The Palos Verdes girls and boys cross-country teams, ranked No. 1 in the 4-A Division, top a field of 19 South Bay teams in the CIF-Southern Section preliminaries Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. The girls, led by Ashley Black, open defense of the 4-A title in a heat race at 10:15 a.m. They are unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state.
The Sea King boys, division runners-up last year, will compete in an 8:45 a.m. heat.
The only other South Bay team that appears to have a chance for a CIF championship is St. Bernard's girls, ranked No. 3 in 1-A. Bishop Montgomery's girls are No. 10 in 3-A.
Also in girls competition are 4-A--Hawthorne, Rolling Hills, Torrance, Mira Costa; 2-A--Redondo, Leuzinger, Miraleste.
Other South Bay boys teams are 4-A--South Torrance, Torrance; 3-A--Mira Costa; 2-A--Leuzinger, St. Bernard, Redondo, Miraleste; 1-A--South Bay Lutheran.
Juan Carlos Chavez of Hawthorne (3-A) and Althea Moses of Morningside (2-A) will compete as individuals.
Qualifiers will advance to the Southern Section finals Nov. 14 at Mt. Sac.