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2013 CIF Finals...a Tough Day for Sure

Thanks for being patient.  This update is still under repair.....

Boys Qualify for Another CIF Finals Berth
Our boys qualified for the Division I CIF Finals for the 7th year in a row.  We are the only boys' group to do so in Riverside County as our string all started back in 2007.  Seeded to finish 3rd in our heat, we did just that with ease.  Almost all of our boys posted a new personal best on the Mt. SAC course as the conditions were absolutely ideal.  Our 79:11 team time is amongst the Top 20 team times ever posted in Riverside County history as well.

For her 3rd time, senior Alicia Williams will compete in the CIF Finals.  She is only the 2nd girl in school history to achieve this feat.  Her 18:08 is the 2nd fastest senior effort in school history as well.  She ran 59 seconds faster than she did on this course three weeks ago. 

Looking to qualify for the finals, sophomore Sani Shabgahi had a frustrating day.  Rest assured, this disappointment will only make her that much more determined from here on out!

Running with the Panthers (November 10 - November 16)

Monday - No school; CIF group will meet on the track at 7:30 am
TuesdayOptional 1600m time trial     

Wednesday - Recovery run
Thursday - Optional Recovery run
Friday - Day off beginning our week of Mandatory Study Hall during 6th period 
SaturdayDivision I CIF Prelims 
Athletes of the Week:

Division I CIF Prelims Race Schedule
8:09 am - Alicia Williams (Heat 2)
8:57 am - Sani Shabgahi (Heat 4)
9:42 am - Boys Varsity (Heat 2)    
Boys are attempting to be one of only four schools to make the Division I CIF Finals for the 7th straight season
We will have ONE bus.  Bus will leave at 6:30 am.   The Booster Club will pay for your admission but you must bring your student ID card.   

We will be holding a 1600 meter time trial for anybody interested next Tuesday!

Boys Win Big VIII League Title

Our varsity boys showed up with their best race this season in winning their first league title since 2009.  Our string of seven straight league titles was broken in 2010 by Martin Luther King High, but we brought it back to Corona High here in 2013.  Bringing out the best in us, King  pushed us as much as they could and did not back down.  But, when the dust settled at the finish line, Corona High stood with a seven point victory and the league title.  King did not have one senior in their line-up so we have our work cut out for us in regard to defending it in 2014.  Most impressive was our 37 second scoring gap..  Our boys move on to the Division I CIF Prelims where they will seek a 7th straight CIF Finals berth.  Only three other schools (Arcadia, Dana Hills and El Toro) in Division I can lay claim to this distinction if we accomplish this goal. 

Senior Eric George earned his second 1st Team All-League patch with a valiant 2nd place finish.  Patiently working his way during that first mile, junior Liam Brooks finished right behind Eric and ahead of King's #1.  Junior Sean Bell, taking almost two months to heal from a hip injury, truly was a champion here in taking 6th place and earning a 1st Team All-League patch with his 6th place finish.  With a tremendous kick, junior Gilbert Robles rallied for an 8th place finish while senior Raul Recendez produced his best race of the season with a 10th place overall finish and held off King's #5 scorer.  Junior Josh Silva finished 14th as those three all earned 2nd Team All-League honors.   

For our girls, a frustrating season ended with a 4th place team finish.  With our league featuring three other teams ranked Top 10 in Riverside County, the task of qualifying for CIF was just too much.  Sani Shabgahi took 3rd place while Alicia Williams took 6th place.  With that in mind, both girls qualified as individuals to next weekend's CIF Prelims and will look to qualify as individuals to the CIF Finals. 

For our junior varsity boys, several key injuries and some 'off' races opened the door for a very deep ML King crew.  They took first place here as we walk away sharing the 2013 league title as we claimed victory in the first two league meets.  Sophomore Moises Orduna stepped up with his best race of the season and an overall 3rd place finish.  Many of the top times in the JV race would have been amongst the Top 20 in the varsity race!

For our juinor varsity girls, we did see several girls end with their best race of the season.  We took 3rd place overall and for the season.  ML King and Santiago finished ahead of us. 

Everybody is invited to attend next Saturday's Division I CIF Prelims.  The Booster Club will pay for your admission but you must take the bus to Mt. SAC and bring a student ID.   The bus will leave between 6:00-6:30 am as we are scheduled to compete in the early morning races.  Final details will be revealed by Monday.

