X-Country Teams Race on Garin Peak

The Alameda High School (AHS) men’s cross-country team won the 3.1-mile varsity competition at the first West Alameda County Conference (WACC) meet of the season on Sept. 19 at Garin Park in Hayward. The Hornets finished with a tournament-low score of 54 to beat out nine other teams including Encinal High School (EHS). The Hornets top five participants finished in the top 20. The Hornets were led by junior Emilio Cazares who finished second overall out of 81 other runners. He finished the race with a time of 17:48.36. 

Senior Ian Pang was the second Hornet to cross the finish line. He came in at 18:27.62 for fifth place. Fellow senior Connor Lynch finished 13th overall with a time of 18:56.69. Two slots behind him was senior Benjamin Ting at 15th overall with a time of 19:03.60. Senior Jordan Lim rounded out the Hornets’ top five with a 20th place performance with a time of 19:14.41. 

The EHS men’s team finished sixth with a team score of 122, the team with the lowest score wins. They were led by sophomore Ben Wilson-Ripsom who finished 10th overall with a time of 18:54.15. Fellow sophomore Davis Oduor was the next Jet to cross the finish line at 19:18.22 for 22nd place. Junior Dylan Mochizuki finished 25th overall with a time of 19:27.11. Fellow junior Gabe Jones finished 33rd with a time of 19:39.58. Three spots down was Jet freshman Diego Cerna in 36th place with a time of 19:47.13.

The AHS women’s team finished second out of eight teams in the WACC meet. The Hornets were led by junior Olivia Liuson. Her time of 20:18.46 put her in second place out of 60 participants. Her teammate, sophomore Katy Hosokawa, finished seventh with a time of 21:21.87. Senior Geraldine Yue came in 10th place with a time of 21:38.06. Freshman Sophia Carpenter finished 16th with a time of 22:18. Sophomore Madison Tiaffay rounded out the Hornets top five finished 19th with a time of 22:38.01. 

The EHS women’s team finished seventh. Sophomore Malou Killian came in 35th place with a time of 23:57.53. Three spots down at 38th was senior Gabby Cassaro with a time of 24:15.58. Freshman Tessa Vazquez rounded out the top three with a time of 24:51.98 for 42nd place