SJND Runners Win NCS Championships

Courtesy photos Above, the St. Joseph Notre Dame High School women’s cross country team came in first in their championship meet. The men’s team, below, finished second.


The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s cross country team won the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. V title for the second year in a row last Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hayward High.

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The Pilots were paced by senior Kiera Marshall who finished first in the individual race out of 166 participants. Marshall completed the three-mile course at Hayward High in 17:08.40. Marshall had the third fastest time out of the 603 female participants who competed in the five division meets. 

The Pilots won the NCS meet with a score of 86. Lowest score wins the meet. Each participant is given a score that matches their placement in the meet. Only the scores of the top five runners are counted toward the team score. 

Lick-Wilmerding of San Francisco finished in second place with a score of 100. Marshall was not the only Pilot to post an impressive time at the race. Three Pilots finished in the top 15. Sophomore Emily Perez finished a little more than 30 seconds after Marshall at 17:42.5 for third place. Junior Beatrice Levy posted a time of 19.34.8 for 15th place. The Pilots’ fourth- and fifth-place finishers placed in the top 40. Araceli Zavala placed 28th with a time of 20:03.4 and freshman Maia Charensuphiphat was 40th overall with a time of 20:27.4.  

Last year Marshall placed second overall with a time of 17:34.2. She finished behind Rylee Bowen of Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa who finished with a time of 17:29.7. This year, Marshall bested Bowen who came in second place with a time of 17:38.9. Lick-Wilmerding also finished in second place last year.

The SJND men’s team finished in second place in the Div. V meet for the second year in a row. The men’s team scored a 100 in the race. Lick-Wilmerding, however, scored a 74 to win the competition. The Pilots were paced by senior Cooper Teare who finished first in the individual race with a time of 14:47.2. Teare, who will compete collegiately next year at the University of Oregon, not only ran the fastest time out of the other 193 participants in the Div. V meet, he ran the fastest time of all 609 athletes who competed in the five division races. In fact, no other participant besides Teare completed the three-mile course in less than 15 minutes. 

Senior Willie Mein finished fourth in the Div. V meet with a time of 15:29.7. He was followed by freshman Dominic Padre (24th place), sophomore Gabe Trevino (38th place) and Gavin Hill (42nd place).

Last year Teare also finished first overall with a time of 14:46.4. Mein had the biggest improvement on the team from last year. He completed the same course last year in 16:16.3. That’s an improvement of more than 47 seconds.

The Alameda women’s team finished third overall in the Div. III women’s meet. They scored a 110. Campolindo of Moraga won the meet with a score of 67. Sophomore Lauren Lum paced the Hornets with a time of 17:45.2. After winning the West Alameda Country Conference meet, Lum finished sixth, out of 142 competitors, in the NCS Div. III race. The Hornets placed three in the top 25 with sophomore Maya Carpenter coming in 18th place with a time of 19:04.4 and senior Lara Vetter finishing in 22nd place with a time of 19:15.7. Allie Cvitanovic (31st place) and junior Rachel Wellman (38th place) rounded out the top five.

The men’s team came in ninth place with a score of 264. Campolindo won the men’s meet with a score of 39. Hornet senior Julian Aguilar had the fastest time for Alameda with a time of 16:37.9 for 39th place. Junior Ethan West (50th place) and junior Cedric Murphy (54th place) rounded out Alameda’s top three runners.

Encinal women’s team finished 14th in the women’s Div. IV race. Sophomore Shelby Nelson finished in seventh place, out of 131 participants, with a time of 18:18.4. Rebecca Stiling (61st place) and freshman Marlene Delgado (74th place) rounded out the Jets’ top three. 

The men’s team finished 22nd in the men’s Div. IV race. Sophomore Michael Chen was the first Jet to complete the course. He came in 122nd place out of 151 participants.

The California Interscholastic Federation state meet is Saturday, Nov. 26, at Woodward Park in Fresno.