Confidence boost: Saturday’s race provided a confidence boost for Lancaster High’s Irvin Garcia. He placed fourth in his team’s Div. I varsity race with a time of 15:42. Garcia’s previous race at the course, the 2004 Southern Section Div. I prelims, was a ‘mess,’ according to Lancaster head coach Laura Plaisance. He ran 16:32 to finish 27th in the Eagles’ heat last year. Garcia and teammate Andrew Case were leading after the first mile of the 2004 prelims, but they faded as the race ran through Mt. SAC’s famed hills. “Getting over that (16-minute) hurdle was huge for him,” Plaisance said. “He survived (the race) and got some confidence from it. “He still has a lot left, though. Irvin doesn’t realize how talented Irvin is. You don’t run 14:50 (earlier this year) by accident.” Lancaster High’s Courtney Wheeler, one of the Golden League’s top female runners, finished sixth in her team’s Div. I race Saturday. Her time, 18:23, also was a personal record. “She had that look in her eye,” Plaisance said. “She had a good, solid race.” Upset: Paraclete High, ranked No. 3 in Southern Section Div. IV, upset No. 2 Harvard-Westlake of Studio City to win its Div. IV/V race on Friday at Mt. SAC. Paraclete defeated the Wolverines, 55-80. Name game: Lancaster resident Sergio Reyes won the Reyes Adobe Days 8K on Oct. 16 in Agoura Hills. The former NAIA All-American ran 4.97 miles in a course-record 24:19. Reyes finished 17th in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in June. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Highland High cross country coach John Johnston wasn’t at Saturday’s Mt. San Antonio College Invitational, where his Bulldogs gave several solid performances. He was recovering from open-heart surgery performed two days earlier. “That’s what they tell me,” he replied when asked if the procedure was successful. “I feel real good. I’m home and on the mend.” Johnston plans to watch the Bulldogs run at the Nov. 2 Golden League Finals and is expected to return to school the following week. He can resume running in January. Good advice: Highland High’s Josh Housinger felt fine 800 meters into his team’s race at Mt. SAC, but he followed orders when one of his coaches told him to slow down. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “He knows a lot more than I do,” Housinger explained. Apparently. Housinger moved back from the lead pack, then charged into first place at the two-mile mark. He led the rest of the way, winning the 2.91-mile race in 15 minutes, 19 seconds. He threw up his arms as he crossed the finish line, admittedly surprised not only by his victory, but his energy level. “I felt like I could’ve run a lot harder,” he said after beating his previous Mt. SAC personal record by 28 seconds. “I had so much more in me.” His time would’ve placed him in the top 15 in the Div. I/II team and individual sweepstakes, the strongest races at the nation’s largest prep cross-country meet.