Some of the state's best community college cross-country teams will compete today in the Southern California Cross-Country Championships at Irvine Park in Orange.
The top five teams in the men's and women's divisions will advance to the state championships Nov. 21 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Also, the top 15 individuals not affiliated with the top five teams will advance as long as they place in the top 35.
In the men's division, Orange Empire Conference champion Rancho Santiago will be challenged by Grossmont, El Camino, Mt. San Antonio, Glendale, San Diego Mesa, Orange Coast and L.A. Trade Tech.
Jim Sorenson, the Orange Empire Conference individual champion, will contend for the men's individual title. Sorenson, a former 800-meter standout at Villa Park High School, probably will compete against Uriel Rivera of Long Beach, Marcial Beltran of Fullerton, John Vance of Mt. SAC, John Fedoroff of El Camino, Angel Hernandez of L.A. Trade Tech and Humberto Quintana of Glendale for the individual championship.