Hodur wraps up career at fourth state championship

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High senior Blanka Hodur finished her high school cross country career with a solid performance at the state cross country championships in Fresno on Saturday. Hodur missed her goal of breaking 19 minutes by three seconds, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, three seconds and in 51st place in the Division II race. “I did better than I usually do, but I still think I went out too fast,” Hodur said. “I was aiming for a 6-minute first mile. I’m happy with how I did, though.” Hodur improved her performance at the state meet all four years, finishing in 20:18 as a freshman, 19:42 as a sophomore and 19:05 last year as a junior. “In Folsom High history only Natasha Labeaud, an eight-time state meet competitor and six-time medallist who became an All-American at Georgetown and is training for the 2012 Olympic marathon trials, Jamie Witt a six-time state meet competitor, six-time section champ and the 1998 state meet champion, Maria Malone, now running at Stanford and a six-time state meet competitor, two-time section champ and three-time state medallist, Casey O’Day, now at UC Santa Barbara and Michelle Solone, a six-time state meet competitor and a runner at UC Davis have run faster, so that’s pretty good company,” Folsom coach Dave Gregson said.