JSerra boys, girls pleased with strong showings at Trinity League Preview meet – Orange County Register

HUNTINGTON BEACH – While the girls cross country team for JSerra continued to blow away the competition, the Lions’ boys found the team competition tough at the top.

JSerra’s Anthony Grover and Peter Herold finished first and second in the boys race, but St. John Bosco edged out the Lions by one point, 55-56, in the team standings and on a tiebreaker in the head-to-head at the Trinity League Preview Wednesday at Central Park.

“We just wanted to get a win for prelims, knowing we’ve been doing pretty good in training,” Herold said. “We wanted to get off strong, create a gap and hold on through the last mile and a half, see how the race finishes. Unfortunately, we lost by one point.”

Grover and Herold got out and led the race from the start. Grover won with a time of 14:58 and Herold took second at 15:06, both personal bests in league competition. This was different from last year’s Trinity competition even though JSerra won the league title last season.

“It was definitely harder,” Grover said. “Setting the pace takes a lot out of you.”

Colby Corcoran, Bosco’s top runner and last season’s individual league champion, was in his first race since a bout with appendicitis. He finished fourth at 15:16 with teammate Diego de la Torre three-tenths of a second behind in fifth.

“It’s pretty tight,” Herold said. “It’s always kind of been like that. I think we’re catching up to them. Last year, we took the win from them, but this year it’s going to be neck-and-neck again.”

Trinity League team titles are determined by points. Teams earn one point for each team they beat head-to-head at the preview and two points for each at finals. Bosco currently leads, 5-4.

JSerra was looking to close their gap from their fifth spot to Herold at the second spot. Lions coach Marty Dugard was confident that with a freshman in the fifth spot the five weeks of training between now and finals could make up the one-point deficit. Grover echoed the attitude needed by the group.

“We can’t take any days off,” Grover said. “Every day we have…

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