Hasay, Dunbar race to wins at Mt. SAC. Saugus and Dana Hills claim team crowns.
Mission Prep wunderkind Jordan Hasay posted the second fastest time ever at Mt. SAC, a 16:27, en route to winning the Girls' Individual Sweepstakes Race. San Clemete junior Alex Dunne (16:48) and Rancho Bernardo sophomore Molly Grabill (16:54) rode Hasay's heels to impressive sub-17 clockings as well. Amber Trotter set the course record of 16:16 in 2001.
Hasay took the lead before the group took the first corner into the valley loop and crossed the mile mark in 5:09. The second group of girls, led by Arizona's Xavier Prep, junior Jessica Tonn, Dunne, Grabill and Casa Grande junior Jacque Taylor crossed the mile mark in 5:14. Dunne moved into second at the switchbacks with Tonn in third followed by Grabill and Taylor. Dunne pressed the pace and moved to within 4 seconds of Hasay at the two mile mark, but Hasay pushed forward for her fourth straight Mt. Sac win.
Trevor Dunbar (Sr., Kodiak) reaffirmed his stauts as the top runner in the West right now with his performance. Dunbar, who set course records at the Alaska State finals and the adidas Classic in Oregon, eased away from Chris Schwartz (14:46) and Zack Torres (14:50) to win in the Boys' Individual Sweeps race in 14:41 for the 3.0-mile course.
Dunbar (Pictured left in photo by Margot Kelly) and Schwartz from Foothills High traded the lead a few times. Emmanuel Ngula (Sr, Vista Del Lago) was in front at the half mile mark with Schwartz in second followed by Dunbar. Schwartz fell to fourth place at the mile mark but surged to the front at the top of the switchbacks. Dunbar took the lead before entering the airstrip with Schwartz right on his heals followed by Ngula (15:00) and Torres (Sr, Crescenta Valley). Dunbar increased his lead throughout the rest of the race.
Elias Gedyon (So., Loyola), running in a separate race, posted a class record 14:48, the third fastest time of the day. Gedyon's Loyola (159) team could only manage a fifth-place finish, however, in the Boys' Team Sweepstakes behind team champion Dana Hills (91), Thousand Oaks (128), Buchanan (130) and Arcadia (145).
In the Girls' Team Sweepstakes Race, Saugus continued to prove it is the best in California, if not in the nation, dominating with a record team time and only 24 points to easily defeat runner-up Dana Hills (68) and Torrey Pines (100). Sophomore Kaylin Mahoney led the Saugus assault, winning in 17:13 as Saugus claimed four of the top six positions.
On the basis of depth alone, Saugus has a good chance of moving to MileSplit US #1 when the polls are released Tuesday. Not only did the Saugus girls dominate the Team Sweepstakes, but it owned the JV National Championships as well, grabbing the top five spots for a perfect score of 15
Pictured: Kaylin Mahoney, placing first in the Team Sweepstakes, leading Saugus to a first place victory.
Margot Kelly, calrunners.com, a MileSplit.us affiliate, contributed to this report. All photos by Margot Kelly.
Day 1 Recap
By Margot Kelly (calrunners.com, a milesplit.us affiliate)
Celebrating it's 61st year, the Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational has come a long way since it's start in 1948 with ten schools (only boys) participating on the 1.2 mile course. In 1965 a new 3 mile more spectator friendly course was redesigned with added hills (Poop-Out) and some "switchbacks" but it wasn't until the 1970's when girls and women started running in the event. Each year the Mt. Sac Invitational has grown in size and in the number of races needed to accommodate all the runners. This event this weekend is host to 570 teams and 20,000 athletes not including the 5,800 Junior College runners last weekend or the Middle and Junior High runners this weekend.
Photos by Margot Kelly (calrunners.com, a milesplit.us affiliate)