Ian Alsen of Granada Hills High watched in anguish as Bryan Dameworth of Agoura won the boys Division I title at the inaugural state high school cross-country championships at Woodward Park in Fresno last Saturday.
Alsen, who did not run in the state meet because the City Section elected not to compete, gets a chance to test himself against Dameworth and many of the nation's top high school distance runners in the Kinney West regionals at Woodward Park today.
The rest of Alsen's Granada Hills teammates, however, are scheduled to run in the City Section preliminaries at Pierce College. Alsen elected to compete in the Kinney meet because he feels competing against some of the top runners in the nation will give him the exposure necessary to gain a college scholarship.
Christopher Schurz of Westwood High in Scottsdale, Ariz., who placed sixth in the Kinney national championships last year, is a slight favorite over Dameworth, Alsen, David Scudamore of Palos Verdes and Goshu Tadese of Crawford High in San Diego.