Great Oak’s cross country program began its second year under coach Tammy Draughon by winning the team titles in both the boys’ and girls’ varsity Sundown Showdown races earlier this month. The Wolfpack boys’ team had five athletes in the top 30, but its top finisher was Gabriel Rodriguez (15:08.5) taking 13th overall. Kelli Gaffney led the female runners by grabbing ninth in 17:47.3, leading five athletes in the top 30 overall.
With the recent CIF Southern Section polls for the sports of cross country (compiled by PrepCalTrack.com) and boys’ water polo, here is a look at the local area teams that have cracked the rankings. The polls are managed by the CIF-SS Advisory Committees that oversee each individual sport and are up to date as of Sunday, Sept. 18.
Cross Country: Boys’ DIVISION 1
No.1 – Great Oak
Cross Country: Girls’ DIVISION 1
No. 1 – Great Oak
Cross Country: Girls’ DIVISION 5
No. 6 – Linfield Christian
Boys’ Water Polo: DIVISION 4
N0. 10 – Temecula Valley
Boys’ Water Polo: DIVISION 6
No. 1 – Hemet
Top 15: Tahquitz
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