2018 Capistrano Valley XC Girls Team
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By LOU PONSI |
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).
Team Qualifiers: Claremont (1st), Canyon (2nd), San Marcos (3rd), Ventura (4th), Mira Costa (5th), Capistrano Valley (6th), Saugus (7th)
Individual Qualifiers: Erika Adler (Northwood), Valerie Almanza (Channel Islands), Claire Graves (Citrus Valley), Mikaela Ramirez (Ayala), Lora Gonzalez (Woodbridge)
Notes: State ranked number one, Claremont, executed their plan perfectly as they won the team title. Third place team, the unranked Knights of San Marcos High School caught a little bit of the Riverside magic and qualified for state, upsetting several ranked teams in the process. The once national powerhouse, Saugus had tied Channel Islands 219-219 for the final state qualifying spot. Luckily for the Centurions, they won the tiebreaker that used both teams #6 runner. Individually, unranked Elizabeth Chittenden and #3 ranked Erica Schroeder engaged in a sprint finish over the final 50 meters with Chittenden prevailing, taking home the individual title. Alyssa Bautista, who usually is the second part of Capo Valley's 1-2 punch ended up besting teammate Haley Herberg today and finished 3rd overall, first for the Cougars.
Bautista finished fourth in her Division 2 heat at the CIF-SS Prelims to help Capistrano Valley qualify for the Finals. She ran the second-fastest time among juniors at the Prelims (17:17.9) for her sixth top-five finish this season.
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|Freshman||3rd place / 13 teams|
|Sophomores||11th place / 24 teams|
|Juniors||16th place / 20 teams|
Not enough runners to place
4th place / 24 teams
|Freshman||1st place / 16 teams|
|Sophomores||2nd place / 18 teams|
|Juniors||1st place / 14 teams|
Not enough runners to place
Clovis Invitational - Girls Varsity and JV Teams
|Varsity||6th place / 33 teams (Large School Division)|
|JV||5th place / 17 teams|
|Varsity||8th place / 23 teams (Championship Race)|
|JV||3rd place / 23 teams|
|Freshman||3rd place / 21 teams|
|Sophomores||11th place / 21 teams|
|Juniors||10th place / 20 teams|
|Varsity||1st place / 23 teams D1 BIG SCHOOLS|
|Freshman||3rd place / 11 teams|
|Sophomores||6th place / 8 teams|
|JV||3rd place / 16 teams|
6th place / 11 teams SWEEPSTAKES RACE
Freshman - 2018 Sea View League Champions
|BOYS||TEAM FINISH - Sea View League|
|GIRLS||TEAM FINISH - South Coast League|
2018 CIF Prelims - 10th in heat and advancing to Finals
2018 CIF Prelims - 4th in heat and advancing to Finals
|Varsity||15th place / 24 teams|
8th place / 24 teams
|Carly||9th place individually advances to State meet|
2018 CIF Finals - 15th place
2018 CIF Finals - 8th place
|Carly||7th place finish and on the podium!|
Carly Corsinita - State Div2 7th place Finisher
CIF State Div2 Top Ten - Carly Corsinita (7th place)
Saturday, Feb 23 - Joyful Child Run led by Race Director Coach Ken Sayles (details below)
Saturday, Feb 23 - Cerebral Palsy event via Coach Matt Soto - http://osofit5k.org/