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All Saugus at Foothill XC meet No. 2

Posted: October 17, 2013 10:59 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2013 10:59 p.m.

Saugus junior Brian Zabilski, center, leads the pack during Foothill League Meet No. 2 at Central Park on Thursday.

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Following the varsity girls race at Thursday’s Foothill League cross country meet No. 2 at Central Park, Saugus’ Samantha Ortega and her teammates were in a familiar place.

After suffering a rare defeat against Canyon High at the league opener on Sept. 26, the Saugus High girls cross country team rallied back and edged the Cowboys 33-44 and defeated the rest of the Foothill League.

The girls’ win ended a perfect day for Saugus, which boasted all six team and individual winners, including a 38-63 victory for the varsity boys program.

Saugus’ sweep marks the third time in Santa Clarita Valley history a school has won all team and individual races in one meet, all three being achieved by the Centurions.

Ortega took a commanding lead from the gun and never looked back, winning in a course record of 17 minutes, 17 seconds.

That mark shatters the former 17:59 record shared by Ortega and former Saugus runner Karis Frankian.

This race marked Ortega’s fifth win and course record in a row this season.

After Ortega, Saugus stuffed the finish chute with all five scorers in the top 10 and all seven in the top 14.

Mackinzie Moncibais was sixth (18:37), Ashley Heys was seventh (18:38), Jessica Ruiz was ninth (18:43) and Megan Tuinstra rounded out Saugus’ scoring in 10th (18:46).

“The plan was to work together and stay mentally tough,” said Saugus’ No. 6 runner Darby LaPlant. “Today’s race only means that we have to keep working hard and not allow ourselves to slip into complacency or let ourselves become mentally weak.”

LaPlant and Sabrina Janes helped the team to victory as well, finishing 13th (18:59) and 14th (19:10).

Canyon took second, led by Natalie Rodriguez’s runner-up finish (18:03), while teammates Kyla Danforth (18:28), Concepcion Flores (18:50), Shalyn Mabritto (18:55) and Rachel Rush (19:20) all finished in the top 15.

Valencia’s Kaylee Thompson and West Ranch’s Taylor Welker also finished in the top five, finishing third (18:19) and fifth (18:35) respectively.

In the boys race, Saugus put all five scorers in the top 15, led by Brian Zabilski and Alex Pearson’s 1-2 finish.

Zabilski separated himself from the field a mile and half into the race and won in 15:30, three seconds shy of the course record.

Teammate Pearson closed hard, finishing two seconds back in 15:32.

Jordan Serrano also cracked the top 10 for Saugus, crossing in seventh (16:02).

“This just means that our training is paying off and all the hard work we’ve put into the season so far isn’t going to waste,” Serrano said. "We need to keep our training consistent. That’s the key to winning state.”

Caleb McClain crossed third for Canyon, in 15:38, while Golden Valley’s Arnold Bautista and West Ranch’s Tucker Welker rounded out the top five finishers, in fourth (15:38) and fifth (15:49) respectively.



1. Saugus - 38

2. West Ranch - 63

3. Valencia - 75

4. Golden Valley - 100

5. Hart - 101

6. Canyon - 133


1. Saugus - 33

2. Canyon - 44

3. West Ranch - 72

4. Valencia - 85

5. Golden Valley - 156

6. Hart - 162




1. Brian Zabilski, Saugus, 15:30

2. Alex Pearson, Saugus, 15:32

3. Caleb McClain, Canyon, 15:38

4. Arnold Bautista, Golden Valley, 15:44

5. Tucker Welker, West Ranch, 15:49

6. Ashton Garcia, West Ranch, 16:00

7. Jordan Serrano, Saugus, 16:02

8. Nick Lentz, Valencia, 16:02

9. Ryan Ortiz, Hart, 16:09

10. Justin Wikler, West Ranch, 16:14


1. Samantha Ortega, Saugus, 17:17

2. Natalie Rodriguez, Canyon, 18:03

3. Kaylee Thompson, Valencia, 18:19

4. Kyla Danforth, Canyon, 18:28

5. Taylor Welker, West Ranch, 18:35

6. Mackinzie Moncibais, Saugus, 18:37

7. Ashley Heys, Saugus, 18:38

8. Marisa Magsarili, West Ranch, 18:39

9. Jessica Ruiz, Saugus, 18:43

10. Megan Tuinstra, Saugus, 18:46


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