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.

Myjer’s Mountain View team came in 19th out of 23 schools in the division, one spot behind St. Francis. Sophomore Jacqueline Miley paced the Lancers with a 62nd-place time of 19:05.9; Carla Cornillon was next (106th, 19:42), followed by fellow junior Madeleine Coli (118th, 19:53.3).

Three other Spartans joined Myjer in the top 125: freshman Shannon Gould (112th, 19:48), sophomore Amber Fry (117th, 19:52) and junior Gabrielle Joffe (125th, 19:58).

Mountain View’s lone representative in the Division II boys race, Daniel Frees, finished 100th out of 195 runners. The junior clocked a 16:28.

“Daniel learned a lot from this meet and should compete at the state meet next year,” Blockhus said.

The same could probably be said about Los Altos sophomore Owen MacKenzie, the only Eagle in the Division I boys race. Mac-Kenzie placed 90th out of 200 participants with a time of 16:29.1. Los Altos coach Ken Chism said MacKenzie “ran a super race.”

The St. Francis boys placed 12th in Division II, thanks largely to the performances of junior Shyam Kumar and sophomore Colton Colonna. Kumar took 20th (15:48.2) and Colonna was 35th (15:56.8). Three more Lancers cracked the top 125: junior Naren Karur (107th, 16:31.2), junior Antonio Macabantad (112th, 16:31.9) and sophomore Danny Skahill (114th, 16:31.9).

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