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Saugus Girls Win CIF Cross Country Championship

It was a banner weekend for the cross country runners from the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Saugus girls cross country team reclaimed the CIF Southern Section Division II championship at Mt. San Antonio College.

Samantha Ortega was the runner-up in the girls race for Saugus. Abigail Frankian was 16th and Heidi Hoslet was 26th.

The Saugus girls won their sixth CIF championship in the past seven years. They were second to Simi Valley last year.

The Saugus boys were second in the Division II race and finished behind Westlake.

Both the Saugus girls and boys teams qualified for the CIF State meet at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Golden Valley’s Nolan Del Valle and Bianca Tinoco also qualified for the CIF State meet individually.

Del Valle was sixth in the boys race. Tinoco finished in eighth place in the girls race.

In college cross country, John Gilbertson from The Master’s College won the NAIA national championship race to earn the first individual national title in school history.

He won the 8K race in Vancouver, Wash., in 23 minutes, 56 seconds, and finished 10 seconds ahead of Greg Montgomery from the College of Idaho.

The Mustangs finished in eighth place as a team. Thirty-one teams from across the country were entered in the meet.

On the women’s side, Hannah Kellerman was the top runner in the meet for The Master’s College. She finished in eighth place.

In college soccer, the College of the Canyons women won their first round playoff game, 3-2, over East L.A. College.

COC will play Ventura College today in the second round of the Women’s Soccer Southern Regional playoffs.

In high school tennis, the Valencia doubles team of Ashley Keith and Tina Inchalik advanced to the Southern Section Division II sectionals after eliminating the doubles team from Harvard-Westlake.

Keith and Inchalik defeated Arin Schwimmer and Paige Mowlis, 6-3, 6-4, after knocking out teams from Highland and Carpinteria.

In the NBA, the Clippers won their fifth game in a row and beat the San Antonio Spurs for the second time this season, 92-87.

Chris Paul had 19 points and eight assists in the win.

Follow Tim Haddock on Twitter @thaddock.