It was a big opening night for the Great Oak (CA) girls at Arcadia.
The squad was easily the top-ranked distance squad entering the meet, but the Wolfpack couldn't just cruise on their laurels. They had to produce.
But that's exactly what they did, engineering two US No. 1 winning times of 9:05.34 in the 4x800 and 20:09.46 in the 4x1600.
Anchored by Tori Gaitan in the 4x1600, the Wolfpack dispatched a sneaky-good Pine Crest (FL) squad that finished about 200 meters back in 20:24.73.
And the team also produced in the 4x800, narrowly escaping a solid Santa Cruz (CA) team that followed in second in 9:08.84 and Lee's Summit West (9:16.81), which traveled west from Missouri. Noted distance squad Chandler (AZ) was fourth in 9:18.05.