Simi Valley sophomore Sarah Baxter won the Nike Cross National girls championship race in Portland, Ore., on Saturday. She completed the 5K course in 17 minutes, 38 seconds, the third-fastest time in meet history.
Baxter, a two-time cross country state champion, paced the Simi Valley girls, running as the Simi Valley XC Club, to an 11th-place finish in the national cross country meet. Erika Barr was 54th, Karla Vernola was 70th, Desirae Jones was 80th and Rachel Vinas was 82nd.
Haley Pierce of Tatnall High in Wilmington, Del., was second in 17:42. Katie Knight from North Central High in Washington was third in 17:45.
Hagen Reedy from Buchanan High School in Clovis was seventh in 17:57. Rebecca Mehra from Palos Verdes was 16th in 18:18. Madeleine Ankhelyi from Vista del Lago was 20th in 18:23.
Marina’s Laura Hollander was 27th, Karis Frankian from Saugus was 38th and Rachel Bush from Redondo Union was 39th.