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Trabuco Hills boys capture title with strong effort
MISSION VIEJO – Trabuco Hills’ boys track and field team felt the pressure of competing in what is probably the toughest league in Orange County, but the Mustangs answered the bell time after time.
With top-three counterparts Dana Hills and Mission Viejo also in the South Coast League, there was never time to rest for the top-ranked Mustangs.
The Mustangs followed up their dual meet success by capturing the team title Thursday in the South Coast League Finals at Trabuco Hills High.
Trabuco Hills topped second-ranked Dana Hills, 110-98. Third-ranked Mission Viejo posted 91 points as the top three teams in the county put on a show.
“Dana Hills and Mission Viejo did not make it easy,” Mustangs coach JT Ayers said. “We talked a lot about grit, and they had it today. I would say that each and every event, our kids took it upon themselves to contribute to a team victory.”
Cameron Hurd earned victories in the 400 meters and both hurdles races to lead the Mustangs. Sean Lee won the high jump with a meet-record mark of 6 feet, 11 inches.
The Mustangs had their nervous moments. Their 400 relay team, which was the favorite, was disqualified to begin the meet.
Trabuco Hills needed someone to step up, and they got it when Gunnar Robinson provided an upset in the 800 (1:56.48), edging Dana Hills senior Jake Ogden.
Mission Viejo’s Brenden Schooler won four events, taking the 100, 200, long jump and the being part of the winning 400 relay. Diablos sophomore Luis Chavez (4:19.70) stunned many, out-kicking Dana Hills’ All-County cross country trio of Jack Landgraf (4:19.76), Mason Coppi (4:19.76), and Ogden (4:19.80) to win the 1,600.
The Diablos repeated as league champions on the girls side. It was the first time they had done so in a decade.
Mission Viejo had 130.25 points. El Toro and Trabuco Hills tied for second with 68 points.
The Diablos left little doubt they are a postseason contender.
“From the very first meet, our girls’ team put up over 100 points in every meet,” Diablos coach Chase Frazier said. “We want the chance against the best around, and looking at CIF, I think that’s us.”
Freshman Kelli Hines won the 1,600 (4:56.79) and 3,200 (10:47.37) in school-record fashion. Also winning were Hannah Duarte in the 100 hurdles, Taylor Arco in the 800 and Emma DeSilva in the discus.
Mission Viejo also swept the relays.