Los Altos runners Sage & Soobrian claim league titles


Continuing their league domination, Los Altos High’s Adam Sage and Lauren Soobrian easily won their respective varsity races Nov. 5 at the SCVAL cross-country finals at Crystal Springs.

Sage won the boys race by nearly 10 seconds and Soobrian finished more than a minute ahead of the runner-up in the girls race to also go undefeated in league this year.

Sage, a senior, ran the hilly 2.95-mile course in 15 minutes, 47 seconds. Soobrian, a freshman, clocked a 17:46, “a time many varsity boys would be delighted to run,” Eagles coach Steph MacKenzie said.

Sage was the first of five Los Altos boys to place in the top 10 at the meet, resulting in the team title. Senior Daniel Ghasemfar (16:30.7), freshman Boden Sirey (16:33.4) and junior Collin Hepworth (16:37.9) finished 4-5-6, while junior Hans Holst (16:45.7) came in ninth.

The Los Altos girls took third to also qualify for Saturday’s Central Coast Section championships at Crystal Springs. Riley Capuano (19:28) placed 10th, fellow sophomores Sarah Kostka (20:12.9) and Shelli Lewis (21:02.8) finished 16th and 24th, respectively, and senior Kat Nasif (21:12.3) was 25th.

The St. Francis girls cruised to a first-place finish in the third WCAL meet, coming in 47 points ahead of second-place St. Ignatius Nov. 6 at Crystal Springs.

Seven Lancers placed in the top 10: Isabelle Cairns (third, 18:14.2), Christel Elkins (fifth, 18:27.8), Vanessa Cabello (sixth, 18:29), Alexa Barton (seventh, 18:40.7), Roxane Thomas (eighth, 18:44.2), Claire Callon (ninth,18:51.5) and Alexandra Cilley (10th, 18:55.5).

The St. Francis boys placed second in their race, led by Benjamin Garver’s seventh-place time of 15:34.8.

Girls volleyball

Sixth-seeded Gunn denied No. 2 Mountain View (28-8) a shot at playing for the CCS Division I title. The Titans swept the Spartans 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 in Thursday’s semifinals at Gunn.

No. 5 Los Altos (22-14) bowed out in the Division I quarterfinals Nov. 5. No. 4 Carlmont edged the visiting Eagles 25-13, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 19-17.

St. Francis (26-12) was ousted from CCS in the Open Division semifinals Nov. 5. Top seed Sacred Heart Cathedral beat the No. 4 Lancers 30-28, 25-20, 25-21.

Girls water polo

Rebounding from what coach Katie Tasman called “a little slow start offensively,” No. 2 Los Altos toppled No. 7 Willow Glen 9-3 Saturday in the CCS Division I quarterfinals. Alesia Piercy tallied four goals for the host Eagles (15-10), who led 4-0 at halftime.


Mountain View (7-3) landed the third seed in the CCS Division III playoffs and is set to host No. 6 Burlingame (5-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

St. Francis (4-6) is the seventh seed in the CCS Division I playoffs and is scheduled to visit No. 2 Valley Christian (9-1) 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

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