CROSS COUNTRY: ROYAL'S CYBULSKI GETS ALL-AMERICAN STATUS.
Byline: KIRBY LEE Special to the Daily News
SAN DIEGO San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. -- Add All-American honors to Michael Cybulski's list of achievements in the 2006 cross country season.
The Royal High of Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. senior placed seventh in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships are a series of annual cross country running (commonly abbreviated CC) races held in various regions of the United States to determine the premier cross country runner in various age groups, but mainly serves to find the best prep (high school) in 15:31 over the 5,000-meter course at Balboa Park's Morley Field on Saturday in his season finale.
Cybulski was the first Royal athlete to qualify for the 28th annual meet, and his seventh-place finish was the best finish by an area male runner since Eleazar Hernandez of Camarillo's fifth-place finish in 1994.
The performance capped a whirlwind four weeks for Cybulski.
The UCLA-bound runner won the Southern Section Div.I individual title to help Royal to its third section championship in a row Nov.19 and the state Div.I title on Nov.26. He placed third in the Nike Team Nationals NTN emblem
Nike Team Nationals (NTN) is an invitational cross country meet that serves as the unofficial team national championship of United States high school cross country. It was designed to heighten competition between high school cross country teams nationwide. in Portland on Dec.2 to help Royal to a runner-up finish Noun 1. runner-up finish - a finish in second place (as in a race)
finish - designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the .
``This was just a fun race today,'' Cybulski said. ``Top five was my goal. I was a little short of that, but it was still a great year. It was kind of hard for the last sixweeks to have race after race after race.''
Chad Hall of Big Bear pulled away in the final quarter-mile to win in 15:20 over the two-loop grass course.
Michael Cybulski ran 15:31 for seventh place Saturday.