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Record runs and surprises

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012


Runners leave the starting line during the Pajaro Valley Athletic League cross-country championship meet on Monday at Aptos Junior High School. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)


APTOS — Aptos Junior High runner Annika McBride never imagined she would be a record holder, especially on a cross-country course as tough as the one that goes in and around the school.

But when she crossed the finish line Monday afternoon, she became the new course record holder for girls and the Pajaro Valley Athletic League eighth grade girls champion.

McBride won the race with a time of 13 minutes, 14 seconds, breaking the record set by Aptos’ Matti Peoples last year by nine seconds.

“I was hoping that I would break it, but I didn’t know if I could break it,” McBride said. “I didn’t run last year, so I didn’t have a time set.”

McBride was one of several league champions crowned Monday during the league finals.

The weather cooperated, unlike last year, where soggy conditions slowed down the runners.

The only thing that slowed the runners this year was the grueling trek up the stairs toward the final 1,600 meters of the race.

McBride hadn’t taken part in last year’s race because she played in other sports. She wanted to give it a go this year, and she’s glad she did.

“Things were different, seeing that all my other teammates had run before,” McBride said.

Aptos took the top seven spots in the race. Sydney Livingston was second at 14:58. Jessica Rayburn finished third at 15:36.

Aptos’ Collin Robins won the eighth grade boys race with a time of 12:20. It’s the second time in as many years he won the league championship race.

The result surprised him.

“I thought I was going to get second,” Robins said. “I just ran hard, and I kept running hard.”



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