Santa Margarita re-sets the bar for athletic success; Harvard-Westlake also prospers in winning CIF-SS Commissioner’s Cup titles!
By Rich Gonzalez
When Santa Margarita High and Harvard-Westlake were busy racking up CIF-Southern Section divisional team titles in track and field last month, they were also putting the finishing touches on some pretty incredible years for their respective athletic programs.
The CIF-Southern Section office formally announced on Tuesday that the two schools have officially captured the coveted Commissioner's Cup award for overall athletic excellence during the just-concluded 2018-19 school year.
Santa Margarita won the Commisioner's Cup on the girls' side with 19 points, topping runner-up Roosevelt of Eastvale's total of 14. Schools are awarded points based on varying degrees of postseason success.
It marks the fourth time in the last six years and a sectional record seventh time that Santa Margarita has won the distinction on the girls' side.
Even more impressive, the triumph marks a record tenth time that the Orange County-based private school has landed the award on either the boys' or girls' side, breaking its tie with Los Angeles Loyola — an all-boys parochial school — for the most overall titles.
Santa Margarita was a blowout winner in Division 3 girls at last month's CIF-SS Track and Field Championships at El Camino College last month, marking the program's fifth consecutive year winning the team title.
Track and field success played a major role in determining the overall Commissioner's Cup girls' standings as runner-up Roosevelt was the CIF-SS Division 1 team champion while Commissioner's Cup third placer Oaks Christian was the CIF-SS Division 4 team champion.
Great Oak, aided by its title win in CIF-SS Division 1 cross-country, and Harvard-Westlake, the CIF-SS Division 4 runner-up, also finished among the top 10 in the overall Commissioner's Cup placements.
On the boys' side, Harvard-Westlake won the CIF-SS Division 3 track and field team title, helping it amass 20 points in the Commissioner's Cup scoring tables.
It marked the fourth time in school history the Wolverines had won the Cup, but the first time winning for the boys.
Mater Dei finished second overall for the boys, with the Monarchs celebrating a runner-up finish in track and field in CIF-SS Division 2.
Also placing among the top 10 in the overall Commissioner's Cup standings were boys athletic programs from Great Oak (helped by its Division 1 title in cross-country and Division 1 runner-up showing in track and field), Palos Verdes (the Division 3 winner in. cross-country), Newport Harbor (earning points in cross-country), Oaks Christian (securing points in track and field) and Loyola (scoring points in cross-country).
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