Saugus XC coach draws attention

Rene Paragas, the Saugus cross country who guided the girls cross country team to its sixth CIF state championship in a row, is featured as one of the Faces in the Crowd in Sports Illustrated this week.

Paragas, a 10th-grade history teacher at Saugus High School, became the first coach to capture six straight state titles in cross country for a boys or girls team. The Saugus girls won the Division II state title.

He also led the Saugus girls to their sixth straight national meet appearance at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore.