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Saugus runs away with it

Centurion boys and girls help rewrite SCV prep record book

Posted: November 6, 2008 10:27 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Saugus' Kaylin Mahoney won her Foothill League finals race at Castaic Lake on Thursday in 17:36.

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History was made Thursday at the Foothill League Cross Country Finals on Thursday at Castaic Lake.

It was etched into the Santa Clarita Valley's high school running record books with authority.

Both Saugus teams continued their recent trend of excellence, with the boys and girls squads winning their third consecutive Foothill League championship.

"This is one of the toughest races of the year," said Saugus head coach Rene Paragas. "Everyone comes to watch this race. Everyone wants to knock off the number one team, which happens to be us."

For the time in both teams' histories, the Golden Valley boys and the West Ranch girls both made it to the CIF-Southern Section Prelims, set for Nov. 15 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Both teams were the overall runners-up in the final league standings.

Also qualifying for the CIF-SS Prelims were the Hart boys and the Canyon girls, both of whom finished third in the overall league standings. The Indians just beat the Vikings, who came in fifth in the league meet and therefore lost the tiebreaker to Hart.

With a three-mile time of 15 minutes, 21 seconds, Centurion Brandon Jauregui became the first boys runner in team history to win an individual title in the Foothill League.

Jauregui won a nip-and-tuck race over Seth Totten of Golden Valley, who also came in at 15:21 but was nanoseconds behind. Saugus runner Alec Nelson (15:42) finished third.

"It was awesome, it got my adrenaline going," Jauregui said. "Alec I decided that I'm going for it."

Anthony Pizzo of Canyon came in fourth (15:52), followed by teammate Thomas McGuan (15:58). Hart's Konrad Antoniuk (16:16) finished sixth, Joey Eledge of Saugus (16:17) was seventh and Falco DiGiallonardo (16:22) finished eighth.

In her league final debut as a varsity runner, Saugus sophomore speedster Kaylin Mahoney won in 17 minutes, 36 seconds.

Finishing strong behind her in pack fashion were teammates Brianna Jauregui (17:39), Anne Randall (17:42), Stephanie Bulder (18:01), Keri Molt (18:03), Amber Murakami (18:05) and Courtney Wilson (18:22).

"No one's ever gone one through seven in league before," Paragas said. "We never won an individual boys race before, so that was big."

Bailey Miller of West Ranch (18:40) finished eighth and Canyon's Hayley Parkinson (18:41) crossed the finish line in ninth. Wildcat Jennifer Owen (18:42) rounded out the top 10.

"The toughest part was the wind," Mahoney said. "The course was a little hard with all the sharp turns."

The Grizzlies won despite having second runner Danny Carrillo disqualified. Coming down the chute toward the finish line, Carrillo stepped in front of Valencia runner DiGiallonardo.

Hart head coach Larry David, who was a league official for the host Indians, made the call.

It did not matter, thanks in part to Golden Valley's depth behind Totten. The Grizzlies were ranked as high as No. 6 in the CIF-SS Division III coaches' poll, while West Ranch was once No. 7 on the Division I-A poll.

"Today was an amazing race," said Grizzlies head coach Chris Evans. "It was the best in school history. Basically, everyone ran their personal bests. Our pack running was in peak form."

West Ranch was just as excited about making the trip to Walnut.

"We had some good freshmen talent come in, including Ashley Welker and Samantha Phillips," said West Ranch head coach Randy Smith. "I still think we'll run well enough to make it to CIF Finals."

Although Saugus dominated, the Centurions head coach remembers when the girls team wasn't as fast.
"I definitely remember when we weren't so great," Paragas said. "My first year here, we were last place. My second year we were fourth. I remember it like it was yesterday. It could definitely happen again. It could be next year. "

But on Thursday, Saugus kept its firm grip on the Foothill League.

The Canyon boys won the junior varsity race. Saugus won both the boys and girls frosh-soph races.

Zach McGraw of Saugus won the JV boys race. Avery McDougal from Golden Valley (17:11) and Christopher Cruz (17:19) followed McGraw to the finish line.

James Snow from Canyon won the boys frosh-soph race with a time of 17:04. He was followed by Sam Goldman from Hart (17:08) and Alex Ruther of Saugus (17:11).

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