The Corona del Mar High girls cross country team, with all five
runners finishing in the top 20, took first place at the Clovis
invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno Saturday.
In the process, the Sea Kings set a course record, clocking in
with a time of 91 minutes, 21 seconds, smashing Sultana's 2002 mark
"I was shocked when I found out we broke the course record,
because I know the history of this course -- we've been here for the
state championships 18 years in a row," Corona del Mar Coach Bill
Sumner said. "A lot of great teams have run this course."
Corona del Mar finished with 36 points, well ahead of second-place
Buchanan (66), which defeated the Sea Kings a week ago at the
Stanford invitational. Saturday, Buchanan, the No. 1-ranked team in California, clocked in at 93:58, more than two minutes behind Corona
"When you do something this big, I don't know where you go from
here," Sumner said. "Buchanan was blowing people away. But we stuck
to our plan."
And what was this master plan?
"Our plan was to race Buchanan and pretend no one else was there,"
Sumner said. "We matched up with them toe to toe and we ran the
second half of the race like USC plays the second half of football
Annie St. Geme led the way with a second-place time of 17:24,
Sarah Cummings took fifth place at 18:10 and Shelby Buckley finished
sixth at 18:14. Rounding out Corona del Mar's top five was Allison
Damon with a ninth-place time of 18:33 and Nichole Slykhous with a
16th-place time of 19:00.
"When four girls finish in the top 10, wow," Sumner said. "I don't
know where you go from here, but we'll still strive to get better."
The Sea King boys had a stellar showing as well, taking second
place overall with 123 points, trailing only first-place Oak Ridge
Jack Turner led the way with a sixth-place time of 16:25, Tim
Scott took 13th at 16:35 and Ryan Guthrie clocked in at 16:47, good
for 25th place. Rounding out the top five was Paris Salgado with a
28th-place time of 16:52 and Brian Licorish with a 51st-place time of