Brandon Del Campo

SCHOOL: Thousand Oaks

SPORT: Cross-country

YEAR: Senior

SEASON AT A GLANCE: Del Campo has been the Lancers' top runner in the 10 major meets they have competed in this season, leading them to a No. 1 ranking in the state and 5 ranking in the nation. Paced by Del Campo's victory, Thousand Oaks won its second consecutive Division I title in the Southern Section championships at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday. The Lancers' team time (the cumulative time of their top five runners) of 77 minutes 56 seconds broke the high school course record of 77:58 set by Sacramento Jesuit in 1985.

WEEK AT A GLANCE: Most experts picked Del Campo to finish fourth or fifth in the section championships, but he surged to a 15-yard lead shortly after the mile mark and ran a personal best of 15:09 over Mt. SAC's three-mile course to turn back Hart's Brett Strahan (15:10), Palmdale's Antonio Arce (15:15) and Orange's Jaime Martinez (15:17). "When (Brandon) first made his move, I thought he might have gone too early," Thousand Oaks Coach Jack Farrell said. "But when he came (down) off the switchbacks, he looked good and I figured, 'Nah, that wasn't too early.' "

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