No matter what place they finished, the seven boys from St. Francis High were going to make history Saturday. Not only were they the first St. Francis cross-country team to make the NXN National Championships – these Lancers were also the first Central Coast Section squad to qualify.
So although they didn’t win the meet, the St. Francis seven were pleased with their ninth-place finish in Portland, Ore., where the nation’s top 22 teams ran the 5K course in rainy and muddy conditions.
“We were extremely happy with the result,” junior Eric Eng said, “and it was the experience of a lifetime.”
Renamed the Mountain View XC Club (because it’s not a high school-sanctioned event) and given new uniforms by sponsor Nike, the Lancers finished with a team time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 38 seconds. The top five finishers make up the team time.
Senior Shyam Kumar paced St. Francis with a 38th-place time of 15:49.6. Two other Lancers finished in the top 100: juniors Colton Colonna (73rd, 16:12.1) and Eng (90th, 16:22). Sophomores Juan Pablo Garcia (115th, 16:32.8) and Aiden Maddison (135th, 16:41.1) followed.
“It was a tough race with a lot of great competition, and we fought hard,” Eng said.
St. Francis was one of only three teams from California to qualify for the competition. The Lancers did so with their first-place performance at the state championships the previous weekend in Clovis. St. Francis won the Division II title by a whopping 54 points over runner-up Dublin.
The Mountain View High girls soccer team seems to be picking up where it left off last season. The Spartans, the defending Central Coast Section Open Division champs, kicked off the year with a pair of decisive wins at the Fremont Firebird Classic.
Mountain View followed Thursday’s 9-2 rout of Woodside Priory with a 6-0 drubbing of Menlo Saturday.
Laura Carceroni and Claire Pare scored two goals each against Priory and Bethan Parry notched three assists.
“Yes, it was a good way to start the season,” coach Ivan Bandov said. “I was able to play our full roster and try some different combinations to see how they fit.”
Saturday against Menlo, six Spartans scored. Lucy Tang posted one goal and two assists.
St. Francis is off to a 1-1 start.
The Lancers followed a 3-0 loss at Aptos with a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart Prep Saturday in the Firebird Classic. Morgan Ketas scored for St. Francis, assisted by Katie Bocian.
St. Francis captured the Mills Tournament championship with Saturday’s 73-57 win over Lincoln. The Lancers, up four points at halftime, pulled away with a 17-8 third-quarter run.
Three St. Francis players finished with double-digit points: senior Lydia Foust (18), junior Paige Uyehara (13) and senior Amanda Inserra (11).
Mountain View reached the championship game of the Westmont Tournament, where Willow Glen beat the Spartans 63-53 Saturday.
Senior Manul Mosley led Mountain View with 18 points and junior Jake Pappas contributed 11.
The Spartans dropped to 2-2 for the season.