THE WARRIOR WAY—Westlake High girls’ cross country runners, from left, Rebecca Schultz, Sydney Covington, Ashley Gonzalez and Ruby Sirota-Foster run together at a practice at Forest Cove Park. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers
Mike Smith understood the importance of racing against tough competition.
When Camarillo High’s teams were leaving the Marmonte League for the Pacific View League in 1998, Smith, the former Scorpion cross country coach, voiced his disapproval.
“He said it was a det...