La Jolla Viking Takes the CIF State Cross Country Championship

Chiara Dailey

Chiara Dailey

“…I had to adjust my strategy quickly,” said the La Jolla High School sophomore, who led her team to a third place finish. “I was looking forward to racing her — I run better with competition.”

Dailey sped out to a 6-second lead after a mile, more than doubled it at 2 miles when she had to dodge a pickup truck while crossing the road and then coasted in for the victory in 17:09.2 to win by 22.4 seconds.

“I wanted to break 17 minutes, but once I got the big lead, I didn’t push the last mile,” said Dailey, who improved by 21 seconds over her second place finish a year ago. Earlier this season she clocked a 17:07 at the Clovis Invitational…”

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