace until the mile, then I started my kick,” said Murray, who finished fifth in the league finals last season.

Venook finished second in 15:12, one second ahead of Eagle senior Dan Whittington. Andrew Gwin of Corona del Mar (15:18) finished fourth and Danny Lee of El Toro (15:20) fifth.

Nuanes used a strong kick to dethrone defending-champion Jessica Corbin of Irvine, who ran 17:17.

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Vaquero freshman Erin Zehntner (18:24), El Toro’s Jenny Davis (18:28) and Newport Harbor freshman Alicia McFall (18:32) finished third, fourth and fifth.


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