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Great Oak Girls Cross Country Team won the State Championship last year; this year’s team is already ranked as the number one team in the nation (XCNation.com)
Great Oak Girls Cross Country Team won the State Championship last year; this year’s team is already ranked as the number one team in the nation (XCNa...

Great Oak Girls XC Ranked Pre-Season #1, Boys #3


Friday, July 18th, 2014
Issue 29, Volume 18.
Paul Bandong
Staff Writer


In the latest top-50 national rankings (XCNation.com), Great Oak’s girls’ cross country team is the top team in the nation, despite losing graduated seniors Haley Dorris and Ashley Helbig, both ranked among the top in the state last year. Junior Destiny Collins was ranked third in the state last year and returns to lead the Wolfpack. Also returning are senior Maiya Larsen and junior Desi Stinger.

Great Oak girls won their second consecutive State Championship last year and their third in the last four years. Last year’s team also set the Mt. SAC course record (team time) at the CIF Southern Section Finals.

Coach Doug Soles’ teams have won the Fastback Shootout four years in a row, the Woodbridge Invitational three years in a row, the Inland Empire Championships two years in a row, the Mt. SAC Invitational four years in a row, and were Southwestern League Champions for five years straight.

In addition, they were CIF qualifiers for nine years, and went to CIF Finals six years in a row, State Finals five years in a row, and enjoyed a Top Ten national-ranking five consecutive years.

This year’s girls’ team was undefeated against California teams and set a state meet course record for all Division 1 schools. They were the top-ranked team in the state of California all season and their finals score was twice as good as the next closest finisher.

The Great Oak boys are also expected to do well, ranking third in the nation. Top returners include Nick Doan, Isaac Cortes, Robbie Gleeson and Tony Robinson.


 

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