During her days as a Saugus High Centurion, winning became second nature for Brianna Jauregui.
And not much has changed during her decorated two-year tenure with the Glendale Community College program.
"We go places and I hear people saying that's the girl from Saugus," Glendale college Coach Eddie Lopez says. "She doesn't realize that everywhere we go, people recognize who she is from what she's done [at Saugus] and what she's done at Glendale.
"She knows what it takes to win, so the girls look up to her."
Thus, when Jauregui sets foot upon the familiar course of Woodward Park in Fresno today at 10 a.m., she will do so looking to accomplish the rare feat of winning a fifth consecutive state title.
During her standout career at Saugus, Jauregui was part of a Centurions squad that won three straight Foothill League titles, three straight CIF Southern Section Division II titles and three straight CIF-State Division II crowns. Upon her arrival at Glendale in 2009, the Lady Vaqueros continued their dominance of the Western State Conference, followed with another in a string of Southern California championships and capped it off with a California Community College Cross-Country Championship in a junior college-course record time of 92 minutes 18 seconds.