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Orange County boys track and field top 10

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OCVarsity's Orange County boys track and field preview for the 2017 season.

ORANGE COUNTY TOP 10

1. Trabuco Hills: The Mustangs have a little bit of everything, and it’s their depth that gets them into the top spot. Trabuco Hills is very strong in sprints and distance with Sean Lee starring in the high jump.

2. Mission Viejo: The Diablos are a close No. 2 and will challenge Trabuco Hills all season in the South Coast League. Quinn Williams in the hurdles leads a strong running group, and Mission Viejo get points in the jumps.

3. Dana Hills: The Dolphins will be right in the South Coast League mix as a battle-tested group. A strong cross country season transitions to the middle and long distance runs, and Dana Hills will get its shot in the throws.

4. Woodbridge: The Warriors show depth across the board, especially in relays. Ryuya Souther will provide a boost in the distance runs, and Justin Sylvia will make a push in sprints.

5. Servite: The Friars are another team with depth, but their biggest strength is in hurdles. Seniors Ian Ward and Kyle Sandoval will be the big point-getters there.

6. Santa Margarita: Sprints and relays are where the Eagles will make their moves this season. Blake Hennesay will push hard in the hurdles, and Brett Neilon will put up strong numbers in throws.

7. Los Alamitos: The field will be where the Griffins find their greatest success. Ritchie Yukhihiro will step up on throws and a slew of jumpers can grab points for Los Alamitos.

8. Aliso Niguel: The Wolverines’ strengths lie in the middle distances and in jumps. Michael Phillippy has been tough in the 400-meter race, and Aliso Niguel gets results in the high and triple jumps.

9. Esperanza: The Aztecs have youth and, despite not having Bronson Osborn, they continue to have a strong throwing program. The young throwers and hurdlers will have to make big steps for Esperanza.

10. Tesoro: Distance is the big key for the Titans. Christian Wehrli and Bryson Crites made noise in the cross county season which could translate into big things on the track.


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