The St. Francis High underclassmen overwhelmed the field in the girls race at Thursday’s second West Catholic Athletic League meet of the year.
The Lancers placed five runners among the top 10 – all of them underclassmen – and beat runner-up Mitty by 23 points.
Freshman Julia Bounds led the way, winning the 3-mile race at Golden Gate Park in 17 minutes, 54 seconds – a league and school record.
“Julia led the race at the 400-meter mark and never looked back,” St. Francis coach Roberta Chisam said.
Bounds is the Lancers’ most seasoned competitor, according to Chisam, who described her team as “really young by age and experience.” Bounds began running on a club team at 8, Chisam said, winning several national age-group titles over the years.
Beyond Bounds, the Lancers received strong efforts Thursday from sophomore Melissa Seaman (fifth, 19:25), junior Hannah Kim (sixth, 19:31), sophomore Gia Kim (seventh, 19:35) and freshman Emily Skahill (eighth, 19:38).
“Other than Julia, the rest have not had much running experience until they entered high school,” Chisam said. “They are all developing very quickly this year.”
The St. Francis boys finished second to Bellarmine at last week’s meet. Gabe McLarnan placed second (15:49) and fellow senior Robbie Lacomble came in 10th (16:07).
At Saturday’s Monterey Bay Invitational, the Los Altos High girls edged Leland for first place. Sophomore Lauren Jacob paced the Eagles – who clipped the Chargers by three points – with a second-place time of 18:47. Teammates Katie Klein (20:04) and Kristen Adams (20:51) finished sixth and 10th, respectively.
The Los Altos boys placed second – just a point behind champion Willow Glen. Ben Zaeske ran a 16:04 for second place.
Boys water polo
Mountain View’s 14-11 nonleague win over St. Francis last week marked the Spartans’ first victory over the Lancers in at least 12 years.
Yet coach Gabor Sarusi said his team has won bigger games in recent years.
“(The Oct. 15) win was a significant win for the program and for our season, for sure, but I won’t say it’s one of our biggest wins,” he said, citing two victories over Los Altos and one against Serra last year as more significant.
Host Mountain View, which entered the fourth quarter down two goals, outscored St. Francis 6-1 the rest of the way. Rey Castillo scored three of his team-high eight goals in the fourth.
Charlie Niehaus made 12 saves for the Spartans (7-5 overall).
Los Altos cruised to a 19-10 win over visiting Lynbrook Thursday behind nine goals from Sam Lisbonne.
Girls water polo
Goalies Daniela Turner and Paige Taylor combined for 16 saves in Mountain View’s 9-0 shutout of Harker Oct. 15.
Kate Atherton and Izzy Dickerson scored two goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 7-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 11-3 overall.
Freshman Kayleigh Peterson lifted Los Altos to a 6-5 win over Homestead, scoring the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left in overtime. Jenna Gavenman tallied three goals and Casey Vanneman added two for the Eagles (5-3 De Anza Division).
Seven players scored for St. Francis in a 12-2 blowout of Leland Friday in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller led the Lancers (15-0) with three goals.
Host Los Altos played Saratoga to a 1-all tie Oct. 15. Emma Orner scored for the Eagles (0-5-1 SCVAL, 0-8-2 overall).
St. Francis claimed the WCAL round-robin championship after winning all three of its matches last week to finish 11-1.
The Lancers defeated St. Ignatius (202-206 score), Presentation (202-223) and Valley Christian (201-218).
“We seem to be coming on at the right time,” coach Phil Marrone said. “It seems as though the bigger the stakes are, the steadier they play.”
Medalist Nancy Xu shot a 1-under-par 35 in Thursday’s victory over Valley Christian at Shoreline Golf Links. Bibi Liu posted the same score for medalist honors in the Oct. 14 win against St. Ignatius at Shoreline.
Mountain View fell to Gunn (5-2 score) and Lynbrook (7-0) last week in De Anza Division action. The Spartans sank to 0-9 in league and 1-10 overall.
Mountain View’s wins against Gunn came at No. 1 singles (Sheila Ahi) and No. 1 doubles (Jamie Osborne and Samantha Joseph).