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Saugus girls ranked No. 3 in nation

Centurions trail two N.Y. teams in polls

Posted: August 28, 2008 12:56 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2008 5:02 a.m.

One of the best high school teams in the nation resides right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Saugus High School girls cross country team was ranked No. 3 in Harrier Magazine's national rankings, released on Sunday.

Fayetteville-Manlius High School, the team from New York that beat Saugus 83-171 in last season's Nike
Team National meet, was the top-ranked team this season.

Another team from New York, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, is ranked second.

"Some of the girls are upset," Saugus head coach Rene Paragas said. "The team they ranked ahead of us is the one we beat. They're competitive, so they're not satisfied."

The national ranking is the highest Saugus has enjoyed in the history of its progam. The previous highest was before last season, when the Centurions were 11th.

"It's a vindication of the success of our program," Paragas said. "We haven't lost a meet in Southern California in two years."

The Centurions return four out of seven top-flight runners from last season's national championships, including Kaylin Mahoney, Anne Randall, Brianna Jauregui and Keri Molt. In the national meet last year in Portland, Ore., Mahoney finished seventh with a time of 19 minutes, 23.5 seconds. Randall was 34th (20:09.5) and Jauregui came in 61st (20:40.8).

Saugus is the defending CIF-SS state champions, after they set the course record at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Centurions beat Esperanza High of Anaheim, 56-126, to win the state meet.

Mahoney finished seventh (17:47), the No. 11 all-time best freshman time. Amber Murakami, a junior, was 19th (18:24) and Randall was 21st (18:25).


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