December 22, 2002 |
Individual accolades were plentiful for junior Liza Pasciuto of Murrieta Valley during cross-country season. But it was a desire to lead Murrieta Valley to its first Southern Section and state Division I championships, not to add to her already impressive running resume, that motivated Pasciuto to excel. Yes, she was pleased to win her first section championship and second consecutive Inland Empire Challenge title.
November 24, 2002 |
Since the state cross-country championships began in 1987, no City Section runner has won an individual title. That could change next weekend, when Manuel Ruiz of North Hills Monroe High makes his run at history and tries to continue a story line that reads like a Disney movie. Two years ago, Ruiz arrived from Mexico to live with his brother. He spoke little English and had never engaged in any running except for racing to catch the bus in Mexico City. Basketball was his sport.
September 22, 2002 |
Juniors Michael Haddan of Irvine Woodbridge and Liza Pasciuto of Murrieta Valley had the top individual boys' and girls' times in the Woodbridge Invitational cross-country meet on Saturday. Haddan, defending state champion in the 800 meters, outkicked Babey Wagnew of La Mesa Helix to win the Division II junior boys' race with a 14-minute 25-second clocking over the flat three-mile course.
November 7, 2001 |
The UC Santa Barbara men's cross-country team is ranked 13th in the latest NCAA Division I poll heading into the West region championships Saturday at Randolph Golf Course-North in Tucson, but only one of its top seven runners was a standout in high school. Senior Aaron Sharp, Santa Barbara's No. 5 runner, was a state Division V cross-country champion at Oxnard Santa Clara High and placed ninth in the 3,200 meters in the 1998 state track championships.
March 29, 2001 |
It's much easier to push yourself in workouts when you're training with a group than by yourself. Jaclyn Pedersen of Royal High knows that firsthand. The outgoing Pedersen was among the top distance runners in Ventura County since her freshman cross-country season in 1997.
December 24, 2000 |
Less equaled more for Mark Nevers of Oak Park High during the cross-country season. Nevers, a senior, ran only eight races, five fewer than he did a year ago. But the lighter load allowed him to train harder during the first two months of the season, leading to better performances in the final month. "It made a big difference," Nevers said. "I ran about 35 miles a week during the middle of the season last year and that was up to about 55 this year."