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Boys track preview: O.C. top 10
The Register’s boys track and field season-opening top 10.
O.C. TOP 10
1. Dana Hills: All-County cross country runners Mason Coppi, Jake Ogden and Jack Landgraf give the Dolphins the deepest distance corps in the county. Dana Hills was just 2½ points behind Woodbridge for the O.C. Championships title last year, and it wasn’t hurt much by graduation. Charlie Kappes is a first-rate triple jumper.
2. Woodbridge: Warriors coach Aaron Craver made it his goal last year to attack the rest of the field through the sprints, and it resulted in a county title and a CIF-SS Division 2 championship. With several key graduations, Alex Young will be asked to lead the next group of promising runners.
3. Los Alamitos: The Griffins seeks their fourth consecutive Sunset League title. They are led by Thomas Heib, who placed seventh in the 800 meters at the state meet as a junior.
4. Trabuco Hills: Sophomore Sean Lee is the class of the county in the high jump, and the same might be said for Cameron Hurd in the hurdles. Pole vaulter Chris Doerr also returns.
5. Esperanza: Aztecs throws coach Bill Pendleton has produced a tremendous group of powerful throwers. Bronson Osborn set the county shot put record with a 70-foot heave to start the season. He is joined by Jordan Ammann and Clint Meyer.
6. Santa Margarita: If the Eagles are going to do damage, it will be done on the track. Santa Margarita is confident in its relay teams. Maxx Lewis and Blake Hennessay are the lead sprinters.
7. Mission Viejo: Chase Frazier takes over the Diablos boys team, and he hopes to start off with a South Coast League title. That’s a tough task in a league that includes Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills, but there’s intrigue as football stars Brenden and Colin Schooler join the team.
8. Mater Dei: The Monarchs are very young, especially in the jumps. They will lean heavily on Stephen Menzia and Xavier Bell to score in the short sprints.
9. Servite: A young Friars team showed promise on the track last year. Led by hurdler Ian Ward and pole vaulter Landon Shank, Servite looks to take another step forward.
10. Tesoro: The headliner of the team is senior Michael Mitchell, who is one of the favorites to take the county title in the long jump. The Titans are also competitive in the distance events with Carter Christman and Ryan Bush.
Also receiving votes: Brea Olinda, JSerra, Aliso Niguel
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