Local Student Runners Travel to Fresno for Cross County Meet


The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s cross country team finished seventh in the Div. V California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) cross country meet Saturday, Nov. 25, at Woodward Park in Fresno. 

Twenty-four teams competed in the state championship event. The Pilots posted a score of 265 — lowest score wins. Junior Emily Perez sparked the Pilots in the 5,000-meter race. Perez finished second overall in the meet out of 200 participants. She completed the distance in 18:24.2. She finished behind three-time CIF Div. V winner senior Rylee Bowen who attends Sonoma Academy of Santa Rosa. Bowen finished the race in a time of 18:17.9.

This was not Perez’s fastest time in a 5,000-meter race. Earlier this season Perez finished the Clovis Invitational 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:54.5 on Oct. 7. She also completed the 5,000-meter race at the Stanford Invitational in 2016 with a time of 18:23.7.

Perez was joined by several of her teammates in the state final. Senior Beatrice Levy finished in 29th place with a time of 19:52.4. Freshman Ellie Chareonsuphiphat came in 91st place with a time of 21:11. Sophomore Danielle Perez ran her way to 116th place with a time of 21:50.6. Freshman Claire Nocon rounded out the Pilots’ top five with a 127th place finish in 21:58.9.

Flintridge Prep of La Canada won the event for the fourth straight year.

The Alameda women’s team finished in 16th place out of 24 teams in the women’s Div. III race. Alameda junior Lauren Lum finished in 13th place out of 210 competitors. She completed the distance in 18:47.9. Hornet freshman Olivia Livson grabbed 63rd place with a time of 19:59.2. Junior Katherine Gee secured the 97th position with a time of 20:30.4. Sophomore Geraldine Yue finished in 125th place with a time of 20:53.1. Sophomore Julia West rounded out the Hornets’ top five with a time of 22:30.2 for 175th place.

Other participants
Other teams did not take part in the state team competition, but other Alameda athletes competed as individuals. Pilot sophomore Zavier Annis completed the men’s Div. V race in 17:17.2. He wound up in 59th place out of 207 athletes.

Encinal junior Shelby Nelson completed her trek in 20:30.7 in the Div. IV women’s competition. She was slotted in 89th place out of 195 participants.