Ventura County Championships
When: Today, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Casitas.
Fast facts: Simi Valley Royal will attempt to win its third consecutive boys’ and girls’ titles in the 27th edition of the meet, assuming it is not postponed or canceled because of poor air quality from the Simi Valley wildfire. Royal, second in The Times’ Southland rankings, is heavily favored to win the boys’ championship. But the Highlander girls’ team will be an underdog to No. 5 Ventura. Junior Dylan Jaedtke of Royal is an overwhelming favorite to win the boys’ individual title after winning the team sweepstakes race at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational on Saturday. Katie Gose of Thousand Oaks La Reina, Lisa Novik of Agoura and defending champion Lauren Morales of Oak Park are expected to battle for the girls’ individual championship.
Sunset League Finals
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.
Where: Central Park, Huntington Beach.
Fast facts: The Anaheim Esperanza girls’ team and the Fountain Valley boys are favored to win their third consecutive titles in one of the Southern Section’s strongest leagues. Sophomore Crystal Reed of Fountain Valley is the individual favorite in the girls’ race with Esperanza teammates Candice Proctor, Dani Bree Pugmire and Joy Wilk expected to be her strongest challengers. Senior Josh Selley of Fountain Valley is favored to win the boys’ individual title.
Santa Barbara tournament
When: Today, Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Santa Barbara and Goleta Dos Pueblos highs.
Fast facts: The Santa Barbara tournament is the final showcase event of the year. It features three of the Southland’s top-ranked teams (No. 2 Manhattan Beach Mira Costa, No. 5 Newport Harbor and No. 10 Torrance Bishop Montgomery) against some of the state’s best (San Jose Archbishop Mitty, Torrey Pines and Mountain View St. Francis). The final is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Santa Barbara.