Claudia Lane
Claudia Lane of Malibu captured first place in the girls race at the 39th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) National Finals at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego on Dec. 9, 2017. (PRNewsfoto/Foot Locker, Inc.)

Malibu High School junior Claudia Lane won her second consecutive girls’ Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Final this weekend in San Diego.

Lane completed the 5-kilometer course through the Morley Sports Complex in Balboa Park in 17 minutes, 3.4 seconds for the wire-to-wire victory Saturday. She is the sixth girl and 11th runner to be a two-time winner of the event, held annually since 1979.

Katelynne Hart, a sophomore from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois was second in 17:22.5, one-10th of a second ahead of Olivia Theis, a senior at Lansing Catholic High School in Lansing, Michigan.

Lane held an eight-second lead after the first half-mile in the field of 40 runners who qualified for the race by their performances in four regional championships. She completed the first mile in 5:17, 14 seconds ahead of a pack led by Marlee Starliper, a sophomore at Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.

Lane ran the first two miles in 10:58, 15 seconds ahead of Hart and Theis, 16 seconds ahead of them through 2 1/2 miles and 20 seconds ahead of the second-place Theis through three miles.

Starliper was 13th in 18:04.0.

The boys’ race was won by Dylan Jacobs, a senior at Carl Sandburg High School Orland Park, Illinois in 15:19.7.

–City News Service

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