More highlights to come as we want to highlight several individual accomplishments...

Boys Set New Mt. SAC School Record

Our varsity boys became the first group in school history with four boys under 16 minutes on the Mt. San Antonio Course in the same race.  With our top five times being combined, we set a new course record and finished with the 12th fastest team time out of over 500 schools entered. 

Senior Eric George recorded one of the fastest times (15:23) in school history while three juniors placed their names near the very top of the all-time school record junior list.   Juniors Gilbert Robles, Josh Silva and Liam Brooks rounded out the other three to dip under 15:50!

Our varsity boys won the Div. I / II Subsweeps Race, which was the fastest non-Sweepstakes race on the invite.  Meanwhile, our boys' sophomores also won their race.  Two first place awards at Mt. SAC is very commendable.   

Meanwhile, Sani Shabgahi ran one of the fastest times in school history for sophomores as she posted a new personal best of 18:47!    Senior Alicia Williams also placed her name higher on the by-grade all-time list! 

We adjusted some of the times on the individuals in which we have video on.   With that in mind, our Boys Varsity team time is 78:58, making them the first group to ever break 79 minutes on the Mt. SAC course. 

Boys Come Out on Top at Big VIII League Meet #2

Hosted by Centennial High at Mountain Gate Park, Corona's squads took on the best the Big VIII league delivers.  Featuring five of the top 12 girls' teams in Riverside County along with three of the top six boys' squads, there was no room for error. 

Our varsity boys emerged with a slim three point victory over ML King.  We avenged our loss to them from the first league meet and now go into the 2013 league finals tied for 1st place.  Eric George took 2nd place overall while we welcomed back the return of juniors Sean Bell and Gilbert Robles into the varsity lineup.  King was missing two of their top seven from the 1st league meet.  But, we also did not have everybody clicking on all cylinders as well and were missing our #4 from the first league meet.  Our junior varsity boys are the 2nd toughest 'Varsity B' group in the Inland Empire, next to Great Oak.  With that in mind, our JV boys basically clinched a share of the league title with their 2nd straight victory over a very tough King group.  Raul Recendez took over midway through the race and never looked back for the victory as we finished with a solid 21 second scoring gap in that race!  Austin Bradley took a week off to heal an injury, chose to pace the boys through the first two miles and it paid off.  Brook Solomon was not too far from Raul as he took 3rd place overall.   Freshman Enrique Villa was the top freshman in the league by almost a full minute. 

Our Varsity girls have a tough day.  King continues to be the class of the league with another victory here.  Roosevelt and Centennial continue to improve while we had several girls off and still healing.  Alicia Williams and Sani Shabgahi looked great in finished 1st and 2nd, respectively.  But, we later found out that they were disqualified for taking the wrong route right before the two mile mark. With those two deleted from the team scoring, we finished 5th place on this day.  Valerie Anderson had her best race this season as her determination continues to define her.  Going into league finals, that drops us down to 3rd place and our girls will have to come up with a strong effort to qualify onward to the postseason.   Our junior varsity girls took 3rd place.   The highlight was the impressive 7th place effort from freshman Jazmine Garcia.  As she continues to improve, we also saw Wendy Hernandez taking another step forward in her training! 

Overall results are at


Sunday, October 20
Inland Empire Challenge

As a team, we had a tough time at last weekend's Inland Empire Challenge.  Several of our top athletes are still adjusting to the training and learning how to compete with the upgraded competition!  Several great individual efforts were recorded as senior Eric George was selected to the Riverside All-County squad. 

For complete results, please go to

Big VIII League Meet #1 - A Bump in the Road

In its sixth season, the Big VIII League schools came together to compete for the first time at Corona's Promenade Park.  Overlooking the valley of Corona, the course runs just a tad under three miles. It features one challenging hill, but one you have to crest three times.  With all six schools (not eight,....) competing in an invitational scoring format, this meet would comprise 25% of the overall scoring towards deciding which school will earn the 2013 league title and which schools will move onto the postseason.  The league has improved to where it is the 2nd most competitive league in the Inland Empire and one of the best in Southern California.

