High School Runners Compete in State Meet

Courtesy Photo &nbsp&nbsp For Thanksgiving weekend at the Cross County State Championship in Fresno, the forecast called for heavy rain. Above, the Alameda High School Varsity qualifiers made sure the Alameda Sun was shining instead.

High School Runners Compete in State Meet

Alameda High School Hornets
The Alameda High School (AHS) women’s cross country team finished eighth in the NorCal Div. III cross country championship Thursday, Nov. 30, at Woodward Park in Fresno. 

The team was one of 24 squads to compete in the Div. III team competition. The Hornets qualified for the regional tournament by finishing second in the NCS Div. III race.

The Hornets were led by Olivia Liuson who finished 13th out of 203 competitors in the race. The junior finished the 5K race in 18:25.5. The race marked the end of Liuson productive cross country season that saw her achieve seven top-five finishes including first place in the fourth West Alameda County Conference meet and a third-place finish in the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. III final.

Senior Geraldine Yue was the next Hornet to cross the finish line at 19:49.9 for 66th place. Freshman Sophia Carpenter cross the finish line at 19:53, which put her at 75th place. She was followed by sophomore Katy Hosokawa who came in at 93rd place with a time of 20:14.3. Madison Tiaffay rounded out AHS’ top five with a time of 20:44.1 for 135th place overall.

AHS men’s cross country athlete Emilio Cazares qualified for the NorCal Div. III men’s tournament as an individual. The junior finished 79th out of 217 runners. He completed the 5K with a time of 16:36.7. He qualified by finishing 16th out of 157 runners in the NCS men’s Div. III cross country championship.

St. Joseph Notre Dame Pilots
The only other Alameda team to qualify for the NorCal cross country championship was the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s team. The team finished 17th out of 24 teams in the men’s Div. V competition.

Rowan O’Brien was the first Pilot to cross the finish line. The senior finished in 62nd place out of 203 participants. He completed the race with a time of 17:03.9. Fellow SJND senior Christian Granados finished 75th with a time of 17:11.2. Sophomore Arlo Rucker wasn’t too far behind at 79th place with a time of 17:14.2. Senior Ellis Cervantes crossed the finish line in 1218th place with a time of 17:40.4. Sophomore Thomas McCue rounded out SJND’s top five with a time of 17:47.9, which put him in 132nd place.

SJND women’s cross country athlete Aila Owens qualified for the NorCal Div. V women’s tournament as an individual. The junior finished 31st out of 197 athletes. She completed the 5K with a time of 19:42.2. Owens qualified by finishing ninth out of 127 runners in the NCS women’s Div. V cross country championship.