San Marcos and Dos Pueblos both qualified their boys and girls cross country teams at the CIF-SS Division 3 Prelims in Riverside on Friday.
The CIF Finals are next Friday and Saturday at the same venue.
The Dos Pueblos girls finished sixth in their heat, led by freshman Phoebe Wolfe Lyons who came in ninth place in the three-mile race in 19:11.8.
Freshman Shaina King led San Marcos to a 10th-place team finish. She was 25th in a personal best of 19:41.
On the boys side, San Marcos qualified third behind Royal and Brea Olinda, while Dos Pueblos came in fifth place in the same heat.
Senior Joseph Pearlman of the Chargers ran personal best of 15:28.5 to place third in the heat, finishing behind Isaiah Givens of Pasadena (15:15.6) and Sebastian Sawyer of Oak Park (15:23.6).
Will Snyder, was first in for San Marcos, placing 12th with a PR and course-best time of 15:48.
The other scoring finishers for San Marcos were sophomores Jacob Snodgress (19th in 16:02), Ethan Dwelley (36th, 16:15) and Arran Dwelley (50th, 16:36) and junior Chase Plourde (68th, 16:50).
The next four finishers for the DP boys after Pearlman were juniors Foster Young (29th, 16:08.7), Logan Beckstrand (31st, 16:12) and Peter Speier (38th, 16:25.1) and freshman Orlando Ye (17:10.1).
“We were totally surprised by the way the boys ran today,” said DP coach Nash Jimenez. “Our number six runner, Orlando Ye, came in fifth, which was the push we needed to get to finals next weekend. Joseph (Pearlman) ran a beautiful race today. He was in 15th place after the first mile, but he methodically moved his way up, finishing in third place with a personal best of 15:28.”
Sophomore Gabriela Kenly (39th, 19:56.1) was the second finisher for the DP girls after Wolfe Lyons. She was followed by senior Estelle Ye (44th, 20:05.5) and freshmen Ellie Gleason (49th, 20:09.8) and Reese Wahlberg (52nd, 20:12.4).
“Our girls ran strong today, but this wasn’t surprising given their performance this season,” Jimenez said. “Five out of our seven ran their personal best today. The girls are a young team and we only expect to get better.
“We hope to send at least one of our teams to State,” he added. “Dos Pueblos hasn’t experienced that in some time, and this season has been extraordinary to have both the girls and boys competing at this level.”
The San Marcos qualifiers after King were freshman Celina Zambrano (47th, 20:16), senior Maddie Funk (69th, 20:54.3), sophomore Kathryn Chenoweth (85th, 21:36.7) and senior Louisa Zadeh (90th, 21:51.2).