Girls Varsity Race Summary
2012 Big VIII league champion, Alicia Williams, took the pace out well over the first half of the race for the lead.  Upon cresting the hill the 2nd time, ML King's top girl took the lead, but Alicia had teammate Sani Shabgahi to race with.  Together, they comprise one of the best 1-2 combos in the county!  Both cruised in together at 2nd and 3rd place for a very nice start to our team scoring.  But, we had a huge gap until our 3rd finisher, allowing for King to place the rest of their scorers to dominate the race.  King lived up to the billing as they came into the race ranked #2 in the county, #6 in CIF-Division I and #10 in the state for Division I.  After Roosevelt came in with three girls, it became evident that this was a battle for 2nd place.  Carly Lee and Julia Harris, both a little off from last Saturday's performances, finished with Claudia Valdivia not too far behind.  When the scoring all came out, it was Valerie Anderson that decided it all.  We tied Roosevelt much improved girls' group with 68 points and it came down to the 6th scorer.  Anderson held off Roosevelt's #6 and we got the nod.  Meanwhile, Santiago and Centennial's girls were not too far behind.   This was a true example of how 'every point counts' as if any one of our five girls finishes a spot lower, we take 3rd place.   With a number of our girls off, we still held on for 2nd place.

Boys Varsity Race Summary
Our revamped boys, with several new faces in the lineup from 2012, were motivated to prove why they are ranked #2 in the county.   And for the first two miles of the race, our boys were delivering just the way we drew it up on paper.  Our boys had three in the top four, with our #4 and #5 breaking inside ML King's impressive pack!  We were with only 32 points and in control, with about an 9-10 point lead.  But, then a little (ok...BIG!) dose of vulnerability hit us.  Despite possessing one of the best trios in Southern California, our #1, Josh Silva, had been fighting a cold for the past week.  He hit a physical wall and simply could not answer the call the last mile.  He faded from 4th to 11th place, allowing for all five King scorers to move ahead of him.  Eric George and Liam Brooks held on for 2nd and 3rd place overall and delivered for their team once again.  But with King's scorers all ahead of Silva, Austin Bradley and Raul Recendez, it was not to be on this day.  King nudged away with a slim four point victory.  Recendez was also fighting a cold while Brook Solomon barely finished the race, over a minute behind boys he beat a week earlier.  Jason Spatter also had a very tough race, compared to his race last weekend.  Rest assured - after talking to the boys the next day, the confidence is there and this may just be the motivation they need to understand that they need to take care of their bodies and stay healthy.

Girls Junior Varsity Race Summary
The most disappointing part of last season was how our Junior Varsity girls finished in 4th place at the Big VIII league finals.   King has not only built a program with top end talent, but they also possess great depth which was evident here.  But, it was nice to see our girls much more competitive here while we also held out several very good girls to heal for our next meet.  Chelsea Fajardo ran one of the best races of our day and finished in 8th place overall (out of 114 girls).  Fajardo was around 30th place at the mile mark and continued to move up all throughout the race!  Brianna Jasso ran her best race of the season and continues to improve.  They were our #7 and #9 overall finishers for the day.  Freshman Jasmine Garcia continues to shine with a good hard fought effort.  Whitney Schuring regathered herself over the last mile to finish right ahead of freshman teammate Jessica Aguilar.  But, we were not able to overcome the fact that Santiago had six girls finish ahead of Schuring to secure 2nd place for the team.  Our girls settled for 3rd place, but we were impressed with our overall improvement and increased depth here. 

Junior Varsity Boys Summary
After the disappointment of our Varsity Boys race, it was awesome to see this group compete with such passion!  We told the boys that this would basically be a dual meet between Corona and ML King.  In the end, it was as the top 18 boys came from these two schools!  With a mile to go, King still held a slight advantage.  But, the tenacity of Esteban Alvarado, Saul Gallardo and Gilbert Robles paced us by taking 2nd through 4th place.  Esteban has been the diamond of late, Saul finished as one of the top sophomores in the league while Robles is recovering from being sick himself all of last week.  But, Nik Lee and freshman Enrique Villa closed out the scoring for the impressive 23-32 victory!   Looking to the future, Villa was the top freshman in the league by almost a full minute!  All in all, a great way to end the day as our top three boys here would have been right on the heals of our #4 and #5 in the Boys Varsity race!

There were some great efforts at the first league meet.  We see these same exact schools in three weeks for League Meet #2 and again for the 2013 League Finals in six weeks!  It's very common for a team to come out of the first league meet in 2nd place only to turn around and capture the league title.....  hang in there folks!  We've got to get healthy, get some sleep and take care of ourselves!


