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May 22, 1989
Rayna Cervantes of Montebello High School, one of the nation's top high school distance runners, has signed a national letter of intent to attend UC Irvine in the fall, Cervantes said. Cervantes, who as a junior last year was the state runner-up in the 3,200 meters and had the second-best time in the nation in that event (10:18.8), won titles in both the 3-A 1,600 and 3,200 at the Southern Section track and field championships Saturday. She will provide a major boost to Irvine's already strong returning distance corps.
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October 30, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD
During the first year or two on the UC Irvine women's cross-country team, a runner can just run. But with experience comes responsibility, and year after year, new runners find it's their turn to run in front. It has not always been an easy role to embrace. In a tradition of outstanding runners, from Jill Harrington to Beth McGrann to Brigid Stirling to Buffy Rabbitt and now Rayna Cervantes, there has been the occasional reluctant leader.
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October 30, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD
During the first year or two on the UC Irvine women's cross-country team, a runner can just run. But with experience comes responsibility, and year after year, new runners find it's their turn to run in front. It has not always been an easy role to embrace. In a tradition of outstanding runners, from Jill Harrington to Beth McGrann to Brigid Stirling to Buffy Rabbitt and now Rayna Cervantes, there has been the occasional reluctant leader.
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May 22, 1989
Rayna Cervantes of Montebello High School, one of the nation's top high school distance runners, has signed a national letter of intent to attend UC Irvine in the fall, Cervantes said. Cervantes, who as a junior last year was the state runner-up in the 3,200 meters and had the second-best time in the nation in that event (10:18.8), won titles in both the 3-A 1,600 and 3,200 at the Southern Section track and field championships Saturday. She will provide a major boost to Irvine's already strong returning distance corps.
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November 24, 1998
UC Irvine's Christy Villa finished 29th in the NCAA Division I women's cross-country championships Monday in Lawrence, Kan. Villa, who finished in 17 minutes 33.35 seconds, made All-American. She is Irvine's first cross-country All-American since 1990, when three Anteaters--Buffy Rabbitt, Maria Akraka and Rayna Cervantes--were honored.
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November 20, 1990
UC Irvine's Buffy Rabbitt finished fourth in the NCAA women's cross-country championships Monday, leading the team to fourth place, the best finish in the program's history. Rabbitt was 25 seconds behind the winner, Villanova's Sonia O'Sullivan, whose time of 16 minutes 6 seconds on the 5,000-meter course sparked her team to the NCAA title at Knoxville, Tenn. Villanova scored 82 points, defeating second-place Providence by 90 points.
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November 17, 1991
A fifth-place finish in Saturday's NCAA Region 8 Championships in Fresno ended the season for UC Irvine's 11th-ranked women's cross-country team. Champion Oregon and runner-up Arizona earned automatic invitations to the NCAA Championships Nov. 25 in Tucson, Ariz. Third-place Washington is a likely at-large selection. UCLA was fourth. Anteater junior Rayna Cervantes was eighth, completing the 5,000-meter Woodward Park course in 17:21 and qualifying as an individual for the championships.
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November 21, 1989
Brigid Stirling and Buffy Rabbitt of UC Irvine earned All-American honors Monday at the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. women's cross-country championships Monday. Stirling, a senior, finished the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes 16.5 seconds for 24th place. Rabbitt, a junior who also earned All-American honors as a freshman in 1987, ran 17:22.52. She finished 29th. The Irvine women, who entered the meet ranked 12th in the nation, finished 10th overall.
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December 12, 1987 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
Granada Hills High School, with star Ian Alsen deciding to run with the team, instead of as an individual in the Kinney national finals at San Diego, will attempt to break Belmont's five-year hold on the City boys' cross-country title today at Pierce College. Alsen won the Kinney West Regional last week in Fresno, but the national meet conflicts with the City championship. He chose to compete on the three-mile course in Woodland Hills with Granada Hills, looking for its first title since 1976.
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November 1, 1992
The UC Irvine women's cross-country team, paced by three runners in the top five, won its fourth consecutive Big West Conference championship Saturday in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The Anteaters, who struggled in invitational meets this season, won with 48 points and Irvine Coach Vince O'Boyle shared coach-of-the-year honors with UC Santa Barbara's Jim Triplett. UCSB was third with 73 and Cal State Fullerton was fourth with 87.
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April 26, 1991
The Irvine women's distance medley relay team finished third behind Villanova and Tennessee at the Penn Relays on Thursday in Philadelphia. Rayna Cervantes, Shelly Tochluk, Maria Akraka and Buffy Rabbitt finished in 11 minutes 13.08 seconds, breaking the school record of 11:38.91 set this season at the Long Beach Relays. The former record was set by Cervantes, Tochluk, Brigid Stirling and Rabbitt. Villanova won for the 10th consecutive time at the meet with a time of 10:55.
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November 27, 1988 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Kira Jorgensen, a Rancho Buena Vista High School senior, won her second consecutive state cross-country title Saturday at Woodward Park, winning the 3.1-mile girls' Division I race in a time of 17 minutes 42 seconds. In running the fastest girls' time of the day, Jorgensen defeated Rayna Cervantes (17:50) of Montebello and last year's Division I champion, sophomore Deena Drossin (17:55) of Agoura. Last year, Jorgensen won the Division II title in 17:34.
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