Last December at John Hunt Park was a day to remember.
While the RunningLane XC Championships is famous for its fast course, the muddy and slick conditions last year made the racing more difficult -- though who's really complaining?
It was true cross country.
From the get-go, the girls charged out of their boxes fast. For the first mile, Oaks Christian's Payton Godsey led with a 5:26 split.
With a final surge, the Californian separated herself from the front pack -- ahead of New York favorite Zariel Macchia -- in the last 1K.
Creating more distance between herself and Macchia, Godsey pushed to the tape for the last kick, crossing the line at 17:28.30, six seconds ahead of Macchia.
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