Corona Ignites Under the Lights at Woodbridge / Estancia Classic

With temperatures being about as tame as they have been all season long, the athletes of Corona traveled down to Estancia High School to compete in the 2nd largest invitational in the United States - the Woodbridge / Estancia XC Classic. 

We have a ton of highlights to provide you - please be patient.

Boys Freshman  - Enrique Villa (5th place) in 16:16
Boys Sophomores - Jason Spatter (2nd place) in 15:52   BOYS TEAM WINNERS
Boys Juniors - Esteban Alvarado (3rd place) in 15:59   BOYS TEAM WINNERS
Boys Varsity in Rated Sweep - Josh Silva, Liam Brooks and Eric George all break 15 minutes   2nd PLACE by only six points

Boys Rated Race Video:


Boys ran the 12th fastest team time out of over 230 schools!

Girls Freshman - Jasmine Garcia breaks 21 minutes
Girls Sophomores - Whitney Schuring breaks 20:30 along with Chelsea Fajardo   4th place TEAM
Girls Junior Varsity - Briann Jasso breaks 21 minutes
Girls Varsity - Sani Shabgahi (2nd place) in 17:53    5th PLACE TEAM

Girls ran the 40th fastest team time out of over 230 schools! 

Corona Shines in First Trip to Laguna Hills

Josh Silva and Liam Brooks at the Base of Hawk Hill

In looking for a way to include a team beach trip into the schedule, we placed the Laguna Hills Invite on the 2013 schedule!  Little did we know though the level of competition we would face along with a much tougher course than we originally suspected in reviewing the times from past seasons.  With the beach trip on tap afterwards, along with a bussing snafu to start off the morning, you would think that our Corona crew would be full of distractions.  Rather, our athletes took on the challenge of a very humid and hot morning and surprised themselves in their abilities.  According to one veteran coach, the course runs over 20 seconds slower than what athletes produce on the Mt. SAC course in November.  

Boys ran 7th fastest team time our of 68 schools - only 42 seconds (8 seconds per boy) behind the #2 team.  Our girls still ran the 18th fastest team time, despite missing three of our top seven.   

***Junior Josh Silva recorded the 7th fastest time of the entire day for the boys (out of over 2000).  We were only one of five squads to feature three boys breaking 16 minutes on this tough course.  Silva's huge kick with 200 meters to go almost allowed him to capture his race.  Meanwhile, Liam Brooks was with Silva up until the last hill with 300 meters to go.   Senior Eric George did not know that he lined up against some of the best in the nation, but he truly held his own with a strong 9th place finish!  His 15:56 performance shows how he is truly stronger than ever.

***Sophomore Sani Shabgahi recorded the 10th fastest time of the entire day for the girls (out of over 2000).   Sani's training continues to back up her incredible results as she ran against several State Meet athletes!  Senior Alicia Williams time was behind Sani's but considering the conditions during Alicia's race, we suspect that she would have been right there with Sani.

***Senior Carly Lee took a more aggressive approach to this race and almost broke 20 minutes on this tough course.   


Complete results can be found at 

Placing our varsity boys into our own merging system for Division I schools: Warren 76, El Toro 96, Dana Hills 102 (missing a top runner), Arcadia (missing 1-2 runners) 106, Corona 111, Vista Murrieta 115 (their #7 was in front of our #4!!!), California 132 (missing a top runner)


Seaside Invitational Highlights

Corona XC officially opened up its 2013 campaign by traveling to Ventura to compete in the Seaside Invitational.   Run on a complete flat surface that basically looks more like a Sunday roadrace along a 'seaside' bike trail, looking out to the Pacific Ocean, we basically used this is a three mile time trial.  More than a nice race, it was simply incredible to come over the hill into Ventura County and see a 15 degree drop in the temperatures within several miles!   With a number of injuries sidelining some of our top runners, we still represented ourselves by finishing amongst the top ten squads out of the 40+ teams competing.  

