Runner’s aggressiveness pays off

first_img Brittany Jones finished second in the sophomore race, completing the 3-mile course in 19:43. The Cowboys held on despite the disqualification of seniors Kaelyn English and Brenda Cohen, who built a significant lead, then ran off the poorly marked course. Three Canyon runners finished in the top five in the sophomore race, Saugus’ girls, with Shannon Murakami winning the junior race and Katie Dunn the sophomore race, finished third. Canyon’s boys were second, led by Stephen Kent, who finished third in the junior race. Each team’s top three finishers in three of four races – one for each grade – counted in the point totals, with the worst mark thrown out. Time well spent: Canyon was scheduled to run at the Kenny Staub/John Barnes Invitational last Saturday at La Crescenta Park, but the meet was postponed until today because of smoke from area fires. Stephen Kent still ran, competing in a local 5K race. Kent finished third with a personal-record time of 16:15. His father, Mike, won his age group in the same race. Canyon will not run at the Staub today because it comes one day after the Dos Pueblos Invitational. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hart High’s Katie Kuykendall won her first race of the season, the Sept. 30 College Park Invitational in Oxnard, thanks to a pep talk from Indians coach Larry David. “It was a good race for her,” David said. “She did what we’d been talking about, trying to get her a little more aggressive and more confident. She responded to that challenge. She moved away in the first mile and built on her lead from there.” Kuykendall covered the three-mile course in 19 minutes, 20 seconds. She won by only five seconds, but the victory was never really in doubt. The second-place finisher made a late charge, but Kuykendall, who finished 15th at the first Foothill League meet the previous week, had built an insurmountable early lead. David called Kuykendall’s first Foothill race, in which she ran 21:49, “flat.” “I think she felt she could be higher up in league than that,” David said. “This was a good race for her to be more aggressive, because she had nothing to lose, and if she did well, it would be a confidence boost.” Hart’s girls’ team won the team title. Its final three scorers – Francine Jaramillo, Christine Jaramillo and Jessica Humphrey – finished 13th through 15th and only four seconds apart. Hart’s boys won the first Foothill League meet Sept. 22, placing five runners in the top 10. Alfredo Coronado won the three-mile race in 15:44. Schedule change: Wednesday’s Foothill League meet at Central Park has been moved to 2 p.m., with varsity races starting at 3 p.m. The race will start an hour earlier to finish before sunset, in accordance with Yom Kippur. Canyon wins in Goleta: Canyon’s girls won Friday’s Dos Pueblos of Goleta Invitational, using strong performances by its seniors, juniors and sophomores to claim the title. last_img

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