Samantha McDonnell (right) and Sadie Engelhardt battled to the very end of the sweepstakes race at the Clovis Invitational before the Alabama-bound McDonnell surged ahead at the finish. (DeAnna Turner photos)
Samantha McDonnell, a senior at Newbury Park (SS) and recent Alabama commit, rolled to the title at the 42nd Clovis Invitational, out-sprinting freshman superstar Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura (SS) to the line, crossing in 17:02.1 over the 5K course at Woodward Park.
In recognition of her accomplishment, McDonnell was voted as CA's Girls Cross Country Performer of the Week for the week ending Oct. 9, receiving 51.25 percent of the vote in a statewide poll. Engelhardt was second in the voting with 25.62 percent.
Vote for this week's CA Girls Cross Country Performer of the Week based on last week's meet results through Oct. 16. Voting closes Friday at 9 p.m.
Each week we will put seven on the line and leave it up to you to select the most deserving athlete through your votes. Please vote for this week's top performer.