Putting Karlie Garcia's state meet in perspective
Karlie Garcia ran the state final cross country course at Woodward Park in Fresno in 17:52 on her first time running at that venue.
“Karlie's performance is the 12th fastest ever by a freshman girl, and only 4 seconds off Caitlin Chock's Sac-Joaquin Section freshman record of 17:48 in 2000,” said Oakmont coach Ryan Nugent. “Karlie's performance was the 12th fastest time of the day all races and grades combined. I'd guess that she was the only girl in the top 20 to be running on that course for the first time too.”
Garcia’s time at Woodward Park compares favorably with Granite Bay’s Chock and a number of other well-known runners of recent vintage. After Chock’s 17:48 in 2000, she eventually worked her way up to a 17:21 time and first place finish in 2003, her senior year.
Last year’s senior California high school phenom, Jordan Hasay of Mission Prep, is now at the University of Oregon. Hasay’s times held reasonably firm for her four spectacular high school years. She ran 17:11 as a freshman in 2005 and 17:18 as a senior in 2008.
Oak Ridge’s Kosinsky ran 17:33 as a senior to finish second in the state. Garcia’s time beat Kosinsky’s junior-year time of 18:00.
The Davis star posted a 17:18 as a senior in 2007, but that was an improvement of nearly a full minute from her 18:14 time in 2006.
There’s no telling how much upside there is for Garcia, but her performance has her in rare air as No. 12 on the all-time CIF list for a freshman.