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JASON EICHELBERGER, OCVARSITY.COM
The Brea Olinda boys cross country team claimed its fifth straight Century League title.

Corcoran ties record, Brea extends title streak

OCVARSITY.COM

ANAHIEM- In his final race before beginning an individual CIF title quest, Villa Park junior Garrett Corcoran added one more impressive accomplishment to a regular season filled with memorable moments.

Corcoran tied a course record en route to winning the individual league title at the 2012 Century League Finals Tuesday at Yorba Regional Park.
    
“I found out about this course record last year and getting it has been a goal of mine this season,” Corcoran said.
    
At the Century League preview meet earlier this season, Corcoran was passed late in the race on a well-timed closing kick by Canyon senior Austin Goins and finished second. He said that experience taught him a valuable lesson and helped him prepare for Tuesday’s race.
    
“He (Goins) out-kicked me at the Century League preview meet,” Corcoran said. “It was a learning experience for me, and even though I told myself that I didn’t want to lead any more races at the beginning, I disobeyed that rule. But I wanted that course record, and if I hadn’t taken the lead early, I wouldn’t have had a chance to get it.”
    
Early in the race, Corcoran, Goins, and Brea Olinda freshman Austin Tamagno broke away from the main pack and established a lead trio.
    
Goins took the lead from Corcoran midway into the first mile, but Corcoran battled back into the front and took a small lead into the final mile. He maintained a small advantage in the final stages of the race and sprinted across the finish line in a time of 14:29.

That time tied the course record originally set by former Orange standout Jaime Martinez in 1993.

“It was the competition that helped me run that fast and having people pushing me helped me a lot,” Corcoran said. “I was kind of doubting that I would have a chance at around the two mile mark, but I had enough left to sprint it in.”

Goins crossed the finish second in a time of 14:33, with Tamagno placing third in a time of 14:51.

Behind Tamagno’s effort, the Wildcats (32 points) placed five scoring runners in the top 15 and won their fifth consecutive league title.

“The boys have trained really hard and I told them before the race to be confident in what you could do and trust the training,” Wildcats coach Jeremy Mattern said. “We hope to keep this momentum going in CIF.”

Canyon had five runners finish in the top 20 and finished second with 54 points. Foothill (77) and Esperanza (100) rounded the top four and also earned automatic qualification into the CIF-SS preliminaries.


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