Before the 2001 high school cross country season, Brawley Union High School's Claudia Dominguez and her teammates worked throughout the summer.
They would run 10 miles from Westmorland to Brawley almost on a daily basis.
While the three-time Imperial Valley League champion Brawley team was favored to win the title again, Dominguez and her teammates knew there was one serious challenger standing in their way … Calexico High.
Over the past few years Brawley and Calexico met in the season finale, but this year the IVL rivals kicked off the regular season against each other.
It was the challenge for which Dominguez had been preparing all summer.
What it turned out to be was nothing more than a glorified practice for the Wildcats as they disposed of Calexico 19-39, taking five of the top six spots.
Leading the Brawley pack was Dominguez, who ran the 3-mile course in 20 minutes, 26 seconds.