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Sierras Oblin establishes new school record at state
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Sierra sophomore Megan Oblin set a school record with her 23rd-place finish in the CIF State Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin

FRESNO — Megan Oblin made a good first impression in her inaugural CIF State Championships race at Woodward Park on Saturday.

She placed 23rd out of 204 competitors in Division III and clocked a new school record time of 18 minutes, 36.5 seconds. The old record was previously held by Cherise McNair (18:38).

Oblin wasn’t alone Saturday. Joining her was fellow Sierra sophomore Jesse Hurtado, who took 65th in 16:21. Making a return trip was Weston Ranch senior Tomas Huerta, who finished 25th out of 192 in 16:11.2. Huerta goes out with a personal best time after checking in at 16:15 for 32nd place last year.

It was a remarkable year for the local trio. 

Oblin and Hurtado paced Sierra to a repeat as dual Valley Oak League team champions. Oblin won all three league races to earn an individual title, as did Huerta on the boys side.

The 30th annual CIF State Championships was highlighted by record-breaking efforts from Division IV girls champion Claudia Lane (16:45) of Malibu and Cooper Teare (14:59) of St. Joseph Notre Dame in Division V boys.

Great Oak’s girls team captured a fifth consecutive state title with its win in the Division I competition, while the Flintridge Prep girls made it three straight in Division V. Great Oak also won in Division I boys, while Claremont (Division II) and Foothill Technology (Division IV) also swept for boys and girls titles.