Cross country: Strong day for Marina at Woodbridge Invitational

September 21st, 2013, 2:15 am ·


The Marina girls cross country team finished with the second fastest overall team time on the first day of competition at the 2013 Woodbridge/Estancia/Costa Mesa Invitational Friday at Estancia High.

The Vikings, ranked No. 5 in the county heading into the meet, finished with an overall team time of 91 minutes and 44 seconds.

Senior Eileen Stressling paced Marina’s effort, finishing second in the Red Division 3 B race in a time of 17:36. That time was tied for the second fastest among all runners who competed on Friday.

Huntington Beach sophomore Cassie Durgy placed fourth in the same race in a time of 17:41, the sixth fastest time among all of Friday’s runners (fastest among all sophomores).

Vikings sophomores Erin Nighswonger (17:57) and Madeline Fox (18:04) were fifth and sixth respectively.

Esperanza (93:13) had the fifth best overall team time of the night, led by senior Danielle Oden (18:13) who was third in the Red Division A race.

Laguna Hills (93:57) was eighth and Segerstrom (94:14) was 10th.

On the boys’ side, No. 7 Marina (78:37) had the fastest team time among all county teams and the fourth fastest overall.

Huntington Beach was fifth with a time of 78:39. Oilers junior George Gleason (14:53) posted Friday’s second fastest individual time.

Santiago’s Oscar Salas and Loara’s Enrique Serna were each credited with a time of 15:08, tied for the fourth best time of the day.

Saturday’s racing gets underway at 4 p.m. The featured races of the invitational (the girls and boys rated races and the boys and girls sweepstakes races) get underway at 8:54 p.m.

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