Where are the now? Isis Diaz making an impact at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland
Former Sierra Canyon cross country standout Isis Diaz has picked up right where she left off for the Johns Hopkins University women’s cross-country team.
Diaz, who had stellar freshman and senior campaigns in Chatsworth finishing in the top 10 in the state in Division 5, has made her mark in the collegiate ranks.
“I love seeing Isis excel as a freshman in college,” Sierra Canyon cross country coach Troy Samuels said. “I always knew she would be successful. Her opportunity here at Sierra Canyon was a blessing and only prepared her for future success.”
Diaz recently ran a 6K race in 22:43.6 on October 29th in the Centennial Conference championships. That effort placed her 9th and helped her team finish high in the standings, taking home the conference championship.
Back in September, Diaz ran a 5K in 18:52.1 for an 8th-place finish in the Baltimore Metro meet. Diaz also ran a 19:41.7 on October 15th in the Panorama Farms Rowan Invitational in another 5K race.
“Just the fact that Isis is running and contributing as a freshman is unbelievable,” Samuels said. “She is a big part of the team and the plans moving forward for the program.
Diaz had a bright future set when she entered Sierra Canyon back in 2018. Diaz finished 9th in the state in Division 5 as a wide-eyed youngster.
After a couple subpar years, Diaz recaptured the old magic for her senior season.
Diaz won her heat in the Southern Section prelims, placed third in the section finals and took home an impressive 10th-place finish in the state meet.
Her re-emergence late in high school has propelled her in college, thus far.
Diaz was the second fastest freshman in the conference and was an all-conference second team selection.
Diaz is majoring in behavioral biology and has a bright future on and off the racecourse.
“Isis is everything we dream of when it comes to a Sierra Canyon student and product,” Samuels said. “She was given an opportunity; she took advantage of the opportunity and is now reaping the rewards of that opportunity. I couldn’t and I know the whole school community couldn’t be happier for her.”