Since 2003, no individual from a Bay Area high school has won the California Interscholastic Federation Division I boys cross country championship race.
De La Salle High's Blair Hurlock is aiming to end that streak.
Fresh from his North Coast Section championships performance that broke a 12-year-old course record, Hurlock is direct about his goal for Saturday's Division I boys state championship race on the 3.1-mile course at Woodward Park in Fresno.
"I'm not going for a specific time," Hurlock said. "I'm going for the win."
The Division I state championship boys race, which no East Bay runner has won since James Logan's Yosef Ghebray 10 years ago, starts at 9:40 a.m. The state meet begins with the Division I girls race at 8:30 a.m. and ends with the Division V boys race at 1:25 p.m.
At the NCS meet last Saturday, Hurlock finished the 3.0-mile Hayward High course in 14 minutes, 30 seconds to capture the Division I championship. It broke the previous course record, set by two-time Division II state champion Yong-Sung Leal of Arroyo in 2001, by four seconds.
"I knew I was going to run fast because we are on the upswing," Hurlock said. "I think I was surprised how fast it was. It's definitely encouraging to see how fast the time was."
"That kind of time should make him feel he can race for the win" at the state championships, De La Salle coach John Pelster said after Hurlock's race.
Hurlock ran the majority of the race alone, which probably won't be the case Saturday.
"He is able to push himself on his own in those race situations ... the kid can run hard all by himself," Pelster said. "That is a unique quality."
PrepCalTrack.com ranks Hurlock third in the state this week in Division I behind Tal Braude of Torrey Pines-San Diego and Blake Haney of Stockdale-Bakersfield, who are tied for the top spot.
It will be the first time Hurlock has raced in the state championships. As a freshman, he finished 13th in the 2010 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys race for Tracy High and did not qualify for the state championships.
Hurlock also did not compete in the state championships his sophomore year. NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon said he ruled that Hurlock was ineligible for varsity competition for the entire 2011-12 school year because his transfer from Tracy to De La Salle was athletically motivated, which Hurlock disputes. The CIF denied Hurlock's appeal, Lemmon said.
"It was just really frustrating that had to happen. It was not at all athletically motivated," said Hurlock about the transfer. "Just the brotherhood between the (De La Salle) student body, the great academics and the great teachers, that's the reason for my transfer."
Last year, Hurlock missed the entire cross country postseason with a stress reaction in his right foot.
"It's going to be awesome," said Hurlock about his state championship experience this year. "It's going to be very competitive, obviously. It's going to be a very fast race."
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A division-by-division breakdown of the East Bay teams and individuals who have qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation cross country championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday: