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Mariners win second straight CCS girls championship

Posted: Saturday, Nov 10th, 2012

The Aptos High girls cross-country team poses with the Central Coast Section trophy after winning the Division III team championship Saturday at Toro Park outside of Salinas. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

SALINAS — Amazing!

When asked about winning a second consecutive Central Coast Section cross-country championship on Saturday at Toro Park, many of the runners on the Aptos High girls squad used that word to describe their feelings.

Their performance was amazing, as three of the top five runners in the Division III race were from Aptos High. The Mariners were paced by sophomore Yulisa Abundis, who came in third with a time of 18:38.

“This proves that we are stronger than most people think, and we are getting stronger,” Abundis said after the race.

With the win, Aptos as a team will advance to the state championship meet, scheduled for Nov. 24 at Woodward Park in Fresno.

The Mariners won’t be alone.

A host of other Santa Cruz County runners advanced to the state meet.

Scotts Valley’s Vanessa Fraser won the CCS Division IV race, outdistancing San Lorenzo Valley runners Claire MacMillan and Anna Maxwell who took second and third, respectively.

It was Fraser and Maxwell with a lead of more than a minute ahead of everyone else as they came out of the backend of the course. But with about 800 meters to go, Maxwell, who had a 10 second lead on Fraser, started to break down.

Fraser passed by Maxwell and sprinted to the finish.

Meanwhile, Maxwell tried to keep going but slowed to a crawl and went down on the ground. Maxwell stayed down for a few seconds as MacMillan passed her by. She started crawling to the finish before getting up and walking the rest of the way just ahead of a couple of Menlo runners.

Soquel sophomore Kaila Gibson finished fifth, her second top-five finish in the CCS meet. Gibson, along with Maxwell, Fraser and MacMillan, will be heading to the state meet later this month.

For the complete article see the 11-13-2012 issue.

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