Los Altos High freshman Lauren Soobrian set a school record and helped her girls cross-country team set one as well at last week’s third SCVAL meet.
In what coach Steph MacKenzie called “the most exciting news of the day,” Soobrian ran the 5K course at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale faster than any girl in Eagles’ history and her varsity girls team also entered the record book for posting the school’s best time there.
Soobrian posted a winning time of 18 minutes, 13.9 seconds, shattering the school record for the course by 31 seconds.
“I was surprised at first because I did not think it was one of my best efforts that I could have run,” said Soobrian, who led from start to finish. “I was really excited to learn that I did set the record for my school, though.”
Her Oct. 22 effort powered the Eagles to third place with a combined time (top five runners) of 100:17, surpassing the previous school record by more than 3 minutes. Sophomores Riley Capuano (sixth, 19:26), Sarah Kostka (19th, 20:18) and Shelli Lewis (28th, 20:53) and freshman Raquel Susko (41st, 21:24) followed Soobrian to the finish line.
“In the past few years our boys team broke several school records and got a lot of attention, so it was our goal to build the girls team up to a similar level,” MacKenzie said. “We certainly got lucky with the new freshman and sophomores who joined the team this season. They have the work ethic and competitive drive that is helping build a stronger team culture on the girls’ side.”
The varsity boys also performed well at last week’s meet, placing first behind another winning effort from Adam Sage. The senior dominated the race, just like he did the first two league meets, with a time of 16:01.8.
MacKenzie said Sage “is showing improvements at each race of the season.”
Three more Eagles placed in the top 10: senior Adam Cohan (fifth, 16:48), freshman Boden Sirey (eighth, 17:00) and junior Collin Hepworth (ninth, 17:01).
Mountain View went 2-1 last week to finish 7-5 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 9-5 overall, and coach Frank Smyth said the Spartans “plan to apply for CCS” next week.
Mountain View beat both Saratoga and rival Los Altos 4-3 before falling to Palo Alto by the same score in its league finale.