The highlight of the day was provided by our Sophomore Girls as they took 2nd place behind a very tough Trabuco  Hills crew.  With our team being led by this particular age group, we had 24 girls competing.  Sani Shabgahi led the way with a 18:00 3rd place finish.  This was over 24 seconds faster than last year as she finished 17th overall out of over 1200 girls competing.  We featured six girls in the top 60 (out of 313), as Claudia Valdivia improved by over three minutes from last year!  Despite a conservative first two miles, Claudia still broke 20 minutes.  Susan Gonzalez, in her first XC race, posted an impressive 20:11.  Meanwhile, Alyssa Garcia improved by over two minutes from 2012, with a solid 20:15 performance.  Cristina Carrillo and Sophie Schuring worked together to break 20:40 while Chelsea Fajardo rebounded from an early race fall to break 21 minutes.  Sophomore Race Video:

Julia Harris took 11th place (out of 274) in the Girls Freshman race.  Her 19:28 was her first three mile effort ever as she admittingly fought a side cramp the entire race.  Carly Lee led our seniors with a solid 19:07 effort, despite missing most of the summer's training.  Carly was 81st out of the entire meet while she still has a ton of upside!   In the Girls Junior Race, Valerie Anderson and Haley Smart worked together with Valerie breaking 20 minutes for her first time!  

On the boys' side, holding out a number of our top runners to heal from a tough summer of training, we were pleased to see junior Liam Brooks and senior Eric George both go 15:04 and 15:05 respectively!  Both improved by over 25 seconds from last year.   They were amongst the Top 20 boys out of over 1200 competitors!  Junior Nik Lee recorded a huge personal best of 15:43 (46th overall) while fellow junior Brook Solomon (87th overall) improved by almost a minute from last year (15:56).   We were proud to see senior Austin Bradley (64th overall) bounce back from a tough last month with his 15:51 clocking (which was not included in the overall results.)  Sophomore Jason Spatter roared to a 16:01, over 85 seconds faster than 2012. 

More to come for the boys.....

With everybody healthy and racing on the boys' side, we projected that we would have been right there with meet champion, Dos Pueblos. 

Complete results are at  Scroll down to 09/06/13

Next Saturday, we travel into Orange County to compete at the Laguna Hills Invitational.  The course will be much tougher than the Seaside Invite.

Red & Gold X - NJC Escapes with Narrow Win over RunnerBallzee

In exciting fashion, Corona Cross Country 'sAnnual Clash at Butterfield Park was better than ever!  Despite the hot, windy and humid conditions - the 10th Annual Red & Gold Meet saw some great competition, highlighted by Josh Silva's individual victory and Alicia Williams coming home with another great effort on the girls' side!   

Despite being behind by one point after three scorers, NJC (New Jersey Crew) outleaned the RunnerBallzee's for a narrow four point victory!  Not to be outdone, Gotham's Most Wanted was also in the mix until the end, but took 3rd place, albeit by only eight points from NJC!  With several teams having major scorers take the day off, it led to some disparity between those three teams and everybody else.  As you can see, missing scorers make a HUGE impact on the team scoring side of things!

Team Scores:
NJC - 98
RunnerBallzee - 102
Gotham's Most Wanted - 106
Chasing Nemos - 118 (#2 scorer was sick)
Sour Patch Runners - 127 (missing #2 scorer)
Team Stark - 140
Social Runners - 140 (missing #1 scorer)
Hood Rat Hippez - 144 (#2 scorer DNF)
Incredibles - 168 (missing #1 scorer)
Minions - 174 (missing #2 scorer)

Breaking down the scoring from he New Jersey Crew, Raul Recendez was seeded at #14, but finished an impressive 6th place.  Alicia Williams was expected to finish 27th, but took 20th.  The true gem here was freshman Emmanuel Contreras.  He was seeded at #47 but finished in 25th place!   

We are still analyzing which kids improved the most from where they were originally expected to finish! 

Want to Know How Far We're Running?

Athletes - simply click onto the title and go to the map of Corona. Follow the directions and you'll be able to map out how far you've run through the streets of Corona!  Enjoy and have fun! It will all make you more aware of all of your runs!

You can also click onto Running Routes in the land hand column to see previously marked out runs.

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Click onto the link for the following article - it's a great read with great advice. 

The Value of Chocolate Milk

A great must-read article about the value of using chocolate milk as a post-workout drink to get the very most from your training.

ALL ATHLETES: Bring a postworkout drink (Gatorade, Powerade, chocolate milk) and a sports nutrition bar to all workouts to ingest once we are done. 

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