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Dandy Dozen

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Catrina McAlister   Sep 16th 2009, 3:32am
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 **Karis Frankian (Saugus-SS) - The Saugus soph led the powerful crew in the Great Cow run in Cerritos this past weekend, blazing a 17:15 Course Record, pushed closely by her teammates, who deserve a shout-out, Stephanie Bulder 17:17 and Kaylin Mahoney 17:18.  Frankian was top twenty last year as a first year runner in the State Meet Division II, and fifteenth in the State Track Meet over 3200 in the spring, with a 10:41 best at that distance.  It looks like another exciting Fall for the Saugus Centurion squad, with Frankian continuing to be a part of the headlines.
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 *Molly Grabill (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) - The San Diego section star powered into 2009 with a Course Record 10:53.4 at the Bronco Round-Up at the popular Kit Carson facility in Escondido.  She became the first athlete to ever run under 11:00 on the 2.0 mile lay-out, taking down her own CR of 11:06.  Megan Morgan (Torrey Pines) deserves a shout-out, also under the local standard at 11:00.9, just back from representing the USA with a second place in the Junior Race at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy. Grabill was 6th in State Division I last fall in Cross-Country, racing 17:52 at Woodward Park, and was 10:23 in Track for second in the State Meet.  

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 -Colleen Lillig (California, San Ramon-NCS) - North Coast Section star headed into 2009 with a Course Record run of 12:31.62 over the two mile facility at the Monte Vista Invitational at Oakhill Park in Danville.  The Grizzlie senior was seventeenth last year at the State Meet Division I Championships to follow up her NCS title run last Fall in Cross Country, and was twelfth in the State 3200 Finals this past June in Clovis.  She had 4:59 and 10:43 distance bests in the spring and is considered one of the state’s top dozen runners. 
 *Catrina McAlister (Arcadia-SS) - The underclass star was probably the most improved runner in the nation between last Cross-Country and Track and Field.  Afer a non-championship particpatory Fall in 2008 she burst forth with 4:53 and 10:31 distance clockings in the spring and a Section Division I 1600 title.  She charged out this past weekend at the Don Bosco Tech Invite at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale to blaze a 17:19 for three miles on the flat.  With course adjustments due to fire staging areas the course ran a bit faster than in the past at Bosco, with more bike paths than heavy grass, but McAlister’s blazer shows she is for real this Fall, with tests on hillier courses down the road this Fall.
Photo Rich Gonzalez
 -Melissa Skiba (Oak Park-SS) - The senior Ventura County star headed out for her annual Seaside Invitational run this past weekend, with some good results, a 17:39.67 win on a layout measured at 3.09 miles, a bit longer than the 3 mile layout where she raced 17:11.47.  The State runner-up Division III last Fall in the harrier sport seemed happy with time conversions at the meet that had her quicker than 2008 there, with the mild-mannered star looking forward to a successful Fall.  She is the top-ranked Division III runner statewide in the sport, and was sixth place at the State Meet in Track over 3200 at 10:31, with a 5:00 1600 during the season. 
 **Danica Wyson (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo-SS) - Another impressive improver during the 2008-2009 school year, the mitey-mite soph Dyson this past weekend had the fastest time of the day in winning her by-grade contest at the huge Laguna Hills Invitational at 17:45.57. Wyson started moderately during her first high school season of running last Fall, but was red-hot by November, placing fifteenth at the State Meet Division I, then putting together a fine spring, ending seventh in the State Meet 3200 in track at 10:33.  The Aliso Niguel soph finds herself ranked among the State’s top ten runners heading into the 2009-2010 school year. 
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