Top boys' teams: Esperanza, Saddleback, San Clemente.
Top boys' athletes: Adrian Brown (Huntington Beach, hurdles), Mike Burns (Esperanza, shotput), Kevin Carlson (Katella, high jump), Vince Church (Kennedy, long jump and triple jump), Tim Martin (San Clemente, sprints), Keith Miller (Corona del Mar, pole vault), Mark Parlin (Esperanza, shotput), Roshawn Sims (Esperanza, 400 meters), Mike Terry (El Modena, 800 meters), Ulysses Trammel (Rancho Alamitos, sprints).
Top girls' teams: Mission Viejo, Woodbridge.
Top girls' athletes: Tanja Brix (University, 3,200 meters), Beth Byron (Woodbridge, high jump), Andrea Dean (Mission Viejo, sprints), Christie Engesser (Ocean View, 800 meters), Melissa McDonald (Mater Dei, high jump and long jump), Martha Pinto (Katella, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters), Amy Robles (Woodbridge, 1,600 meters), Shelley Taylor (Edison, 800 meters and 1,600 meters), Elinor Tolson (Fountain Valley, hurdles).
Important dates: April 13--Orange County boys' championships, Rancho Santiago College; April 13--Arcadia Invitational, Arcadia High School; April 19-20--Mt. San Antonio College Relays, Walnut; April 20--Orange County girls' championships, Rancho Santiago College; May 11--Southern Section preliminaries; May 17--Section finals, Cerritos College; May 24--Masters Meet, Cerritos College; May 31-June 1--CIF State meet, Cerritos College.
Notes: Katella's Carlson, a state champion last year, is the first high jumper to clear seven feet in county history. San Clemente's Martin ran 10.68 for 100 meters last year, best in the county. Esperanza's Parlin and Sims will try to lead the Aztecs to a third consecutive 3-A championship. Mission Viejo's Dean was No. 1-ranked at 100 meters (12.36) and 200 meters (25.38) last year. Katella's Pinto was second in the state 3,200 last year and has a best of 10:42.51.