Hornets X-Country Runner Ups

Kristina Nelson    Shelby Nelson keeps a brisk pace at the WACC cross-country final Saturday, Nov. 3

The Alameda (AHS) and Encinal high school cross-country teams competed in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) cross-country finals Saturday, Nov. 3, at Hayward High.

Women’s results
The AHS women’s team finished in second place out of eight teams. They were led by senior Lauren Lum. She finished fifth out of 62 individual performers. Lum finished with a time of 18:49.13 in the three-mile race. 

Lum’s teammates Olivia Liuson and Katherine Gee finished in ninth and 10th place, respectively. Luison, a sophomore, finished with a time of 19:17.24, while Gee, a senior, crossed the finish line with a time of 19:17.43. 

AHS freshman Katy Hosokawa was the fourth Hornet to cross the finish line with a time of 19:35.14. She placed 15th overall. Junior Julia West rounded out the Hornets top five runners with a 19th-place finish in 20:10.59. 

The Hornets finished with a team score of 54 — the lowest score wins. Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland won the event with a score of 32. O’Dowd had the second, third and fourth place finishers in the race. Only the scores of the top five runners on a team count toward the team score. 

Other Hornets to compete were freshman Madison Tiaffay (20th place-20:18.64) and senior Elizabeth Cho (23rd place-20:21.14).

The Encinal High women’s team finished seventh. They were led by senior Shelby Nelson. She finished eighth overall with a time of 19:08.78. 

The next Jet to cross the finish line was Alia Owens. Owens, a sophomore, completed the trek in 20:59.66 for 31st place. Junior Gabby Cassaro finished 35th overall with a time of 21:18.04. Freshman Malou Killian came in 38th place with a time of 21:29.64, while junior Marlene Delgado rounded out the Jets’ top five with a time of 21:55.21 for 45th place.

The team scored 153 points. Other Jet players to participate were freshman Tatiana Rebanal (52nd place-24:25.53) and senior Rebecca Stiling (59th place-27:59.44).

Men’s results
The AHS men’s cross-country team just missed out on the chance to take home the WACC crown. The team finished with a score of 63 points for second place, two points behind O’Dowd’s 61 points. O’Dowd had the top two runners (Thomas Murphy and Julian Jansen) and three of the top nine (Lucas Chaney) in the event.

The Hornets’ top four runners finished in the top 12 out of 73 total competitors. AHS senior Adam Elaidy led the Hornets to the finish line. He finished the three-mile race in 16:30.28 for fifth place overall. Junior Patrick Nguyen finished with a time of 16:45.17 for seventh place. Sophomore Tilman Vetter finished with a time of 16:56 for 10th place, while junior Connor Lynch came in 12th place with a time of 17:08.95.
AHS junior Jordan Lim was the fifth Hornet to complete the race. The junior finished with a time of 17:44.80 for 29th place. Junior Benjamin Ting (38th place-17:59.49) also competed for the Hornets.

Michael Chen was the first Jet to cross the finish line. The senior finished with a time of 17:45.57 for 30th place. He led his team to an eighth-place finish out of 11 teams.
Sophomore Dylan Mochizuki came in 36th place with a time of 17:52.38. Sophomore Gabe Jones earned 47th place with a time of 18:30.67. Junior Jaden Taylor finished 50th overall with a time of 18:51.3. Freshman Alexey Krivega rounded out the top five with a time of 20:10.02 and 58th place. Senior Dante Falconer (65th -20:55.38) also participated.