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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."

16 locals on All-WSC cross country team

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Sixteen local runners were honored when the All-WSC team was announced earlier this month.

Ventura duo of sophomore Luis Guevara and freshman Garrett Baker was named to the men's first team. The Moorpark trio of sophomore Andrea Barrera, freshman Megan McNally and freshman Clarissa Wentworth was named to the women's first team.

Moorpark sophomore Gabriel Guzman and freshman Julio Tellez-Vega were named to the men's second team. Moorpark sophomores Alexis Pichardo and Ashley Hamilton, Oxnard freshman Karla Leos and Ventura freshman Maria Robles were named to the women's second team.

Moorpark's Martin Arreola was among the men's honorable mention. Emily Kelly and Sujey Amarillas of Moorpark, Cristal Gutierrez of Oxnard and Victoria Olaiz of Ventura were among the women's honorable mention.

Mizrael Mendez of Glendale and Scott Fickerson of Santa Barbara City were named WSC men's Athlete and Coach of the Year. Karen Rosas of Glendale and Eddie Lopez of Glendale were named WSC women's Athlete and Coach of the Year.

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.

Petrie, Kephart earn WSC cross country honors

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Individual champion Charlie Petrie of the Moorpark College men's cross-country team was named WSC men's Runner of the Year. The Oak Christian School product won the WSC individual championship.

Moorpark College coach Traycie Kephart was named WSC Coach of the Year after guiding the Raiders to a second-place finish in the WSC Championships.

The All-Western State Conference men's cross country first team included Petrie and Justin Booth-Ortega and Cody Kempema of Ventura.

The second team included Isaac Gomez of Moorpark and Ed Ramos and Esequiel Martinez of Ventura.

The All-Western State Conference women's cross country first team included Moorpark's Nicole Rietveld, Oxnard's Zulie Jimenez and Ventura's Carissa Arce.

The second team included Andrea Barrera, Alexis Pichardo, Ashley Hamilton and Torrie Marschik of Moorpark and Jessica Serrano of Oxnard.

Click the jump for the full team.

Measuring up

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The rolling hills and natural surfaces of Woodward Park provide a measuring stick to the runners, considering the course is also the venue of the state high school championships.

"Most of our athletes have run it before in high school," said Kephart, "so it's really neat to see how they improve... It's a big honor to run in Fresno."

After a season of fair weather, the runners may be in store for a challenge in their final race.

"We've had a really nice season in regards to weather and it's supposed to be cold and rainy on Saturday," said Kephart, "so it's interesting to see how they'll compete."

Rietveld guides Moorpark runners to second

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Freshman Nicole Rietveld finished fourth overall as the Moorpark College women's cross-country team finished runner-up to defending state champion Glendale at the Western State Conference championships Tuesday afternoon at Crescenta Valley Park.

Rietveld finished the course in 19 minuters, 37.50 seconds. Teammates Andrea Barrera (15th, 20:27), Alexis Pichardo (16th, 20:43) and Ashley Hamilton (17th, 20:44) finished in a pack less than a minute later.

Carissa Arce (13th, 20:26) and Victoria Olaiz (25th, 21:47) led the Ventura women to a surprise fifth-place finish.

"To a woman, they ran tough," said Ventura coach Tony Veney.

Jessica Serrano finished 20th (20:57) for eighth-placed Oxnard.

Cody Kempema finished in sixth place (21:03) as the Ventura College men finished fourth.
"Cody ran an exceptional race," said Veney.

Arce honored as VC Student-Athlete of the Week

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Ventura freshman Carissa Arce was named the VC Student-Athlete of the Week. The cross-country runner from Oxnard High won the four-team Bakersfield Invitational Friday, finishing the 5k course in 21:12.

Arce finished 21 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Natalie Malone of Canyons, and led the Pirates to a second-place finish, its best of the season thus far.

Oxnard readies for first meet

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Oxnard College will host its first cross-country meet since 1986 this afternoon as the Western State Conference Preview meet comes to the seaside.

"I'm getting calls from the coaches," said Oxnard coach Gino Sharp. "They say they're excited to see what Oxnard looks like."

The women's race will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the men's race to follow at 4:15 p.m. Both races will begin and end in the school's track stadium.

Glendale, which has dominated the WSC by winning the last two men's titles and last five women's titles, looks like the favorite again.

"Glendale looks ever strong and they've already demonstrated that in several meets," said Sharp.

The Moorpark women, led by Simi Valley High product Nicole Rietveld, has perhaps been the best of the six local programs in the early stages.

