Southern California entries are expected to do well today in the first state high school cross-country meet, to be run at Woodward Park in Fresno.
If the Division I races follow form, Palos Verdes High School will win the girls' title and Arroyo of El Monte the boys'.
The individual races, however, are not so clearly defined, with the girls' especially interesting because of a rematch of a race from the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational Oct. 24. Junior Kira Jorgensen of the San Diego Section's Rancho Buena Vista beat freshman Deena Drossin of Agoura on a record-setting day for both. That was Drossin's only loss in three years.
Drossin, who set the freshman course record at Mt. SAC in her second-place finish, won the Southern Section 2-A title Nov. 14 and is one of five individuals from three divisions who qualified from the section for the state meet.
Five teams also advanced, with Palos Verdes, Newport Harbor of Newport Beach, Woodbridge of Irvine and Maranatha of Sierra Madre qualifying in the boys' and girls' races.