Buchanan High split in streaks Thursday in the Central Section Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park.
The Bears' boys knew they had to deliver their A game to extend a Division I title streak to five against a Stockdale team that was slightly favored.
And while Buchanan scored exceptionally well on the 3.1-mile course with Cody Brazeal (second, 15 minutes, 40 seconds), C.J. Albertson (fourth, 15:48) and Josh Orosco (fifth, 15:52), their support collapsed in a 16-point loss to the Mustangs.
"We ran really bad, and I have no idea why – none whatsoever," said coach Brian Weaver in a reversal for a program that had established a history of peaking for elite meets in November.
Albertson arrived top-ranked in the state's D-I and with a personal best of 14:51 at Woodward, but he awoke with a sore left foot Wednesday and struggled to the wire. He said he suspects the discomfort is the result of a bruise on the bottom of the foot, and that he should be fine for the 25th running of the CIF State Championships here Nov. 26.
Sophomore Blake Haney of Stockdale (15:37), meanwhile, outkicked Brazeal in the final 200 yards while powering the Mustangs to the first section boys championship in cross country for a Bakersfield school in 40 years.
Buchanan's girls continued one of the most remarkable title streaks in section history – in any sport. And they did it without a senior.
"They were aware of it and they didn't want to be the one to lose it," Weaver said after the Hagen Reedy-powered group scored 55 points to beat fellow Tri-River Athletic Conference members Clovis West (79), Clovis East (82) and Clovis (89) for a 12th straight D-I crown.
Reedy, a year after placing second to teammate Macy Bricks as a sophomore, wasn't pushed while winning in 17:44.
This occurred six days after Reedy captured the TRAC championship with a personal-record 17:33 at the same venue.
And the slight drop in time was consistent across the board on a day warm temperatures (low 70s) and a dry course appeared to have an impact. Temperatures in the 60s with a damp, packed sandy trail are considered ideal.
"I wanted to be faster today," Reedy said, "but I was really happy to get first. That kind of makes up for the time a little bit."
Regardless, she remains primed for the state finals.
"I want to win Division I and get top three overall," Reedy said a year after placing 27th in the state D-I race at 18:23.
Buchanan also scored with sophomore Maddy Nikkel (third, 18:56), junior Myleigh Bricks (15th, 19:47) and freshmen Hannah Banoit (19:52) and Josie Frye (20:03).
- Clovis North's girls, a week after winning their first TRAC title in any sport, ran away with the D-II championship for the second year in a row behind freshman Kelsee Potorff (fifth, 19:19), senior Sarah Aghazeynali (sixth, 19:20), sophomores Leigh Moffett (eighth, 19:32) and Christine Padilla (19:40), and junior Katie Sandoval (19:43).
- Sierra Pacific of Hanford, in D-V girls, won its first section title in any sport as freshmen Anais Gonzalez (22:21), Gillian Myers (23:07) and Idalis Rubalcava (23:51) ran 2-5-6.
- Robert Leija (16:21) won a second straight D-IV gold medal while leading Parlier to a repeat team title.