I run a few times a week, sometimes when chased by Arlington County’s proletariat, other times to keep up with my schizophrenic dog. I’m slow – alas, my stubby legs can’t stretch out into a gazelle-like stride.
Unlike Sarah Baxter, a teenager from Simi Valley, Calif., who ran the 3-mile Mt. SAC Cross-Country Invitational in 16:00 on Saturday – breaking the 11-year-old record of 16:16. The girls’ runner-up finished more than a minute afterward – 17:08.
When The Press-Enterprise of Riverside County asked an opposing coach whether he tells his runners to chase her, the coach replied: “We’re not even going to try.” Good strategy, since his team won the girls team competition.
Mt. SAC is a highlight in California’s prep cross-country season – a semi-famous course known for its challenging switchbacks and steep inclines. The name of one of the hills – “Poop Out” – says it all. Here’s a little good video of her finish and the excitement that swept this crowd: