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December 14, 1994 | MATT FARMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Something happened to Courtney Pugmire during the summer before her senior year. She turned into a distance runner. Through a combination of fierce desire and an unmatched work ethic, she earned The Times Orange County runner of the year honors. Known primarily as a middle-distance specialist for the Aztecs the past three years, Pugmire found previous success in cross-country (second-team all-county as a junior), but was more at home on the track.
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March 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Embassy said it has been alerted to a possible terrorist attack against this month's international cross-country championships in Kenya. The IAAF World Cross Country Championships are scheduled for March 24 in the coastal city of Mombasa. Athletes from 66 countries are expected to compete in the races, which are being held in Kenya for the first time. The embassy said it also had heard of threats by Kenya's coastal Muslim community to disrupt the races through unspecified means.
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November 24, 2002 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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December 24, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer
With Christmas being the time for giving, Bennett Duval of Los Angeles Loyola offered his fellow students one of the best presents of all last month with the sacrifice he made for the cross-country team. Duval was a 6-foot-3, 160-pound sophomore volleyball player who went out for cross-country simply to get into shape. For two weeks in August, while training with the team in Mammoth, he finished last among the 18 runners every time, causing him to ask, "Why am I doing this?" Fast forward to Nov.
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November 7, 2001 | John Ortega
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.
WORLD
March 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Embassy said it has been alerted to a possible terrorist attack against this month's international cross-country championships in Kenya. The IAAF World Cross Country Championships are scheduled for March 24 in the coastal city of Mombasa. Athletes from 66 countries are expected to compete in the races, which are being held in Kenya for the first time. The embassy said it also had heard of threats by Kenya's coastal Muslim community to disrupt the races through unspecified means.
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December 6, 1990 | KIM KUTCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Daniel Niednagel of Dana Hills High School didn't face much competition from Orange County runners this season. Sure, he was pushed in some races, but he was also first at the finish line. Niednagel, a senior who was undefeated by county runners, dominated the season, winning the Laguna Hills, Dana Hills, and Orange County invitationals. It was not that way in 1989, when Niednagel had strong competition from San Clemente's Mike Farrell.
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December 6, 1990 | KIM KUTCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last season, Edison High School's Shelley Taylor was undefeated until the state meet, where she finished seventh. A severe sinus infection ruined Taylor's near-perfect season. This year, other runners caught up with the junior before the state meet. At the Central Park Invitational Oct. 6, Katella senior Martha Pinto swept past a favored Taylor and won by 26 seconds. The loss upset Taylor, but it also motivated her and turned her season around.
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March 29, 2001 | JOHN ORTEGA
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.
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September 6, 1999 | DAN ARRITT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Northwood High School opens its doors for the first time Thursday, and already there's talk about where to hang the championship banner. That's because the girls' cross-country team, one of only two varsity sports Northwood definitely will field this season, is expected to benefit from the arrival of Coach Randy Rossi and three key runners from Irvine High's 1998 state championship team.
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November 24, 2002 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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September 22, 2002 | John Ortega
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.
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November 7, 2001 | John Ortega
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.
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March 29, 2001 | JOHN ORTEGA
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.
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December 24, 2000 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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November 21, 1999 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The look of disbelief when Anita Siraki saw the digital clock at the finish line, and the clapping of her hands above her head when her time was announced, were evidence that Hoover High junior had done something extraordinary in the Southern Section cross-country finals at Mt. San Antonio College.
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December 24, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer
With Christmas being the time for giving, Bennett Duval of Los Angeles Loyola offered his fellow students one of the best presents of all last month with the sacrifice he made for the cross-country team. Duval was a 6-foot-3, 160-pound sophomore volleyball player who went out for cross-country simply to get into shape. For two weeks in August, while training with the team in Mammoth, he finished last among the 18 runners every time, causing him to ask, "Why am I doing this?" Fast forward to Nov.
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September 22, 2002 | John Ortega
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.
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September 6, 1999 | DAN ARRITT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Northwood High School opens its doors for the first time Thursday, and already there's talk about where to hang the championship banner. That's because the girls' cross-country team, one of only two varsity sports Northwood definitely will field this season, is expected to benefit from the arrival of Coach Randy Rossi and three key runners from Irvine High's 1998 state championship team.
NEWS
May 23, 1997 | DAVE WIELENGA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Somewhere in the steel-wool hills of O'Neill Regional Park, competitors were already on the clock. Carrying maps and compasses, wearing running shoes or flexible hiking boots, swaddled in protective clothing and goggles against the prickly brush, they hurriedly searched the sun-baked landscape for checkpoints marked by orange and white nylon baggies. These people were not new to orienteering. But first-timers gathered warily in the shade of a benevolent oak.
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