NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Leading into her sophomore season at Glendale Community College, Brianna Jauregui was a bit apprehensive about the Lady Vaqueros' chance at repeating as California Community College Cross-Country champions.
After a decorated career at Saugus High filled with CIF Southern Section Division and CIF-State titles, Jauregui certainly has a storied pedigree to fall back upon when weighing the prospects.
With only two runners returning from last season's top five, departures, such as that of reigning state individual champion Nina Moore, loomed large. But over the summer, the admitted doubt Jauregui had transposed into promise.
"At first, I [thought] it's gonna be a lot more challenging," said Jaureugui, who was the Vaqueros' No. 5 runner at state last season, but was largely their No. 2 finisher throughout the season. "Over the summer, though, things changed. … I really do think our girls are talented, I really do think we'll be able to get that state championship if our girls work hard and really want it."