Local Cross Country Teams Launch Season
Alameda’s high schools’ cross country teams kicked off their 2016 seasons last weekend in two different invitational competitions.
The Alameda women’s cross country team fared the best out of the six teams at the Lowell Invitational at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco last Saturday, Sept. 10. The Hornets came in second place out of 27 teams with a score of 76 in the varsity Div. II race. (Each team is given a score comprised of the combined totals of each runner’s placement in the race. The team with the lowest score wins the race.)
The Hornets had two runners finish in the top 15. Sophomore Lauren Lum completed the 2.93 mile-trek in 17:50.8 for 13th place out of 192 racers. She completed the course just 47 seconds behind first place. Alameda senior Lara Vetter finished in 17:55 for 15th place. Other Hornet participants include Maya Carpenter (19:21.2 — 32nd place), junior Allie Cvitanovic (19:24.4 — 35th place) and junior Rachel Wellman (20:16.9 — 65th place). Alameda had a total time of 1:34:4.
Encinal runners took part in the Div. II women’s competition, but only as individuals, not as a team. Encinal sophomore Shelby Nelson completed the trek in 18:48.2 for 23rd place — participants who compete as individuals do not factor into the team competition placement. Jet sophomore Rebecca Stiling finished in 20:19.5 for 70th place. Other Encinal participants included Marlene Delgado (21:14.2 — 107th place) and Gabrielle Cassaro (22:53 — 159th place). Granada High of Livermore won the race with a score of 90 and a total time 1:31:0.
Alameda finished in eighth place in the Lowell Div. II men’s race with a score of 299. Ethan West led Alameda runners in the competition with a time of 16:26.1 for 39th place out of 226 participants. Liam John was second for the Hornets with a time of 16:40.6 for 54th place. Julian Aguilar came in 61st place with a time of 16:51.5. Devin Rowe completed the race in 63rd place with a time of 16:54.4, while Matthew Yep finished the meet in 17:12 for 86th place.
The Encinal men’s team finished in 33rd place — out of 34 teams — with a score of 879. Michael Chen was the Jets’ fastest runner. He finished in 150th place and a time of 18:29.5. Other Encinal competitors in the meet include Dylan Auberjuan (19:12 — 173rd place), Kevin Nguyen (19:27.9 — 183rd place) and Luis Booth (19:33.9 — 185th place). Granada won the men’s Div. II race.
Ed Sias Invitational
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) cross country teams competed at the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez last Saturday.
The women’s team finished in 11th place out of 24 teams in the small school varsity competition with a score of 261. SJND sophomore Emily Perez completed the two-mile trek in 12:12.7 for fifth place out of 159 participants. Araceli Zapata came in 49th place with a time of 14:15.5. Zhane Duckett finished in 14:26.3 for 56th place, while Taegen Waterloo completed the trek in 14:27 for 57th place. Freshman Danielle Perez was the fifth SJND runner to finish at 15:29.2 for 94th place. Vista Del Lago of Folsom won the competition with a score of 95 and an overall time of 1:06:03.3.
The SJND men’s team finished in 19th place out of 23 teams. Senior Willie Mein came in eighth place overall, out of 173 participants, with a time of 10:41.6. Cameron Gill earned 57th place with a time of 11:39.9. Junior Ben Wiley completed the trek in 14:19.1. Robin Bernal finished in 146th place with a time of 17:15.2, while freshman Michael Narensky came in 147th place with a time of 17:16.6. Campolindo of Moraga won the competition with a score of 73 and an overall time of 54:08.6.
Many of SJND’s best runners did not compete in the event including last year’s champion Cooper Teare.