Those were the words Karis Frankian spoke just seconds after her dominant victory. After four runner-up finishes between her freshman and junior track seasons, the Saugus senior finally struck gold at the highly-competitive Foothill League Cross Country Championships on Thursday afternoon. Her winning time of 17 minutes, 59 seconds shattered former teammate Stephanie Bulder’s one-year old course record by a whopping 18 seconds.
While Frankian battled the clock up front, teammate Jenay Jauregui was busy fighting a battle of her own. With the Southern Section and State Championships coming up, it was crucial the senior close the gap between Frankian and herself for the five-time defending section and state champions and that she did. Jauregui looked fantastic, perhaps the best she’s looked since her 10th-place finish at the state finals last November, blazing through the hilly course in 18:19, two seconds shy of Bulder’s former record and just 20 seconds behind reigning champion and four-year teammate Frankian.
Behind Jauregui, another Lady Centurion in Jordan McCall continued to raise eyebrows. Despite a conservative start through the first mile, the senior moved up through the pack slowly but confidently, finally pulling ahead of Golden Valley’s Chelsey Totten, who finished fourth, with less than 600 meters remaining, completing a 1-3 sweep for Saugus.
Frankian, Jauregui and McCall’s performances were very impressive; however, nothing came close to the extraordinary show Heidi Hoslet put on at the junior varsity level less than two hours before. Showing great determination, heart and will throughout the entire race, the junior blazed through the course in an unbelievable mark of 18:46. Her near-solo effort would have placed her an outstanding fifth in the varsity campaign on Thursday afternoon and ranks her 12th in course history. Although the Lady Centurions dominated the varsity girls race without Hoslet, putting six in the top eight, the juniors performance not added to Saugus’ team time proved to be crucial. Last November, Stephanie Bulder (18:17), Danielle Hernando (18:29), Kaylin Mahoney (18:31), Alex Hampton (18:45) and Frankian (18:39) combined to set a new course record of 92 minutes, 44 seconds on the challenging course. On Thursday, Frankian (17:59), Jauregui (18:19), McCall (18:37), Emily McCarty (18:56) and Katie Hutington ran a team time of 92:51, just seven seconds shy of last year’s record. Add Hoslet’s time into the equation, though, and you have a new course record by six seconds, 92:38 to be exact. Either way, the performance by the Saugus girls in all three races was historical.
In the varsity girls race, Saugus won its sixth consecutive Foothill League championship, adding another chapter to their dynasty. Individually, Karis Frankian continued the Cents string of individual titles, which dates back to Shannon Murakami’s 2005 triumph. Another impressive feat continued this fall. Saugus has taken at least the top three spots at the varsity level since 2007, quite an accomplishment considering some great runners have come through the valley. In the frosh/soph girls event, the ladies in blue and white won an impressive seventh straight championship over a young, talented West Ranch squad. Meanwhile, Abigail Frankian won the individual title, becoming the first pair of siblings, along with Karis, to win league championships in the same year since Brenda and Wendy Cohen of Canyon High pulled off the impressive feat in November 2004. The last pair of siblings to win individually at the varsity girls level was Whitney Russell in 1999 and sister Brooke in 2003 and 2004. Last but not least, Saugus set a record in the junior varsity race, finishing in the top 15 places. The previous record was set in last year’s second Foothill League meet, where the squad went 1-14. The Lady Cents also won their sixth team championship in row.
On a day when two original members of the first men's volleyball team to scuff The MacArthur Center floor were celebrated, The Master's men's volleyball team swept Arizona Christian Saturday 25-19, 25-15, 25-23.
Recently retired College of the Canyons women's basketball coach Greg Herrick, who guided the program to 611 career wins, has been selected for induction into the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Playing for the third time in five days, the CSUN women's tennis team extended its longest winning streak since 2015 to nine as the Matadors defeated Chaminade 7-0. CSUN's nine-dual winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest in school history with the 2006 and 2015 teams.
With the lifting of county, state and federal COVID-19 emergency orders, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to ensure easy access to free vaccines, boosters, tests and therapeutics.
Due to the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents that bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers after the rainfall. Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger hosted an intimate reception honoring several local artists affiliated with Tierra del Sol, a non-profit organization based in Sunland that helps individuals with developmental disabilities hone their skills in the arts and discover career opportunities.
In alignment with both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will change to weekly reporting of COVID-19 case, hospitalization and death data. The last day of daily reporting will be today, Tuesday, March 28. Starting the week of April 3, COVID-19 data will be reported weekly.
California State Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) expressed frustration at the Senate Public Safety Committee’s failure to advance a bill he coauthored aimed at bringing accountability to the fentanyl crisis.
Longtime festival favorites and thrilling newcomers highlight the performance schedule at the 27th Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which will be held Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, in Old Town Newhall.
Come to Placerita Nature Center Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and meet the Animal Ambassadors who live in the canyon. Learn what the animals eat, where they live, their physical attributes and much more.
The California State University, Northridge David Nazarian College of Business and Economics invites the public to the eighth Annual Jeff Marine Bull Ring New Venture Competition on Thursday, April 20, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Los Angeles County’s declaration of a local public health emergency for COVID-19 ends on March 31. That means changes in some programs but many services will continue to be available to support L.A. County residents.
SNAP Sports, a nonprofit adaptive sports program for special needs athletes will hold a wine tasting fundraiser Wednesday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Salt Creek Grille, 24415 Town Center Drive #115, Valencia, CA 91355.
Calling all teens and tweens: The city of Santa Clarita Public Library presents FanFest. FanFest is back and will be held Friday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country, CA 91351.
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