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Brea Olinda's Tamagno sets O.C. mile record at Mt. SAC Relays
NORWALK – Brea Olinda senior Austin Tamagno has made a regular occurrence of wowing running fans since he entered high school, but coming into the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday night, it was San Clemente’s Connor Dunne who led the nation in the mile.
Tamagno decided enough was enough, laying down the fastest time in Orange County history - 4 minutes, 3.21 seconds - to win the Brooks Mile at Cerritos College.
"The goal this weekend was to win," Tamagno said, "and I was going to run as fast as I could to do it."
Tamagno made his move to the lead at the beginning of the third lap. He passed Dunne, who placed second in 4:09.74.
Dunne had taken over the county record with a 4:04.59 at the Azusa Distance Meet of Champions in March. Prior to that, the record had belonged to Garden Grove’s Mark Schilling, who ran 4:05.4 in 1972.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Tamagno said of setting the record. “You’re comparing me to Jantzen Oshier (Trabuco Hills) and guys like that who were just super-talented. To be listed with those names, it’s pretty amazing.”
El Toro’s Hannah Tobin crashed the county leaderboard with a meet record in the 3,200 meters. The junior ran a 10:36.07, which is eight seconds faster than anyone else in the county this season.
Tobin pointed to her family in the stands as she crossed the finish line.
“It’s a big deal,” said Tobin. “Now that I know that I’m competitive in these large races, I’m very excited about it. It’s definitely a confidence booster.
“For O.C. (Championships), I’m excited to see where that puts me.”
By winning their races, Tamagno and Tobin received bids into the coveted Brooks PR meet, which will be June 18 in Seattle, Wash.
Tesoro’s Amanda Gehrich jumped out to a lead in the girls mile, but she was ultimately outkicked by Sonoma Academy’s Rylee Bowen (4:47.26).
Gehrich finished second in 4:48.34. San Juan Hills’ Katie Camarena (4:57.96) was fifth.
Canyon’s Dalton Tanner, Dylan Scarsone, Jason Ware and Chance Lamberth combined to go 17:44 to place second in the 4x1,600 relay. Great Oak’s time of 16:52.95 was a national record.