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CROSS COUNTRY: ROYAL'S CYBULSKI GETS ALL-AMERICAN STATUS.

Byline: KIRBY LEE Special to the Daily News

SAN DIEGO -- Add All-American honors to Michael Cybulski's list of achievements in the 2006 cross country season.

The Royal High of Simi Valley senior placed seventh in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships 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 in Portland on Dec.2 to help Royal to a runner-up finish.

``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.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Dec 10, 2006
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