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Mariah Ayala, Golden Valley girls cross country

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Savannah Berry, Highland girls cross country

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Maggie Baker, Bakersfield girls cross country

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Vanessa Cortes, Stockdale girls cross country

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Caroline Diaz, McFarland girls cross country

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Emily Enns, Shafter girls cross country

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Liberty High School's Morganne Hill strikes a pose after completing the 5,000-meter Division III race at CIF-State Cross Country Championships at Fresno's Woodward Park on Nov. 30, 2013.

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Centennial star cross-country runner Molly Pruett halfway through the girls Division I race in Fresno.

Co-Runners of the Year

Mariah Ayala, Golden Valley, senior

Ayala ran away from the field at Hart Park in the county championships with an 18:12, her best time of the season. She also placed second in the Division II section race, to Savannah Berry, and had the best local time at the state championships, a 19:11 that placed her 39th in Division II.

Division II section champion had easily the best local time of the day at the section finals (18:44). She also placed second in the area to Ayala (18:21) and won the Southeast Yosemite League (18:29) as part of a dominant year locally.

First team

Maggie Baker, Bakersfield, sophomore

Ran the best local time at the Woodbridge Invitational with a 17:57. Baker also finished third in the county championships (18:33) and and won the Southwest Yosemite League title (18:47).

Vanessa Cortes, Stockdale, sophomore

The top local finisher in the Division I section race (she was 17th in 19:09), Cortes also placed third in the Southwest Yosemite League final (19:08) and third in the Sophomore Division of the Clovis Invitational.

Caroline Diaz, McFarland, sophmore

Ran one of the county's best times of the season with a 17:46 at the Jim White Invitational, then won the East Sierra League championship, finished fourth in the county (18:39) and had the fourth-best local time at state (19:43).

Emily Enns, Shafter, junior

As a first-year runner, Enns outperformed all expectations, finishing the year as South Sequoia League champion (18:35) and finishing fifth in the Division II section meet (19:27). She also had the fifth-fastest local time at state (19:49).

Morganne Hill, Liberty, junior

Last year's Track and Field Athlete of the Year as a hurdler, Hill is now a two-time cross country first-team selection, too. She finished fifth in the county (18:45), second in the SWYL (19:01) and had the second-best local time at the state meet (19:17).

Molly Pruett, Centennial, senior

Pruett ran the county's best time of the season, a 17:32 to win the Jim White Invitational. She also won all three SWYL mini-meets before multiple injuries cost her time late in the season. Still, Pruett had the third-best local time in the Division I section race (19:29).

Second team

Fernanda Aguilar, jr, Ridgeview

Beronica Aguirre, jr, Shafter

Alyssa Diaz, fr, McFarland

Cagnei Duncan, fr, Liberty

Veronica Garcia, sr, McFarland

Jamie Penner, fr, Garces

Angel Valdez, sr, East

Honorable mention

Centennial: Kristin Varner, Abby White

Delano: Valerie Perez

Frontier: Jenessa Reyes, Jennilee Reyes

Garces: Sydney Garza

Highland: Ashley Haycock

Independence: Jenny Chumbe

McFarland: Yasmine Felipe, Sonia Ponce, Jennifer Ramirez

North: Haven Marshal, Paradise Pelzer, Tiffany Thompson

Shafter: Lesli Bocanegra

Stockdale: Kelsey Anthony, Bailey Klepacki