Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Croshaw born to run

Aragon High sophomore Lauren Croshaw never envisioned competing in the 800-meter run, let alone excelling at it.

How ironic then the 800 has become Croshaw’s best event. The Daily Journal’s Athlete of the Week, Croshaw finished third in the 800 last Friday at the Top 8 Meet in Los Gatos, one of the key races of the regular season. Croshaw’s time of 2 minutes, 16.79 seconds bettered her previous record by two seconds, and it also set a school record.

“I was extremely surprised when I found out it was a school record,” Croshaw said. “With all the good runners Aragon has had, I never thought it was going to happen.”

Croshaw’s run was nothing if not dramatic. Croshaw, 15, beat the fourth-place finisher by two-tenths of a second, leaning forward at the line with so much force she nearly did a face plant.

“I almost fell on my face,” she said.

If Croshaw ends up winning the 800 at the upcoming Peninsula Athletic League Championships and doing well at the Central Coast Section Meet, she’ll look back to the Top 8 as the event that jump-started her run. This was only the fourth time Croshaw had competed in the 800, and as such she didn’t know what to expect.

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