Saturday, Nov. 24 two Oakdale High School cross country runners traveled to Fresno for the 2018 CIF State Cross Country Championship.
Freshman Haleigh Humble and junior Kayden Legan competed at Woodward Park for the 3.1 mile (five kilometers) Division III Girls race. The race featured 214 of the fastest runners in the state. Humble earned a 30th place overall finish and Legan finished just 10 seconds behind her and finished 39th overall.
Humble, who set school records in her first year of high school action, completed the race in 19:15.
“It’s surreal, honestly it still hasn’t sank in all the way,” said Humble on her top 40 finish.
Legan finished her race at 19:25.
“Kayden has been a big part of our team’s success this season, as well as mine. Having her motivate and mentor me my first season has meant a lot to me,” said Humble.
The two prepared for their big run by practicing in Sonora, taking advantage of the hilly terrain.
“We had a difficult week of training due to the poor air quality, we had to drive up to Sonora twice this (past) week to get training in, and for these girls to perform the way they did is just amazing,” said head coach Guy Fowler. “These girls trained hard all year, they are good students, they have great parents and they are fun to be around … it was just wonderful to end the season on such high note. Both girls have earned some time off, but not too much because track season is just around the corner.”
Both runners plan on competing in track for OHS next spring.