The San Marcos girls came in to Saturday’s CIF Division 3 Championships ranked 9th and did one better — finishing 8th.

Royals Kiala Haas, Shaina King, Baylie Bingham, Samara Shalhoub, Melina Vela, Malina Murray, and Colette Keller all ran personal course bests today.

“I couldn’t ask much more from these girls,” San Marcos coach Marilyn Hantgin said. “Some even got all-time personal bests today.

“It’s a bittersweet ending for me. My first year coaching cross country, and I was lucky enough to have such amazing kids to coach. We are only losing one girl to graduation, but that one girl is the heart and soul of our team — Shaina King will be greatly missed. She is completely unselfish and has shown the others how a great leader can impact so many.

“I’m impressed with all of the girls’ commitment to training, and the closeness they have for each other is special. I want to thank all of the girls’ parents for their support all season. San Marcos has a wonderful community that really makes our season even better.”

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