Many things were falling Saturday at the Diablo Foothill Athletic League cross country championships -- a course record, a league championship drought, a winning streak, and any perception that cross country races can't be decided in the last few yards of the race.
Miramonte High's Tyler Hanson broke the Hidden Valley Park-Martinez 3-mile course record in winning the boys race in 15 minutes, 18.3 seconds. He was one step behind Campolindo's Aidan Goltra at the bottom of the final hill of the race, approximately 600 yards from the finish. But Hanson charged up the hill and finished 14.1 seconds ahead of Goltra, who was second.
"That was the most difficult race this season," Hanson said. "What I've been doing is holding on and putting a solid kick at the end."
In an incredible finish to the girls race, three different runners held the lead in the final 80-yard straightaway.
Campolindo's Rachel Johnson held the lead at the beginning of the final straightaway, but was passed by Acalanes' Annie Marggraff as all three runners were within yards of each other.
Campolindo sophomore Brighie Leach, who was in third, surged into the lead in approximately the last 15 yards of the race and won in 18:32.0. Marggraff was second (18:32.2) and Johnson was third (18:33.1).
"I saw Rachel start to get passed, and I said 'Campo has to win," said Leach, who didn't lead in the race until the final yards. "It's like that extra energy you don't have until the last 50 meters of the race."
Las Lomas won the girls championship team title with a score of 39 points and clinched the outright DFAL title. It is the girls team's first league championship since 1975, said Knights girls coach Cynthia Green. It also broke the Campolindo girls team's six-year winning streak at the DFAL championships.
The Knights placed four runners in the top nine and five in the top 12 in the girls race. They were led by a fifth-place from freshman Chloe Hansel (19:24.1). Other Las Lomas scorers were Madison Hight (sixth, 19:31.3), Clare Orton (eighth, 19:52.4), Megan Wenzel (ninth, 19:59.0) and Emma Hight (12th, 20:11.5).
Campolindo won the boys championship team title with a score of 43. It also won the outright DFAL title. Besides Goltra, Campolindo's other scorers were Adam Hathaway (fourth, 15:59.5), Walter Brennan (10th, 16:34.6), Michael Peterson (12th, 16:38.4) and Kevin Fong (16th, 16:50.2).