Camarillo looks to make headway at CIF cross country prelims

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Camarillo High had very little trouble winning both the boys and girls Pacific View League cross country championships. Now the Scorpions will see where they fit in the big picture.

The CIF-Southern Section prelims are today at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut. Eleven boys teams, 12 girls teams and five individuals from the area will be competing with hopes of qualifying for next week’s finals at the same site.

Camarillo’s boys won the PVL title by 14 points over Rio Mesa and the girls won by a whopping 45 points over Hueneme. Boys coach Mike Smith said as the races become more important, the more he tries to keep things low-key for his team.

“What we try to do with our kids is just keep relaxed,” Smith said. “They know it’s an important race. They’re going to be keyed up for it. My approach is to let them know early on in the week what we need to do and what’s at stake. Then we don’t talk about it for the rest of the week. We talk about what it’ll look like as far as the other teams in our heat. In the boys, we have Golden Valley, the No. 1-ranked team in Division 2, and Redondo, another highly rated team. We talk about those things.

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