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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.

Moorpark looking for run at cross country title

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It may be slight, but Traycie Kephart admits there's a chance.

The Glendale College women's cross-country team has dominated the Western State Conference for the past six years, winning three state championships in that span.

But, behind sophomore Megan McNalley and freshman Karla Vernola, the Moorpark College coach is hoping the Raiders can take a step towards dethroning the dynasty at today's WSC Preview meet at Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles

"It's a pretty small chance," Kephart said. "If you look at the numbers. Everyone would have to run with 'A' game.

"But it's possible if everyone reaches their potential, but it's going to be a big team effort.
That's our goal here to eventually beat them."

Glendale edged Moorpark in the SoCal preview meet Sept. 15 in Costa Mesa and are currently ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in Southern California.

Health will be a big factor for the Raiders when the WSC Championships arrive Oct. 23 in Santa Barbara. Sophomore Rachel Naumann will rest an injury today.

Ventura, powered by sophomore Danika Galvan and freshman Sabrina Sewell, hopes to compete with Santa Barbara City for third.

"Moorpark and Glendale are going to battle," Ventura coach Tony Veney said. "Santa Barbara is really tough. They beat us by a little bit last week, so that's going to be the deal for us."

Oxnard qualified for SoCals last season as an at-large selection.

"This year, I believe our women are going to earn their way there," Oxnard coach Geno Sharp said. "If we can put together a race, collectively, I think we can finish fourth or fifth."

The Condors have added freshman Vannessa Martinez, a Rio Mesa High product, to last year's top runner, sophomore Cristal Gutierrez.

Hahn Park is a fast course that features a 600-meter climb to separate the teams.

"It looks like it will be good weather and it's a challenging course, so it'll be an interesting meet," Sharp said. "It'll be competitive."

Coaching voids

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Both Moorpark College and Ventura College are looking for new head coaches for their track and field programs.

Linda Boyan, who spent the last two seasons as the Moorpark men's track and field coach, will not return, according to athletic director Howard Davis.

Tony Veney, the head coach of the Ventura College track and field and cross country programs, will return to the NCAA Division I level next month at North Carolina A&T.

The former UCLA and Oregon assistant accepted the Greensboro, N.C. school's director of track and field programs position last week.

"It was not an easy decision," said Veney while driving through Little Rock, Ark. Wednesday. "It was very difficult for me to leave the young people who are coming back. We've had a good year. The program had a great year recruiting. Some of the coaches in the area were really buying into what we were doing.

"Unfortunately, this whole California budget thing put Ventura and myself between a rock and a hard place."

The highlights of Veney's brief tenure include Teddy Elsenbaumer's Southern California decathlon title and the rare home dual meet sweep over Moorpark, Cuesta and Canyons April 1.

"Ventura College is deeply indebted to Tony for his two years of service," said Ventura athletic director Will Cowen. "I really think he had our programs on the verge of something really special. He was an excellent teacher and excellent motivator. We wish him all the best."

Veney optimistic

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Ventura College track and field coach Tony Veney sees opportunities for all seven of his athletes to advance today to the state meet later this month.

"In a perfect world all seven have a shot," said Veney. "It'll just take varying levels of competitive effort."

Shara Longbotham has a target of 5 feet, 3 inches in the women's long jump. Benny Kirkwood, who had a clean day in last week's SoCal prelims, has a chance if he continues his clean form.

"He did really well last week because he jumped clean up to the deciding height," said Veney. "If he jumps clean again, he's got a shot."

Brianna Panapa is the No. 3 seed in the women's javelin.

"If she doesn't try too hard, she'll throw far," said Veney.

"Sometimes these kids start to press, thinking they need to put in more effort."

Elsenbaumer responds for title

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One year after a disqualification in the 400 meters kept him from the state meet, Ventura College sophomore

Teddy Elsenbaumer responded with personal bests in the long jump, shot put and discus to with the Southern California decathlon last week at Antelope Valley College.

"It was a little bit of redemption for him," said Ventura coach Tony Veney.

Ventura's first entrant in the event in 15 years, the Ventura High product scored 6,326 points, the third-highest total in school history, to win the competition and advance to the California Community College championships next month in Sacramento.

Teammate Tomek Czerwinski was Elsenbaumer's runner-up with 6,269 points.

The competition was not without drama. A timing malfunction during Elsenbaumer's 400-meter heat forced the same event in which Elsenbaumer was disqualified last year for running on the lane line to be rerun.

"It was just a testament to his toughness and his resolve," said Veney of Elsenbaumer. "The kid is very solid mentally... There was no quit in him."

Ventura makes memories on track

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As he requested volunteers for the relays, Tony Veney knew he was asking his athletes to compete in their fifth or sixth events of a hot, sunny Friday afternoon.

