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October 15, 2002|--John Ortega


Long Beach Poly jumps from fourth to first after winning the championship race of the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday. The Jackrabbits had an impressive 16-second gap between their No. 1 and 5 runners while defeating runner-up Canyon Country Canyon, 93-163. Dana Hills, the preseason No. 1, drops to eighth as top runner Tyler Kastorff missed his third consecutive meet because of back spasms.

Rank School (Section-Division)...Last Week



1. Long Beach Poly (SS-Division I)...4

2. Orange (SS-Division II)...1

3. Loyola (SS-Division I)...2

4. Barstow (SS-Division III)...5

5. Canyon Country Canyon (SS-Division I)...6

6. Murrieta Valley (SS-Division I)...7

7. Royal (SS-Division I)...8

8. Dana Hills (SS-Division I)...3

9. Don Lugo (SS-Division I)...NR

10. Katella (SS-Division II)...10



Hesperia Sultana moves from second to first after defeating No. 3 Murrieta Valley, 27-32, in the sweepstakes race of the Inland Empire Challenge at Cucamoga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Saturday. Ventura makes its debut at No. 7 after winning the large-schools race of the Clovis Invitational with a performance that would have placed the Cougars second in the championship race behind Canyon Country Canyon.

Rank School (Section-Division)...Last Week

1. Sultana (SS-Division II)...2

2. Thousand Oaks (SS-Division I)...1

3. Murrieta Valley (SS-Division I)...3

4. Canyon Country Canyon (SS-Division I)...4

5. Esperanza (SS-Division I)...5

6. Fountain Valley (SS-Division I)...6

7. Ventura (SS-Division II)...NR

8. Dana Hills (SS-Division I)...NR

9. Long Beach Wilson (SS-Division I)...8

10. Ayala (SS-Division I)...7



Long Beach Wilson solidified its hold on the No. 1 spot when the Bruins became the first team to break 200 this season in a 193-241 victory over Long Beach Poly. Freshman Kimberly Punyatsuvatsut paced Wilson's impressive round at par-38 Recreation Park with a four-under-par 34. Collette Lowe and Annika Windon led Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula to victory at the DeBell Tournament in Burbank..

Rank School (Record, Section-League)...Last Week

1. Long Beach Wilson (9-0, SS-Moore)...1

2. Peninsula (7-0, SS-Bay)...2

3. Dos Pueblos (8-0, SS-Channel)...3

4. Camarillo (7-0, SS-Pacific View)...4

5. Palm Desert (10-0, SS-Desert Valley)...5

6. Esperanza (8-0, SS-Sunset)...6

7. San Clemente (5-1, SS-South Coast)...7

8. Rosary (8-1, SS-Serra)...8

9. Marina (9-0, SS-Sunset)...10

10. South Torrance (10-0, SS-Bay)...NR



Palm Desert takes over the top spot after Corona del Mar failed to capitalize on three key set points and lost to Irvine University, 11-7. Corona del Mar has played a tougher schedule than Palm Desert and did not have senior standout Anne Yelsey, who has an injured knee, so the shakeup at the top could be temporary. Calabasas fell to Santa Barbara on games while short-handed, but won't slide yet. Then again, No. 6 Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula plays No. 4 Dana Hills and No. 9 Irvine University takes on No. 8 Laguna Beach this week.

Rank School (Record, Section-Div.)...Last Week

1. Palm Desert (8-0, SS-Division II)...2

2. Corona del Mar (7-2, SS-Division I)...1

3. Beverly Hills (8-0, SS-Division I)...3

4. Dana Hills (7-1, SS-Division I)...4

5. Calabasas (10-2, SS-Division I)...5

6. Peninsula (9-1, SS-Division I)...6

7. Woodbridge (9-3, SS-Division I)...7

8. Irvine University (9-2, SS-Division I)...9

9. Laguna Beach (7-3, SS-Division I)...8

10. Troy (7-3, SS-Division II)...10



Finally, some movement in the rankings, thanks to a trio of five-game matches. Anaheim Esperanza defeated Los Alamitos with a fifth-game score of 16-14, and Mater Dei defeated Marymount with a fifth-game score of 15-10. Also, Aliso Niguel upset Newport Harbor with a fifth-game score of 15-11.

Rank School (Record, Section-Div.)...Last Week

1. Long Beach Wilson (18-1, SS-Division I-AA)...1

2. Mira Costa (12-2, SS-Division I-A)...4

3. Esperanza (18-2, SS-Division I-AA)...5

4. Mater Dei (14-7, SS-Division II-A)...7

5. Marymount (12-3, SS-Division IV-AA)...2

6. Los Alamitos (16-7, SS-Division I-AA)...3

7. Newport Harbor (11-3, SS-Division II-AA)...6

8. Bishop Montgomery (13-6, SS-Division III-A)...8

9. St. Margaret's (10-2, SS-Division IV-A)...9

10. Capistrano Valley (15-2, SS-Division I-A)...10



Long Beach Wilson defeated Harvard-Westlake, 10-7, on Saturday in the championship game of the S&R Sport Cup at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. The Wolverines move into the No. 2 spot, while Anaheim Servite, playing without Adam Hewko, who was attending a U.S. Swimming training session in Colorado Springs, finished fifth and falls to No. 3. El Toro moves up after knocking off Corona del Mar, 11-7, in a nonleague game. The Sea Kings regrouped to beat Foothill and Newport Harbor in the S&R Cup and finish third.

Rank School (Record, Section-Div.)...Last Week

1. Long Beach Wilson (14-0, SS-Division I)...1

2. Harvard-Westlake (13-1, SS-Division I)...3

3. Servite (11-2, SS-Division II)...2

4. El Toro (12-4, SS-Division I)...6

5. Corona del Mar (11-5, SS-Division I)...5

6. Newport Harbor (9-5, SS-Division I)...4

7. Foothill (9-6, SS, Division I)...7

8. Riverside Poly (14-1, SS, Division V)...8

9. Laguna Beach (12-3, SS, Division I)...9

10. South Pasadena (12-3, SS, Division III)...10

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