The boys’ Great Oak cross country team ranks No. 1 in the recent CIF Southern Section Division 1 polls and captured the team title at the Sundown Showdown races earlier this month. Valley News/Runnerspace photo

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

The girls’ Great Oak cross country team ranks No. 1 in the recent CIF Southern Section Division 1 polls and won the team title at the Sundown Showdown races in early September. Valley News/Runnerspace photo

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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JP Raineri can be reached by email at jp@reedermedia.com.