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Amador Valley High School's Jena Pianin is the Bay Area News Group Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday Dec. 15, 2012. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff)

Before the 2012-13 school year, Amador Valley High senior Jena Pianin set a few goals for the cross country and track seasons.

Forty-one, to be exact.

Among the big goals for her cross country season were to defend her East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section Division I individual titles, and to finish in the top three in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I state championship race.

Check, check and check.

Pianin accomplished each of those three goals with a flourish.

She was third in the CIF Division I girls race, the best placing in that race by an East Bay runner since 1989, and ran a gutsy race in a torrential downpour to defend her NCS Division I crown.

She also set a Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area-Pleasanton course record in winning the EBAL championship race, becoming the first girl to break 17 minutes on the 2.95-mile course, according to Amador Valley coach Jason Oswalt.

For her accomplishments this season, Pianin has been named Bay Area News Group's East Bay Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

"She hates to lose. She gets set in her mind exactly what she wants to accomplish," Oswalt said. "Since last spring, she has been very driven."


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Pianin, who has orally committed to Northwestern, had the fastest East Bay girls times this season at both the CIF state championships (17:39 for the 3.1-mile course at Woodward Park in Fresno) and the NCS championships (17:56 for the three-mile course at Hayward High). In the state race, winner Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley broke the course record with a time of 16:40, and second-place finisher Hagen Reedy of Buchanan-Clovis had the second-fastest time of the day (17:10) in all girls divisions.

"It went exactly the way I thought it would," Pianin said. "This whole season, I really thought about, this is the last time I will get that opportunity to compete (in high school cross country).

"I wanted to leave a very positive mark for my school and my team."

Those goals can be checked off also.

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