Malibu junior Claudia Lane essentially made her season debut at the Stanford Invitational, running away from the field to win the 3200m in 10:24.72, which is No. 3 in CA and No. 4 U.S. behind Great Oak soph Tori Gaitan's national-leading 10:18.80 put down March 24 at Azusa.
Mission Viejo junior Kelli Hines was second to Lane at Stanford in 10:40.66 and Healdsburgh (NC) junior Gabrielle Peterson was third in 10:46.43. None of the times was a PR.
Lane's stellar XC season, that saw her defend her CIF-SS D4, CIF-State D4, Foot Locker West Regional and Foot Locker National titles from her sophomore season, went into January's Great Edinburgh race in Scotland. Lane, the defending CIF-State 3200m champion, was sick before and at Foot Locker National and again after her trip to Scotland, delaying her training for this outdoor season. She has competed in some team duals and local meets but Stanford was her first marquee competition in the spring of 2018.
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