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By Zach Cavanagh
Dana Hills notched a double sweep in Division 3 at the CIF-SS Cross Country Championships.
The Dolphins won both Division 3 team championships and both individual championships with winning runs by Allura Markow and Evan Noonan escaping with a handful of hardware this past Saturday, November 19 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.
The Dana Hills boys won their seventh CIF-SS championship and first since 2009, when the Dolphins won three in a row, and the Dana Hills girls won their third CIF-SS title and first since 2008, which was the last time they the Dolphins doubled in CIF-SS Championships.
Noonan is the fourth boy from Dana Hills to claim a CIF-SS singles title and the second in a row, after then-senior Jai Dawson won the Division 2 title last season. Markow is only the second girl from Dana Hills to win a CIF-SS singles title along with Alaina Alvarez’s Division 1 title in 2009.
Saturday’s races also marked the 15th top-two finish for the Dana Hills boys and the seventh for the Dolphins girls.
Both teams now move on to the CIF State Championship this Saturday, November 26 at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Dana Hills boys will be seeking their first state title since 2009, and the girls will be running for their first since 2008.
Markow put in a dominating effort for the Dana Hills girls in the CIF-SS finals, as the Dolphins placed four runners in the top 15. Dana Hills defeated runner-up South Torrance, 52-110.
Markow, a senior, led the way with a seven second margin of victory to take the CIF-SS title at 17:31 in the 2.93 mile race. This is Markow’s third CIF-SS championship overall along with two CIF-SS track titles in the 3200 meter dash.
Sophomore Annie Ivarsson worked her way up to fifth with a time of 18:17. Senior Zoe Ott finished 14th at 6:54 p.m., junior Cooper Murphy finished 15th at 7:01 p.m. and junior Paige Scheer rounded out the five points in 32nd place at 7:01 p.m. 7:38 p.m. Dana Hills also ran junior Quinci Lott in 46th at 20:04 and junior Tessa Anderson in 47th at 20:11.
Noonan led the Dana Hills boys to a 10-second margin of victory for the Division 3 title. Sophomore Noonan won the 2.93-mile race at 15:03.
Dana Hills put all five scoring runners in the top 30 to beat runner-up Moorpark, 89-125.
Junior Garrett Woodruff finished 15th at 15:57, Junior Logan Harris finished 26th at 16:15, Senior Jack Jones finished 28th at 16:19 and freshman Oliver Hunter completed the five points in 30th place at 16:20. The Dolphins also ran junior Mike Ayala in the 51st at 4:40 p.m. and senior Sam Hunter in the 60th at 4:54 p.m.
For other local teams, the San Clemente boys, who beat Dana Hills to the South Coast League title and won back-to-back Orange County championships, won their first CIF-SS title with a tight finish in Division 1. The girls from JSerra also took the Division 4 title and the boys from St. Margaret were runners-up in Division 5.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. email to [email protected].
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