Saugus girls’ team making a run at getting to state meet

first_img Next in line: The annual Santa Clarita middle-school cross-country meet was held Wednesday. Amber Murakami, Shannon’s younger sister, finished fourth, 36 seconds behind winner Hayley Parkinson of Sierra Vista. “I think (me and Amber) are comparable,” said Shannon Murakami, who finished second to former Southern Section Div. I champion Brooke Russell in the meet as an eighth-grader. “We run the same. Like me (in middle school), she isn’t training every day. She’s going to be awesome. We’re very competitive siblings.” Good move: Adam McDonald, who won the 2004 Foothill League individual title as a junior at Canyon High but moved to Utah earlier this year, has accepted a scholarship to Southern Utah. “He’s real excited,” Canyon coach Paul Broneer said. “It’ll be a good fit for him.” McDonald won the Utah’s Div. 5A cross-country individual title in October, leading Mountain View High to its ninth consecutive team championship. Southern Utah has won 12 Mid-Continent Conference titles since coach Eric Houle, the brother of McDonald’s current high school coach, took over in 1992. The Thunderbirds won the 1999 NCAA Mountain Regional; they finished 12th in that competition this year. Suspension: Canyon’s Amanda Mockenhaupt, who finished 28th in the team’s race at Southern Section prelims, will not race today because of disciplinary reasons. She will be replaced by Tia Blythe, the 15th-place finisher at the Foothill League finals. 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! The Saugus High girls’ cross-country team has never advanced to the state meet. It has a good chance to change that today. The top seven teams in today’s Southern Section Div. I final at Mt. San Antonio College will advance to next week’s state championship at Woodward Park in Fresno. Saugus High posted the third-best time and second among Div. I schools at the Southern Section prelims on Nov. 12, also held at Mt. SAC. Shannon Murakami, seeking her first Southern Section title, ran the best individual time (17 minutes, 20 seconds) by 24 seconds over the 2.91-mile course at prelims. This may be the Centurions’ best chance to run in Fresno since the inaugural championship in 1987. Saugus had one of the best teams in California that year, but its postseason was halted by a tragic car accident on Halloween, one week before the Southern Section prelims. Saugus’ star runner, Heather Scobie, and teammate Shana Bird were injured when the car they were riding in on the Sierra Highway was struck by another vehicle. Both Saugus runners were hospitalized just two days after Saugus won a league title. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Scobie had internal bleeding and required emergency abdominal surgery to repair four tears in her intestines, according to a Daily News article on the accident. This year’s Saugus team has been hurt by injuries, but none nearly as serious. Sophomore Katie Dunn had to take two weeks off before the Foothill League finals, but finished third in that race; she followed up that performance by finishing sixth in her heat at last week’s Southern Section prelims. Alyssa Vaziri was injured in a pumpkin-carving accident and didn’t run at the Foothill League finals or Southern Section prelims. She was replaced in the latter race by freshman Keri Molt, the Foothill junior-varsity champion. Molt finished 22nd in her heat at Southern Section prelims, her first varsity race. Saugus’ No. 3 runner, senior Chelsea Johnstone, is starting to improve after a midseason slump that coach Rene Paragas said he thinks was caused by a blood donation, something he called, “the opposite of blood doping.” Johnstone finished 14th in her prelim heat after finishing 10th at league finals. Erin Ortega, who finished ninth in the freshman girls’ race at the season-opening Seaside Invitational, has recovered from pneumonia and is expected to race today. last_img

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