Saugus' Quest For 10 Highlights State Cross Country Finals
Its gym walls are full of banners and plaques, the principal’s office is full of newspaper clippings, and head coach Rene Paragas' classroom is full of trophies, each with a different tale to tell.
The track, meanwhile, is marked by the footsteps of past champions.
You can’t see them, but they’re there.
There’s a certain ring to the goal Paragas and his illustrious cross country program at Saugus High School craves most this Saturday.
A win at this weekend’s CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno wouldn’t just be another state championship win for the Saugus dynasty, it would be the 10th consecutive one.
What’s being called, “the quest for 10,” could turn into a decade of excellence if Paragas and this year’s varsity girls team gets this one right.
"For us to win again this year and bring on a 'decade of excellence' would only unite the past and present Saugus teams even more," said senior team captain Ashley Heys. "While only seven girls can race Saturday at the state meet, it took far more athletes to accomplish something as special as 10 state championships."