When the fatigued responded in droves, the first-year Ventura College track and field head coach knew the Pirates could complete a memorable double win last week at the Ventura College Sportsplex.

"Pride," said Veney. "That had a lot to do with how the meet went. Not giving an inch."

Jordan Paea won the discus (145 feet) and finished second in the shot put (47.1 feet), Derrell Brooks won the high jump (6.3 feet) and finished second in the long jump (22.3 feet) and Tirrell Brooks won the long jump (23.1 feet) and finished second in the 200 meters (22.47 seconds) as the Ventura College men's track and field team won the six-school Western State Conference meet with 198.5 points, edging Canyons (184), Cuesta (135) and traditional power Moorpark (107.5).

"We were going up against programs that have traditionally beaten us," said Veney. "They not only showed up, but they showed up strong."

Brianna Panapa swept all four throwing events -- the shot put (34.6 feet), discus (105.2 feet), javelin (119.4 feet) and hammer (103.6 feet) -- and Raquel Ormsby finished first or second in five different events as the Ventura College women's track and field team won the six-school meet with 156 points, edging Canyons (146), Moorpark (139.5) and Cuesta (103).

"For us to win that meet on the women's side with 10 scoring is a testament to how much those women have bought into what I want from them," said Veney.

Ormsby, a Ventura High product, won the 100-meter hurdles (15.41 seconds) and 400-meter hurdles (1:07.93), finished second in the 200 meters (26.99) and 400 meters (59.31) and was part of the team that finished second in the 4-x-100 meter relay.

Panapa, a St. Bonaventure High product, lifted her team with a dominant individual performance.

"It was a great job by her," said Ventura throws coach Tom Lawrence. "Since we're kind of short of numbers as a women's team, placing first in all four events was exactly what we needed."

Other notable performers included Michaela Colvin, who finished second in the long jump (16.6 feet), Shara Longbotham, who finished second in the high jump (4.9 feet) and Mayra Sahagun, who ran for her second personal record in five races in finishing third in the 800 meters (2:27.35).

For the men, Andy Petree won the triple jump (41.3 feet) and decathlete Teddy Elsenbaumer added a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (55.91), an event he has yet to practice, to his second-place finish in the high jump (6.3 feet).

"He just jumps in the race," said Veney, who also singled out distance runners Justin Booth-Ortega, Luis Guevara and Marc Martinez for grinding out 15 points in their events.

"Those guys really stepped forward."

Lawrence called the meet the "biggest combined team win" in his 13 years with the Pirates, who are certainly developing under Veney, the former Portland State head coach and UCLA and Oregon assistant.

"He's tried to change a culture here," said Lawrence. "When people take over programs it usually doesn't happen overnight, but it's been pretty quick for Tony. A lot of the credit goes to him. He's the type of guys that always has his results."

Ventura will send 14 men and five women to the Mount San Antonio College relays this weekend.

Veney, who has studied the program's history, made a phone call to former Ventura coach Tuck Mason after the meet.

"That's part of the legacy here," said Veney. He was excited that I called and I was excited to be able to call."

Veney on hire

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Ventura College men's cross country coach Tony Veney's schedule became twice as busy this week when the former Portland State head coach and UCLA and Oregon assistant was named head coach of Ventura College's track and field program.

"It's what I'm always accustomed to," said Veney Thursday. "Ever since I've started coaching, I've always been involved with a year-round process... I'm glad the situation with Ventura worked out. It makes me feel comfortable."

Veney can now begin the process of building the Pirates into a competitor. Rival Moorpark has won the past 10 WSC men's titles.

"The county has a lot of talent," said Ventura. "When I was a coach at Cal State Northridge back in the 1990s, we were constantly recruiting from this area. There's a lot of great athletes here.

"I want all of the high schools here in the county to view Ventura College as a home school. If you're not going to go a four-year school, but you want to hone your skills to eventually reach a four-year school, we want the people here to think that Ventura is going to be the best spot to ply their trade."

Veney hired at Ventura College

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Ventura College has hired Tony Veney as the head coach of its men's track and field team, the school announced Wednesday.

Already serving as the head coach of the men's cross country team, Veney is a former head coach at Portland State (2001-03) and assistant coach at UCLA (2003-09) and Oregon (1998-2001).

At UCLA, he coached 15 NCAA Division I indoor and outdoor All-Americans and six Pac-10 champions.

"We were ecstatic to add a teacher of Tony's caliber to our staff," said Ventura athletic director Will Cowen.

Veney is a USA Track and Field level I-II-III instructor and holds a Master of Coaching Certificate. He has also coached in the Paralympic Games, the Goodwill Games, the junior and senior Pan American Games

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