De La Salle High distance star Blair Hurlock was a spectator at last year's East Bay Athletic League cross country championships with an injury to his right foot.
Hurlock certainly wasn't a spectator at Friday's league championships at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton. The senior set an EBAL boys championship record for the 2.95-mile course with an outstanding time of 14 minutes, 46.99 seconds.
"I was just going for the win," Hurlock said. "We weren't really focusing on time, just running for the team."
Hurlock led a string of runners through the one-mile mark at 4:53, but built a seven-second lead over approximately the next three-quarters of a mile. His winning margin was nearly 19 seconds over teammate Matt Schumann (15:05.50), last year's EBAL boys individual champion.
"I don't think these guys felt great today, but that's by design," said De La Salle coach John Pelster about his team, who has not began to taper yet. "To compete as well as they did without being 100-percent is positive."
De La Salle won the championship meet team title with a score of 29. Amador Valley was second (74) and San Ramon Valley was third (78). The Spartans also won the overall EBAL title.
The girls race wasn't decided until approximately the last 250 meters. That's where San Ramon Valley's Christine Bayliss took the lead after charging down the final hill of the course on her way to a victory in 17:44.56. Granada's Megan McCandless was second (17:52.14).
"It was kind of last minute," said Bayliss about the big surge. "I'm happy how it turned out."
Bayliss was fourth at the mile mark (5:49) and second approximately three-quarters of a mile later as part of a four to five-person lead pack.
Amador Valley's girls squad packed together well, with its first four finishers placing ninth through 12th on their way to the championship meet team title (53 points) and the overall league championship. The Dons were led by Kim Sannajust (ninth, 18:52.66) and Melodie Leroudier (10th, 19:19.54).
"It was great the way that they ran," Amador Valley coach Jason Oswalt said about his winning squad. "We were in a pack at two miles, and we won those battles."
DFAL Championships: Dougherty Valley's Rickimae Torres defeated Isabella von Ebbe of Acalanes 6-4, 7-5 at Saint Mary's College to win her fourth straight Diablo Foothill Athletic League singles championship.
Torres survived a stiff test from Wildcats teammate Tracy Chen in the semifinals, winning 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 to advance to the finals. Von Ebbe beat Taylor James of Miramonte 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
In the doubles final, Dougherty Valley's Christina Soliman and Ariana Motivalli beat teammates Kaitlyn Nguyen and Effie Jie 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.