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HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY : Unranked Thousand Oaks Upends Hart

October 15, 1989|MIKE GLAZE and In another meet: and Fountain Valley-Huntington Beach Invitational--Agoura's Bryan Dameworth, the two-time defending state Division I champion, led his team to an invitational title with a winning effort at Fountain Valley. The Chargers finished with 35 points, beating out Huntington Beach, which tallied 85, and El Dorado, which finished with 96. and Dameworth covered the two-mile course in 13:56. Agoura's Quentin Bauer took second place overall with a time of 14:43.

The Thousand Oaks High boys' cross-country team, unranked in the Southern Section 4-A Division, stunned Hart, ranked No. 1 in the 3-A, Saturday in the Palos Verdes Invitational.

The Lancers, who lost to Marmonte League rival Westlake two weeks ago in a dual meet, combined for an 86-minute, 33-second team time for their top five runners to edge Hart, which totaled 86:39, in the meet at Palos Verdes High.

The result was a pleasant surprise for Lancer Coach Jim Dunlap.

"I was on Cloud 17," he said. "I didn't really think we would do this well. This was completely unexpected."

Thousand Oaks was led by junior Greg Hurlock, who finished first in the race among each team's No. 3 runners. Hurlock clocked 12:02 on the hilly, 2.2-mile course.

Junior Erik Spayde (11:45) and sophomore Sean Patrick (12:09) also helped the Lancers with sixth-place finishes in the No. 2- and No. 3-man races.

Hart junior Billy Dixon won the No. 2-man race in 11:51. Keith Grossman (12:23) was fifth for the Indians in the third-runner competition and senior Steve Lepken finished eighth in the race among the No. 1 runners.

Palos Verdes finished third in 87:03 and Westlake, led by No. 3 runner Keith Johnson's second-place effort (12:10), combined for a 90:05 team time, good for sixth.

In the girls' competition, Westlake's Jeannie Rothman (13:39) outlasted Erica Sunni (13:40) of Long Beach Wilson to win the No. 1-runner race.

The Warriors (106:47) finished third in the team standings behind two-time defending state Division I champion Palos Verdes (101:51) and San Diego's Mt. Carmel (102:42).

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