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MV's Myjer sets personal best at state meet; team places 19th


Courtesy of Craig Blockhus
The Mountain View girls finished just behind St. Francis at state.

Mountain View High’s Serena Myjer ran her best race at the right time. The junior set a personal record at Saturday’s state cross-country championships in Fresno.

With what coach Craig Blockhus called “a strong showing,” Myjer finished the 3.1-mile Woodward Park course in 18 minutes, 46 seconds. That was good enough for 37th place in the Division II girls race; only one other Central Coast Section runner did better among the 192 entrants in the race.

MV, SF girls run to league titles


Courtesy of Craig Blockhus
The Mountain View High girls cross-country team – from left, Shannon Gould, Alex Brown, Gabrielle Joffe, Serena Myjer, Amber Fry and Audrey White – won the league finals last week.

Based on how well the local cross-country teams performed at their respective league finals last week at Crystal Springs, they must be elated that Saturday’s Central Coast Section championships will be there, too.

Placing four runners among the top 10, the Mountain View High girls captured the SCVAL El Camino Division championship Nov. 1 at Crystal Springs in Belmont. The Spartans beat runner-up Gunn by six points.

Los Altos High's new cross-country coach takes a kids-first approach to running team


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Ken Chism was hired in June to take over the Los Altos High cross-country program.

Ken Chism, Los Altos High’s new cross-country coach, not only runs the Eagles – he runs with them.

“I’ve done that everywhere I’ve coached, and I’m still healthy enough to run,” said Chism, who ran track in college. “I generally do the off-campus runs with them. I always run in the back with the slower kids to make sure they all come back.”

Under the weather, LA runners unable to finish strong at state


Courtesy of Andrew Zaeske
Los Altos High seniors Ben Zaeske and Lauren Jacob warm up prior to Saturday’s state cross-country championships in Fresno.

The cold and flu season coincides with the end of the cross-country season, which can lead to disappointing results for runners hoping to be at their best for the biggest races of the year.

And that’s exactly what happened to Los Altos High’s Lauren Jacob and Ben Zaeske Saturday at the state championships in Fresno. Being under the weather hindered both seniors’ chances of finishing near the top in their races on the 3.1-mile course at Woodward Park.


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