It was the veteran and rookie, the established star and arrival of a new one.
It was Buchanan High senior Hagen Reedy and Clovis freshman Mikayla Sodersten, hoisting the banner for Clovis Unified and the Central Section and making profound statements in the state as well.
That's how good they were Saturday at the Asics Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park, the 34th edition of a 165-school, 3,000-runner meet that attracts many of the state's -- and sometimes, nation's -- finest.
Reedy figures prominently in that conversation, winning last year's state Division I crown, and especially after blowing away Saturday's Championship Division on a refreshingly cool morning in 16 minutes, 59 seconds over a 3.1-mile course.
The time is a section record -- replacing Mission Prep four-time state champion Jordan Hasay's 17:05 (2007) -- and the fifth sub-17-minute girls mark in the history of Woodward, which has staged all 25 state championships.
Reedy, in 60-degree conditions, blasted her previous personal record of 17:27, which won the 2011 state D-I gold. And, remarkably, she did so Saturday without being pushed in a wire-to-wire, 16-second victory.
"Coming in, I was thinking I'd be pretty content with a 10-second PR," said the student with a 4.0 GPA. "But 30 seconds and 10 seconds is a big difference. I'm extremely happy."
As was Buchanan coach Brian Weaver: "Her goal this season was to break 17 minutes, and it all came together for her, just earlier than we thought. Well, she already has the goal, so she needs to change it to another one; you have to put one out there."
Reedy also propelled Buchanan to the Championship Division team title with a five-runner total of 1 hour, 32.18 seconds -- an average of 18:27 -- and yet another section record.
Sophomores Hannah Banoit (23rd, 18:43), Miranda Kennedy (24th, 18:44) and Josie Frye (40th, 19:06) and junior Justice Hinojosa (34th, 19:01) also contributed as the Bears broke their section standard of 1:32.34 in 2010, when they placed third in state D-I.
Sodersten, at 14, clocked 17:41, missing by 1 second a victory in the girls' Extra Large School Division.
In her first prep appearance on the course, she nearly ruled, leading by 15 meters after a mile; by 20 meters after 2 miles; and for all but the final 50 meters. It was then that Amador Valley senior Jena Pianin -- a fifth-place finisher in last year's state D-I race -- ran her down to win in 17:40.
Sodersten's mark is a Clovis' freshman class record, No. 2 in the section to Hasay (17:11) for a freshman and eighth-best for any freshman in Woodward annals. The time would have been ninth-best among girls of all classes and divisions at last year's state meet.
"Oh my gosh, I really did not expect to run that fast or beat a lot of these girls," said the sister of Hannah Sodersten, the recently graduated Clovis East golf and badminton standout now playing golf at Fresno State.
"She's the natural athlete; I thought she'd be the star of the family," said the younger sister, hardly allowing that she is about to be one herself. "Watch me play golf, and I won't even hit the ball; I'll miss it."
- Junior Leigh Moffett placed fifth in the Championship Division at 17:51, leading Clovis North to a seventh-place finish.
- Clovis West received a fourth from Taylor Samson (18:37), 11th from Katie Grootendorst (18:58) and 14th from Kaitlyn Pacheco (19:07) to finish third in the Large School Division.
- Bullard's Ali Teliha (18:05) followed Sodersten to the wire for third place in the Extra Large Division.
- Clovis North's Connor Nolen (18th, 15:50) and Buchanan's Carter Duerksen (19th, 15:53), competing in the Championship Division, produced the best times among section boys.
- Tulare's Kyle Miller placed fourth (15:57) in the Medium School Division.
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