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Then there was Haney, who out-kicked rival Cody Brazeal of Clovis-Buchanan on the homestretch to take third behind Darren Fahy of Carlsbad-La Costa Canyon, who made his move with about 600 meters to go and was never caught.
"Darren made a great move," Haney said. "Definitely the best man won. I felt like I had a great race, but he was better today."
It's the first medal for the promising Haney, who had the nation's best distance times of any sophomore in the country.
"I'm really excited, actually," he said. "It was a great experience. All in all, it was fun. I had a great time, and I'm happy with third."
The evening ended on a down note for Stockdale, which had both Cameron Miller (ninth place) and Haney (11th) finish off the medal stand in the 3,200, where they had high hopes, but Miller said that was more a result of great competition than any failure.
"People don't realize how physical it is," Miller said. "There's jostling in there, and especially with the wind, guys tend to bunch up and you're getting bumped everywhere. I gave it what I could."
Lonsinger, for his part, kept things in perspective. He said Haney and Miller both suffered because they had run two previous races — a preliminary 1,600 on Friday and the 1,600 final earlier Saturday — unlike many of the 3,200 runners.
He also praised Haney, saying that in two years he could repeat the feat that Carlsbad-La Costa Canyon's Darren Fahy accomplished Saturday: A double victory in the distance races.
"You don't see a sophomore take third in the 1,600 very often," Lonsinger said. "I am so proud of the kids. We knew it was going to be tough. As much as we talk about the chance to do this, this and this, it's been an amazing year."