The return of Sarah Baxter was one of the big storylines at the massive Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday, but how about her Simi Valley teammates?
Simi Valley rose from 24th to 10th last week in the Powerade FAB 50 with Baxter back in the lineup and then put 51 points on the board to win the sweepstakes team title, finishing ahead of US#2 La Costa Canyon CA and US#6 Xavier Prep AZ.
Race recaps, results, photos and videos are all in from a meet that saw 16,000 runners take part. It was also another strong outing from Karlie Garcia, who ran 17:01 on the three-mile course on Friday.
Darren Fahy of La Costa Canyon and the US#4 Rancho Cucamonga boys were also big winners.
In state meet action on Saturday, the nationally ranked Bozeman Hawks dominated the Montana meet in Missoula, sweeping the boys and girls titles.
In North Dakota, Jake Leingang ran the fast 5K time in meet history, going 14:59.8 and leading US#12 Bismarck to a near-perfect 17-point victory.
In South Dakota, US#5 individual Tony Smoragiewicz repeated as individual champion, while sophomore Addison DeHaven (son of marathon great Rod DeHaven) continued to emerge as a future star.
In Nebraska, Lincoln North's standout freshman Jeralyn Poe ran the third-fastest time in state meet history over 4K (14:38.5).
Further east, Bronxville star Mary Cain ran the 10th fastest time ever on the Bowdoin course in New York.