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He's qualified because: Represented a story perhaps unmatched in the section, ranging from failing to finish the prestigious Clovis Invitational in October to finishing eighth in the Central Section D-I race in 16:09.
Became one of eight Central Section runners to break 16 minutes for the season by clocking 15:59 at the CIF State meet.
He said it: "He was disappointed when his energy level gave out and he dropped out of the Clovis Invitational. After that, he really worked through it and approached races different mentally. He knocked down 10 seconds every race and for him to finish under 16 minutes at state was huge, a great victory for him." – Cougars coach Bill Buettner