'22 XC RUNNER OF THE WEEK POLL
Eastlake (SD) freshman Jaelyn Williams took charge early and finished strong in winning the Division 1 girls elite race at the Mt. Carmel Invitational. (Phil Grooms photo)
Williams, a freshman, blew away the field to win the Division 1 senior/invitational race at the Mt. Carmel Invitational, running 18:13.6 over the 3-mile layout at Morley Field in San Diego.
Each week we will put seven athletes on the line and leave it up to you to select the overall XC Runner of the Week. Our objective each week will be to select top performers from across the state. Some weeks, like this past weekend, top invitationals may warrant multiple representatives in our top seven Runner of the Week choices.
Be sure to vote in the MileSplit Picks window below the candidate list.
This week's candidates (listed alphabetically by last name)
Ashlyn Boothby (Scotts Valley/CC) - The junior was a 20-second winner in the varsity girls fast race at the Ram Invitational, running 15:54 over the 2.7-mile campus course at Westmoor HS in Daly City.
Chiara Dailey (La Jolla/SD) - The freshman continues to impress, running the 3-mile course at Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club in 17:42.90 to win the varsity girls race by nearly 17 seconds at the Carlsbad Grit & Grin Invitational.
Phoebe Lyons (Dos Pueblos/SS) - The senior was the fastest girl on the course and a 25-second winner at the Raider Invitational, running 18:41.36 on the 3-mile College Park course in Oxnard.
Allura Markow (Dana Hills/SS) - The senior held off a strong challenge to win her home showcase, the Dana Hills Invitational, running the iconic 3-mile DHHS campus course in 16:38.30 to win the invitational race by 1.5 seconds.
Paige Quigley (St. Francis/SJ) - The senior was the fastest CA girl at the Jessup Invitational, running 20:26.40 to place second overall on the 3.2-mile course at William Jessup University in Rocklin.
Sydney Sundgren (Buchanan/SS) - The senior was a 15-second winner in the varsity girls race at the Douglas P. Rudolf Invitational, running 17:02.67 on the 5K course at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia.
Hanne Thomsen (Montgomery/NC) - The sophomore was a runaway winner at Portland XC in a time of 16:49.20 to win by nearly 50 seconds on the 5K course at Blue Lake Park in suburban Fairview, Oregon.
Photos by Phil Grooms and Jeffrey Parenti