September 23, 2017
DANA POINT – South Orange County’s premier cross country invitational produced record results for two of South County’s best.
Dana Hills senior Jack Landgraf became the first runner to win three Dana Hills Invitational races with his third straight Division 1 boys senior/invitational title, and Capistrano Valley senior Haley Herberg set a meet record by edging out a victory in the Division 1 girls senior/invitational Saturday at Dana Hills High.
Landgraf got out early in the day’s first race and maintained a steady lead throughout to win with a personal record time of 14:17.9. It was nearly an 11-second improvement on his time set as a sophomore in the same event.
“Honestly, it’s just amazing,” Landgraf said. “Our state is such a competitive state, and our area is such a competitive area. The fact that I can come in and win it is just… I’m just thankful.”
Landgraf paced the way for Dana Hills as the Dolphins put five runners in the top 16 and six runners under 15 minutes to win the boys team title by a 77-point margin. Dana Hills junior Simon Fuller also set a personal record in fifth place at 14:32.4.
“I was making a bet with my coach,” Landgraf said. “He thought that only three guys were going to go under (15 minutes). I knew that our team was training so hard. Not saying he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, I’m just saying I trust these guys because they’re all amazing runners.”
Newport Harbor’s Alexis Garcia posted a personal record of 14:27.8 for a third-place finish.
Herberg turned in one of the day’s more exciting finishes.
Herberg and La Costa Canyon’s Kristin Fahy came downhill onto the track at even footing. Halfway around the loop, Herberg found her extra gear to kick ahead and beat Fahy by 1.5 seconds with a meet record, 16:51.1.
“I just wanted to really go for it,” Herberg said. “Sometimes I’ve kind of doubted how good of a kicker I am. It’s kind of mental. I just have to believe that I can kick and win.”
Herberg cut the meet and senior record by 15 seconds. Fahy’s time of 16:16.6 was the junior meet record.
Capo Valley senior Alyssa Bautista bounced back from a fall at last week’s Woodbridge Classic for a ninth-place finish at 17:10.6