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McNally a frontrunner for Moorpark XC

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Megan McNally learned her role running behind Liberty Miller and Sarah Baxter at Simi Valley High.

So now that the sophomore has developed into the Moorpark College women's cross country team's frontrunner, she knows why it's so important for her to perform Saturday morning at the California Community College Athletic Association championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

"You could always count on them being up there," said McNally of Miller and Baxter. "That's kind of what I feel like I have to do, always be there for my team."

McNally has been an ever-present for the Raiders this fall, repeatedly battling with Glendale's Grace Graham-Zamudio and Santa Barbara's Cecilia Instebo in the biggest races.

McNally, freshman Karla Vernola and sophomore Clarissa Wentworth have Moorpark, which finished second at WSCs and third at SoCals, in position to improve on last year's sixth-place state finish.

"We don't want to put too much pressure on ourselves," Vernola said, "but, at the same time, we know what needs to be done."

Orange Coast is the big favorite, but Moorpark will be competing with Glendale, DeAnza, Cerritos and others for a top-5 finish.

"It's always more fun to be the underdog," Vernola said.

"We just want to go in there and give it the best effort we can," McNally added. "Hopefully, it's second."

Ventura, which finished 12th at SoCals behind Danica Galvan's 26th-place finish, and Oxnard, which finished 20th behind Vannessa Martinez's 44th-place finish, will also be competing in Fresno.

"We all seem like we're ready to take on the challenge," Galvan said. "We're going to go up there and leave everything on the course."

Racing weather for SoCals

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Conditions for Saturday's Southern California cross country championships should be much more conducive to running than the last time the teams gathered at Fairfield Park in Costa Mesa.

The temperatures, which are expected to be in the high 60s Saturday, approached triple digits during the SoCal Preview meet Sept. 15.

"Twenty people ended up going to the hospital," Moorpark coach Traycie Kephart said. "This should be much better."

All three local women's teams, Moorpark, Ventura and Oxnard, qualified for SoCals by finishing in the Top 6 at the WSC Championships. All three are aiming to qualify for the state championships, which is Nov. 17 in Fresno.

Moorpark, behind sophomore Megan McNally's third-place finish, was third at the preview event, behind favorite Orange Coast and defending state champion Glendale.

"I think everybody's healthy," Kephart said. "They seem ready... They're very positive and upbeat."

Ventura's Danika Galvan, who finished 22nd at the preview, has recovered from a kidney infection that kept her from running for two weeks last month.

"I think we're healthy," Ventura coach Tony Veney said. "We're pretty well rested... I just need one more solid race."

Oxnard, which finished 20th at the preview, needs to finish at least two places better to qualify for Fresno.

"We have to do some headhunting," Oxnard coach Geno Sharp said.

Oxnard's Andy Chavarin is the lone local male qualifier for the event.

Three Raiders named Academic All-State

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Three Moorpark College women's cross country runners earned places on the 2011 CCCAA Academic All-State cross-country team, which was released this week.

Hayley Moore, Clarissa Wentworth and Emily Kelly were honored. Nominees must have completed a minimum of 24 units with a minimum 3.2 GPA.

All three are sophomores on this year's team. Moore is a Simi Valley High product. Wentworth is a Newbury Park High product. Kelly is from Avon, Conn.

This week's polls

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The first-place Ventura College football team (6-0) stayed steady this week at No. 2 in Southern California, No. 4 in the state and No. 6 in the JCFootball.com national poll.

Last week's impressive display rocketed the first-place Oxnard College men's soccer team (9-2-1) up to No. 3 in Southern California and No. 5 in the state. The Condors, who haven't conceded in its last nine hours of WSC play, held steady at No. 14 in the NSCAA national coaches' poll.

The Moorpark College women's cross country team, which finished second in Friday's WSC Preview meet, is ranked No. 3 in Southern California. Ventura is No. 12.

Raiders prepping for state meet

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The Moorpark College women's cross country team finished sixth in Southern California Nov. 4 and are hoping to finish at least that high Saturday at the California Community College championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

"You never know," said coach Traycie Kephart.

Last year, the Raiders, spurred on by freshman Andrea Barrera, saved their best performance for last and finished a surprising sixth. Barrera, now the Raiders' top runner, is aiming for a Top 15 finish,

"We're hoping to continue that this year," said Kephart. "They've been running really well at practice, which is really nice... We'll see. It's fun to see how we can continue to improve."

Condors earn SoCals berth

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The Oxnard College women's cross country team earned one of two at-large berths into Friday's Southern California championships at Guasti Park in Ontario.

The Top 7 in the WSC earn automatic berths. Oxnard finished eighth behind Rio Mesa High product Karla Leos (18th) and Hueneme High product Cristal Gutierrez (36th), but did finish 22nd out of 34 teams on the course at the SoCal Preview last month.

"That must have been one of the considerations," said Oxnard coach Gino Sharp.
Despite being the last team into the meet, Sharp isn't settling for 28th place.

"We may be ranked last, but we're going to go out there and compete," said Sharp. "I've got my eye on several schools that we can pass."

The Condors join the Moorpark and Ventura men's and women's teams at regionals, as well as Oxnard sophomore Pepe Hernandez, who earned an individual berth.

There is a chance for some weather on the flat grass and dirt course.

"It could be wet and fun," said Sharp.

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Ventura County Star sports writer and columnist Joe Curley covers college sports and soccer for this Star. This is the place to click for local college football and basketball coverage, including USC, UCLA, Moorpark College, Ventura College and Cal Lutheran.

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