Mission Prep standout Annie Mooney, and San Luis Obispo’s Christine Hoffman led the way for county athletes at the CIF-Southern Section cross country finals Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.
Mooney won the Division 5 girls race, finishing the 3-mile course in 19 minutes, 27 seconds and leading the Royals to a third-place finish as a team. In Division 5, the top six teams advanced to next Saturday’s state finals at Woodward Park in Fresno.
The meet had to be moved to a slightly difference course, where the rain wasn’t as much of an issue, but Mission Prep coach Leslie Monaco said it still bothered the runners.
“It was a little ugly out there,” Monaco said. “But it was good that they changed the course, or it wouldn’t have been safe and it was very slippery.”
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Mooney finished 12 seconds ahead of Marywood High junior Alexia Velarde, easily besting the field of 117 runners.
“She looked relaxed and ran a really smart race,” Monaco said. “She didn’t completely spend herself so she’ll be ready for next weekend.”
Hoffman finished second in the Division 3 race, finishing in 18:30. She trailed Palos Verdes’ Rebecca Mehra by three seconds.
Coupled with a 10th-place finish by Kathleen Uyttewaal (19:02), the Tigers finished sixth as a team. The top seven Division 3 teams advanced to next week’s state final.
Also qualifying for the state meet was Templeton’s Savannah Camacho. Competing as an individual in the Division 4 girls race, Camacho finished sixth in 19:25.
The Morro Bay girls finished 10th in the Division 4 race, led by Rachel Jelstrom’s 21st-place finish in 20:01.
The Pirates’ boys finished 11th, led by Bryan Carroll’s 26th- place finish in 17:17.
Competing as an individual, Arroyo Grande’s Emily Johnston finished 61st in the Division 2 girls race, finishing in 19:59.