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SOCORRO, N.MEX. > SOCCER
Dezirae, a senior striker at Socorro High, broke two New Mexico scoring records this season while helping the No. 5--ranked Warriors reach the 3A state quarterfinals. Her 80 goals in 22 games broke the previous state mark of 60 in a season, and her career total of 235 goals—including 25 as an eighth-grader—shattered the five-year-old record by 62. A four-time all-state selection, Dezirae ranks third on the U.S. alltime high school scoring list for goals scored in a career.
FORT WALTON BEACH, FLA. > MARATHON
Payne, a 31-year-old pilot with the Air Force 34th Special Operations Squadron, won the Manchester (N.H.) City Marathon in 2:24:43, beating the runner-up by 1:01. Payne had been invited to compete in the New York City Marathon as one of 40 elite runners, but when that event was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy he joined hundreds of last-minute registrants for the Manchester race. Three days after his win the Denver native deployed to Afghanistan for a four-month tour of duty.
TUCSON > CROSS-COUNTRY
Lagat, a senior at Florida State, ran a course-record 20:06.5 at Tallahassee's Apalachee Regional Park to win the NCAA South Region individual 6K championship. She led the top-ranked Seminoles to a sweep for the team title and was named the region's athlete of the year. In October she won the ACC title in a course-record time (20:00.1) to lead FSU to its fifth straight conference crown. Lagat is a sister of long-distance runner Bernard Lagat, an Olympic medalist and American-record holder in the mile.