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.
Serena Myjer won the 2.95-mile race in 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Fellow Mountain View junior Gabrielle Joffe was second (18:41.3), freshman Shannon Gould came in sixth (19:19.2) and sophomore Amber Fry took 10th (20:04.6).
Spartans coach Craig Blockhus said his squad “will be in a dogfight with St. Francis” to win the CCS Division II title.
“I would say that due to St. Francis’ depth that they have a slight advantage over us,” he said, “but not enough of an edge that, if my girls keep racing the way they are right now, we wouldn’t win.”
The St. Francis girls won the WCAL finals Nov. 2 at Crystal Springs, defeating runner-up Presentation by 43 points. Emily Skahill finished first (17:55.2). Teammates Jacqueline Miley (18:55.6), Madeleine Coli (19:13.8) and Carla Cornillon (19:16.1) ran fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
The Los Altos girls will join St. Francis and Mountain View at CCS – but in Division I – after finishing fourth at the El Camino Division finals. Sophomore Anya Gupta paced the Eagles with an eighth-place time of 19:56.8. Annli Tico came in 11th (20:04.8) and fellow senior Katia Gibson was 20th (20:47.6).
The Los Altos boys are headed to CCS as well, thanks to their second-place finish (to Palo Alto) at the league finals. Sophomore Owen MacKenzie led the Eagles, finishing fifth (15:52.7). Three more Los Altos runners cracked the top 20: freshman Adam Sage (12th, 16:34.4), junior Geoffrey Glass (14th, 16:44.8) and sophomore Tomo Yoshino (18th, 17:10.9).
The St. Francis boys qualified for CCS after a strong showing at the WCAL finals. The Lancers placed second to rival Bellarmine by seven points. St. Francis placed four runners in the top 10: Shyam Kumar (third, 15:18.7), Colton Colonna (fourth, 15:23.3), Naren Karur (fifth, 15:50.5) and Daniel Skahill (eighth, 15:58.1).
The Mountain View boys, fifth at league finals, had two individual qualifiers for CCS: junior Daniel Frees (sixth, 15:53.8) and sophomore Ben Woods (22nd, 17:23.6).