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Saugus perfectly dominant at SAC

Centurions coach calls it “the best day in our program’s history”

Posted: October 25, 2008 10:02 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Saugus girls team finished first at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational, while the boys team won the Division I individual sweepstakes.

In a banner day for Saugus cross country, the Centurion girls team broke its own course record at the 61st annual Reebok Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational at Mt. San Antonio College.

With a combined time of 88 minutes and 18 seconds in the Division I and II team sweepstakes, Saugus scored a near-perfect score of 24 points as every Centurion runner broke their own personal records. The girls outran 16 other teams in their division on the three-mile course.

The Saugus boys team won the Division I individual sweepstakes, and the junior varsity girls won the national championship with a perfect score of 15.

The Mt. SAC Invitational is considered the largest cross country meet in the world.

"It's the best day in program history," Saugus head coach Rene Paragas said. "We consider Mt. SAC our home course. It's a tough course, because of the hills. For our boys to win the sweepstakes is amazing. I don't think we've done that in school history."

Saugus broke its record last season by one minute, 20 seconds. All five scoring runners finished in the top 10.

Kaylin Mahoney won the race with a time of 17 minutes, 13 seconds. Anne Randall finished third (17:35), Amber Murakami came in fifth (17:43), Brianna Jauregui crossed the finish line in sixth (17:51) and Stephanie Bulder was ninth (17:56).

Keri Molt clocked in at 12th (18:05), while Karis Frankian was 24th (18:36).

Saugus won a close race over El Toro from southern Orange County, 108-116.

Brandon Jauregui finished 11th overall with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. Alec Nelson was 15th (15:40), followed by Joey Eledge (23rd, 15:56), Cam McAlister (40th, 16:30) and Kevi Heinemann (41st, 16:31).

Golden Valley runner Seth Totten won the Division II race. Totten blazed in with a three-mile time of 15 minutes, 12 seconds. The Grizzlies who finished behind him were Jonny Tapia (49th, 16:21), Danny Carillo (79th, 16:43), Raziel Morales (84th, 16:46) and Elie Boutros (88th, 16:48).

The Grizzlies finished ninth out of 24 teams with a team time of 1:21.5.

Canyon was another strong performer on both the boys and the girls sides.

Alyssa Selve finished fifth (18:58), Hayley Parkinson stepped in at sixth (19:06) and Jessica Gatton was seventh (19:15). All three made the team's all-time top-20 Mt. SAC list.

The girls scored 64 points to Newbury Park's 62. NPHS is ranked eighth in the CIF-SS Division II and seven teams qualify for the state meet.

The boys team finished third with 127 points. Tommy McGuan finished third (15:44), followed closely by Anthony Pizzo in fourth (15:49).

Among the top performers from the national champion Centurion JV squad were Courtney Wilson, who won the race with a time of 18:52, Alex Hampton at second (18:56), Katie Shirley in third (18:58), Nicole Penick in fourth (19:04) and Amy Haukka in fifth (19:10). Merissa Kado finished eighth (19:17).

Hannah Filas of Canyon was seventh (20:44).

The Cowboys' boys JV took second, led by Tim Snow (third, 17:25).


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