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1996 PREP PREVIEW

Girls' Cross-Country at a Glance

September 06, 1996

Top runners: Kim Bates, Los Alamitos, Jr.; Leslie Burton, El Modena, Jr.; Lindsay Buwalda, Laguna Beach, Sr.; Jennifer Crobbe, Edison, Sr.; Heather Cuthbertson, Marina, Jr.; Jessica Dahlberg, El Modena, Jr.; Katherine Duque, El Toro, Sr.; Christa Fitzgerald, Dana Hills, Jr.; Heather Garritson, Buena Park, Jr.; Kim Green, Huntington Beach, So.; Kristin Groncy, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Vanessa Jamieson, Corona del Mar, Sr.; Katie Kennedy, El Modena, Jr.; Laura Kroninger, Dana Hills, Sr.; Sydney Leonard, Dana Hills, Sr.; Melissa Livermore, Irvine, So.; Allyson Marquand, University, So.; Megan McLeod, Trabuco Hills, Sr.; Alicia McFall, Newport Harbor, So.; Karen Mitchell, Esperanza, Sr.; Jennifer Morgan, Corona del Mar, Sr.; Katie Nuanes, Santa Margarita, Sr.; Dani Rope, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Jennifer Spahr, Marina, Sr.; Jamie Swarberg, Newport Harbor, Jr.; Brooke Thomas, Laguna Hills, So.; Misha Wilson, University, Sr.; Stacey Young, Pacifica, Sr.; Erin Zehntner, Irvine, So.

League favorites: Arrowhead: Riverside Sherman Indian; Century: El Modena; Empire: Katella; Freeway: Sunny Hills; Garden Grove: Pacifica; Golden West: Saddleback; Olympic: Orange Lutheran; Orange: Brea Olinda; Pacific Coast: University; Prep: Pasadena Poly; Sea View: Irvine; South Coast: Dana Hills; Sunset: Esperanza.

1995 final poll: 1. Dana Hills; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Irvine; 4. Foothill; 5. Fountain Valley; 6. El Toro; 7. El Modena; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Corona del Mar; 10. Trabuco Hills.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday September 7, 1996 Orange County Edition Sports Part C Page 14 Sports Desk 2 inches; 44 words Type of Material: Correction
Girls' cross-country--A story in Friday's Times Orange County listed incorrect dates for playoff competition. The correct dates: Southern Section preliminaries, Nov. 16; Southern Section finals, Nov. 23; state meet, Nov. 30; Foot Locker Western Regional, Dec. 7; Foot Locker National Championships, Dec. 14.

1996 preseason poll: 1. Dana Hills; 2. Esperanza; 3. El Modena; 4. Irvine; 5. University; 6. Newport Harbor; 7. Foothill; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Corona del Mar; 10. Mission Viejo.

Key dates: Laguna Hills Invitational, Sept. 14; Woodbridge Invitational, Sept. 21; Dana Hills Invitational, Sept. 28; Brea Olinda Invitational, Oct. 5; Central Park Invitational, Oct. 12; Orange County Championships, Oct. 19; Mt. San Antonio Invitational, Oct. 26; Southern Section preliminaries, Nov. 9; Southern Section finals, Nov. 16; CIF State Meet, Nov. 23; Foot Locker Western Regional, Nov. 30; Foot Locker National Championships, Dec. 7.

Notes: Foothill upset El Modena in the Century League finals last year ago and returns a strong team. . . . Heather Garritson is the class runner of North County. Look for the Buena Park junior to be a major player again this season. . . . Sunny Hills, led by senior Allison Kulak, enters the season as the Freeway League favorite. . . . Corona del Mar will again be strong with Jennifer Morgan and Vanessa Jamieson giving the Sea Kings a solid 1-2 punch.

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