Mira Costa athletics among nation’s elite

by Randy Angel
Published September 17, 2009

With nationally-ranked teams in boys and girls volleyball, strong performances by runners and a trip to the CIF championship game in football, Mira Costa athletics was ranked No. 11 in the nation by ESPN.

Throughout the year, ESPN RISE compiles FAB 50 rankings in 13 sports with five points awarded for a No. 1 final ranking, four for a top 10 finish, three for a top 25, two for a top 40 and 1.5 for a top 50.
Mira Costa earned a 10.5 ranking as its boys and girls volleyball team were close to the No.1 ranking and the Mustang’s girls cross country team finished in the top 40.

The Woodlands High School in Texas took top honors with 17.5 points. The Highlanders were the only school in the nation with FAB 50-ranked teams in five different sports. Sixteen of the FAB 50 schools were from California.

Any school with more than one team in a final FAB 50 also was awarded 1.5 bonus points. In the event of ties, the school with the most ranked teams went first, followed by the school with the highest-ranked team. After that, ties were broken based on other factors, such as teams that were at in contention for a nationally title at one point, or schools having a team that was regionally ranked.
Final FAB 50 rankings utilized for the overall FAB 50 were in football, boys’ volleyball, girls’ volleyball, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, baseball and softball. The final top 50 team ranking in boys’ cross country, girls’ cross country, boys’ track and girls’ track were determined from DyeStat.com. ER