The Raiders finished eighth in the Orange Coast Classic last weekend, with Oxnard and Ventura following at 12th and 13th, respectively.

"It's always a tough go whenever these three schools go at it," said Ventura coach Tony Veney.

Oxnard's top runners have been Channel Islands High products Pepe Hernandez and Zulie Jimenez. Cody Kempema (Buena) and Carissa Arce (Oxnard) have set the pace for the Ventura men and women, respectively.

VC, OC cross-country teams qualify for state

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Both the men's and women's cross country teams for both Oxnard College and Ventura College finished in the Top 14 at this afternoon's Southern California championships at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut.

The finishes qualified all four teams for the California Community College championships Nov. 21 in Fresno.

VC men were eighth. VC women were 12th.

OC men were 12th and OC women were 14th.

MC women finished 20th.

It all comes down to this

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A decisive few days for the fall season arrives this weekend.

Looking to defend their conference titles, the Ventura College men's and women's water polo teams will be the top seeds at this weekend's Western State Conference championships at Los Angeles Valley College.

The two teams went a combined 8-0 in WSC play. Both will face the winner of a preliminary march between host Valley and Santa Monica Friday.

The Ventura men (17-4), ranked No. 4 in the state, have won seven of its past eight games behind firepower like Spencer McGrath (52 goals, 20 assists), Mike Crowley (52 goals, 19 assists) and Tyler McClure (44 goals).

The Ventura women (16-4) have been led by the offense of sophomore Carly Clark, who has 91 goals, and the defense of sophomore Mary Dugan, who will defend high-scoring Citrus driver Meghan Turner should the two teams meet in Saturday's title game.

Turner has scored just one of her 72 goals in a pair of Ventura 13-8 wins over Citrus.

"We're pretty aware of what she can do," said Ventura coach Mary Giles. "We're really good defensively this year."

Two years after the Moorpark College women's soccer team ended cross-county rival Ventura's 10-year hole on the WSC North by clinching the title with a scoreless draw at the VC Sportsplex, the two teams will find themselves in the same place, in a similar situation Friday night at 5:30.

First-place Moorpark (13-0-3, 8-0-1) can clinch its second title in three years with a win or a draw. Second-place Ventura (13-3), 7-1) can top the table with a win.

"It's basically the same situation," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "It's one of those games when you know you have to step up and do your thing.

"It's an interesting match. We know what we have to do. We have to go and try to win the game."

Moorpark earned its advantage with a 1-0 home win over Ventura on Oct. 13.

"I think we played pretty well the first time around, we just didn't finish in front of goal," said Hoffman. "We've got to deal with their speed and they defend awfully well."

The game features two of the high-scoring attackers in the state in Ventura's Jazmarae Strozier and Moorpark's Lindsey McClellan.

Strozier, the Buena High product whose father, Clint, played football for Moorpark, leads the state with 22 goals. Moorpark does not post its statistics.

"I think we're just going to play the best we can," said McClellan. "Hopefully it all works out."

The Moorpark College women's volleyball team (14-1, 6-0), ranked No. 4 in the state, can take a two-match lead in the WSC North if it extends its conference winning streak to 19 matches Tuesday at second-place Santa Barbara City (16-2, 5-1).

Five of the six local programs qualified for Saturday's Southern California cross-country championships at the familiar hilly course at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut.

Oxnard and Ventura college, which qualified both its men's and women's teams with solid finishes at last week's WSC Championships, is aiming for the Top 14 finishes that would mean a state meet berths.

"That would be really good," said Oxnard coach Gino Sharp. "It's difficult to just send one team."

Although like many local programs, the Pirates have been stricken by illness.

"It's a hard time of the year to keep everyone healthy, especially this year," said Ventura College coach Nancy Fredrickson. "It's gone through the entire team."

Gonzalez grabs a gold

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Ventura College's Tefany Gonzalez won her first cross country meet last week at the Bakersfield Invitational.

The sophomore from Fillmore High led most of the way in gliding to victory in 19:34 on the flat, sandy course.

"Tefany pretty much led it from the first half-mile," said Ventura coach Nancy Fredrickson. "It's a good win for her."

Gabriel Solis and Miguel Reyes finished third (21.27) and fifth (21:35) on the men's side. Both the Ventura men and women finished second in the team standings.

Gonzalez and the Pirates opened WSC competition Friday at the WSC Preview Meet in Woodland Hills.

"Everyone is chasing Glendale," said Fredrickson, "but second through sixth is up in the air."

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