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2010-11 Program of Year: Saugus High School

Posted: July 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Saugus girls cross country team poses with their CIF State Championship medals last fall.

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It takes the drama out of a race when it’s over in the first third of the contest.

According to The Signal’s scoring system, Saugus had done enough to win 2010-11 Program of the Year by Nov. 27, 2010.

That’s the day the girls cross country team won its nearly unthinkable fifth straight CIF state championship.

And after all the season’s results were in, Saugus’ cross country accomplishments (both boys and girls teams) alone gave it enough points to beat out the point total of any other school.

In all, the Centurions racked up 436 points, 276 of which came from boys and girls cross country. That topped Valencia’s overall total of 229.

For the third straight season, Saugus can call itself Program of the Year and for the third straight season, it has its cross country and track and field teams to thank for it.

In addition to the state championship, both the girls and boys cross country teams claimed the CIF-Southern Section titles for Saugus as well as Foothill League titles.

No other school won a CIF title this season.

Many of the same athletes then boosted the numbers for the boys and girls track and field teams in the spring, which made CIF-Southern Section Division II postseason appearances. The girls team sent three distance runners, Stephanie Bulder, Kaylin Mahoney and Karis Frankian, to the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

Bulder and Mahoney also became the only individual point-getters in the Foothill League this season by winning CIF-SS Div. II titles in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, respectively.

Outside of cross country and track and field, the Centurions got their biggest boost from the boys golf team, which made a surprising run in the postseason, winning the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Regional — a CIF title that added 50 more points.

Saugus also got points by nabbing league titles in girls soccer and softball, pushing the season total to five Foothill titles.
Though Valencia teams totaled seven league championships this past season — more than any other eligible program — those teams didn’t make it deep enough in the postseason to match up with Saugus’ accolades.

Of the seven league champion teams for the Vikings, only the football and girls tennis teams made it past the quarterfinals in its CIF playoff bracket. Both of those teams lost in the semifinals.

The other Valencia league winners were baseball, boys basketball, girls volleyball, boys volleyball and boys tennis.

Following Valencia in the standings is Hart, which won three league titles and tallied 192 points.

The Indians scored a big chunk of points by sending multiple athletes to the CIF-Southern Section Division I Championships in both boys and girls swimming.

Canyon came in fourth, making the most of its two league titles in girls basketball and boys track and field for 120 points. West Ranch followed with an even 100 points off three Foothill crowns and Golden Valley rounded out the standings with 71 points.

In terms of seasons, Saugus easily won in the cross country-heavy fall with 290 points and narrowly won in the spring with the track and field-led 124 points.

In winter sports, Canyon was the champion with 43 points thanks mostly to an extended playoff run by the girls basketball team.

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