SF runners repeat as CCS champs; LA boys also make state

Lars Eng/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis runners – wearing yellow-and-white uniforms, from left, Eric Eng, Euan Cairns, Colton Colonna and Aiden Maddison – compete in the CCS Division II race. Colonna won the race and Eng took second.

Smoky skies forced Central Coast Section officials to twice push back the date of the cross-country championships – and move the venue south – but that didn’t slow down St. Francis High. The Lancers’ boys and girls teams repeated as CCS Division II champions Sunday at Toro Park in Salinas, qualifying for this weekend’s state meet.

The St. Francis boys ran away with the title, besting second-place Mitty by 77 points. The top three finishers in the race were Lancers, and two more St. Francis runners placed in the top 10. Colton Colonna was crowned champion with a time of 15 minutes, 31.1 seconds, Eric Eng was the runner-up (15:48.7) and Juan Pablo Garcia took third (15:56.1). Daniel Skahill came in fifth (16:02.2) and Mason Elefant placed 10th (16:33.5).

The St. Francis girls won their division by 31 points over runner-up Willow Glen. Freshman Christel Elkins led the Lancers with an eighth-place time of 19:40.9. Alexa Barton finished 18th (20:12.2) and Claire Callon 19th (20:21.2).

The Los Altos boys qualified for state for the second straight year by finishing second to Bellarmine in Division I. The Eagles came in 20 points behind the Bells and 62 ahead of third-place Palo Alto.

Owen MacKenzie paced the Eagles by placing third (15:42.8). Adam Sage took sixth (16:02.2), Rian Lawlor came in 15th (personal-best 16:43.4) and Kevin Andrews was 16th (16:44.1).

The Los Altos girls didn’t make state, placing eighth, but Naomi Donovan qualified individually for the second year in a row. The defending CCS Division I champ placed fourth (18:55.6). Teammate Anya Gupta finished 20th (personal-best 20:02.3).

The Mountain View girls placed eighth in Division II. Freshman Julia Gentin led the Spartans with a 24th-place time of 20:33.2. Freshman Eliana Montgomery took 28th (20:46.0).

The state meet is scheduled Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.

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