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Boys & Girls XC Teams Win 1st Competition!!!

02/06/2021, 12:15pm PST

For the 1st time in almost 11 months, Capo Valley Cougars competed in an athletic competition!

Capo Girls Cross Country hosted the first competition among all sports on campus since March 11, 2020 as they hosted Tesoro.  The girls varsity team won a close race by a score of 27-30 with the 3 top runners Shannon Trueman, Kendra Beck & freshman Rachel Manning leading the way!  Another Freshman, Megan Beck, dominated the first race of the day winning the freshman level race easily.

The Boys team was away at Trabuco Hills and was victorious as well by the same score as the girls varsity team.  Four of the top six runners in the boys varsity race were Capo Cougars, with the Mordy brothers, Thomas & Brandon, leading the way along with Jack Stevens & Diego Vergara.

Congrats to both of our teams!  Both teams will compete at San Juan Hills HS on Saturday, Feb 20th.  Go Capo!!!


Orange County Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year: Carly Corsinita, Capistrano Valley


Capistrano Valley’s Carly Corsinita competes in the Girls Sweepstakes race, where she placed 2nd with a time of 17:11.0, during the annual Orange County Championships at Oak Canyon Park on Saturday, October 19, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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PUBLISHED: January 3, 2020 at 3:19 pm | UPDATED: January 3, 2020 at 3:19 pm

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Runner of the Year: Carly Corsinita


School: Capistrano Valley

Year: Senior

Notable: She finished fifth in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championships with a time of 17 minutes, 10.3 seconds, the fastest time of any Orange County girls runner in the CIF-SS Finals. … Corsinita was South Coast League champion. … She signed with Oregon.

Season recap: Corsinita was an outstanding runner all season, starting with her victory in the Division 2 race at the Laguna Hills Invitational in September.

But it wasn’t until December, at the Foot Locker West Regionals at Mt. SAC, that Corsinita felt like an outstanding runner.

Capistrano Valley’s Carly Corsinita (cross country) signed with Oregon on Wednesday, Nov. 13. (Photo courtesy of Capistrano Valley High)

“I went in there with a different mindset,” she said, “and I was able to keep up with girls I didn’t think I could keep up with.”

Competing in an elite field, Corsinita ran the 5K race in 17:10.2 and finished seventh.

That capped a great season for Corsinita, who is the Register’s Orange County girls cross country athlete of the year.

Her season was better than she expected. Corsinita rehabbed all summer from a painful foot injury.

“I bounced back by the Clovis Invitational with a strong performance (she finished 10th in the meet’s elite race at 17:49.9),” she said, “and I ran well at the Orange County Championships (finishing second to San Clemente standout Hana Catsimanes). I ran well on courses that I usually find difficult, the ones with hills and tough terrain, and I was happy with the way I handled those.”

Cross country is mostly an individual sport with some team aspects to it. For Corsinita, the team aspects were among the more enjoyable aspects of the 2019 season.

“Our team has never been closer,” she said. “We all spent so much time together and that helps us become more of a team and more unified.”


Capistrano Valley’s Corsinita, Santa Ana’s Palacios and Hernandez prevail at Laguna Hills Invitational


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PUBLISHED: September 14, 2019 at 5:28 pm | UPDATED: September 14, 2019 at 5:42 pm

LAGUNA HILLS — Capistrano Valley senior Carly Corsinita didn’t want any surprises going into the Laguna Hills Invitational on Saturday at Laguna Hills High School.

Corsinita walked the 3-mile course several days before the actual meet, taking mental notes to help plan her race strategy.

The extra preparation paid off.


Corsinita took the lead early and went on to win the girls Division 2 Senior race in 18 minutes, 59.4 seconds, which was 22 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Katie Farr of Foothill.

Capistrano Valley runner Carly Corsinita won the girls Division 2 Senior race at the Laguna Hills Invitational on Saturday. She finished in 18:59.4. (Photo by Lou Ponsi)

“I know this course is not one to mess around with,” said Corsinita, who finished second at the invitational last year. “The hills, the terrain, the fact that the hill is not an asphalt hill. It’s definitely rocky. There are plenty of variables there.”

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One variable was the temperature, which was well above 90 degrees for the junior and senior races that took place later in the morning, keeping times a bit slower than usual.

“It’s a good, fair race course,” St. Margaret’s coach Pat Ben Bendzick said. “You go to places like Woodbridge and Cool Breeze (invitationals) and they’re just artificially fast. So the kids need a little bit of a reality check . . . It’s a little bit of precursor to Mt. SAC and Clovis for us.”

The Tartans are the defending CIF SS Division 5 champions and Division 5 state champions, but they have lost some of their top runners to graduation. Two top-tier runners, Jackson Adelman and Calvin Capelle, are back, and they finished first and second, respectively, in the boys Division 3 Junior race.

St. Margaret’s Kat Collier and Madye Arundale took second and third, respectively, in the Division 3 Junior girls race.

“When we split up into age groups, we don’t have a ton of depth,” Bendzick said. “But our kids are winning their division races, and when you piece it all together, that varsity seven looked pretty strong for us today.”

Santa Ana had a pair of first-place finishers with Brandon Palacios winning the boys Division 1 Junior race and Maria Hernandez capturing the girls Division 1 Senior race.

“It was challenging,” said Palacios, who won at Laguna Hills for the second year in a row. “I wasn’t as prepared as last year. I just had to focus on the team. It wasn’t about me anymore.”

An injury prevented Aliso Niguel’s Emily Richards from finishing her race at Laguna Hills in 2018, but Richards won the girls Division 1 Junior race Saturday in 18:43.5.

“I just wanted to get out fast and hold my position, and if anyone came up, I was just going to try and kick in and stay in the front and keep pushing,” said Richards, who also won at Laguna Hills as a freshman. “I take a lot better care of my body … icing and rolling and watching my mileage. I’m really looking forward to having a great season.”

Other county winners included Pacifica’s Shea Smith (boys Division 3 Senior race), Capistrano Valley’s Thomas Mordy (boys Division 2 Junior race) and Audrey Landis of Northwood (girls Division 2 Junior race).