The Los Altos High girls cross-country team is so far making the most of its shortened season, winning its first two league meets – both at the expense of rival Mountain View.
A week after edging the Spartans by three points to claim top honors at the 12-team Santa Clara Valley Athletic League opener it hosted, Los Altos beat them by six points at Saturday’s 10-team meet at Los Gatos.
“They are running as a pack and gaining confidence each week,” coach Steph MacKenzie said. “I never know what order they are going to finish in, which makes the race more exciting, and they are pushing each other to become better runners.”
Sophomore Fiona Bodkin paced Los Altos by running the 2.2-mile course in 13 minutes, 4 seconds, good enough for second place in her team’s head-to-head race against Palo Alto and fourth among all 10 teams participating.
Freshman teammate Maddy Randall finished close behind, running a 13:05 to take third versus Paly and fifth overall. Junior Riley Capuano clocked a 13:09 to finish fourth against Paly and seventh overall.
Mountain View had two girls place among the top 10 overall: sophomore Katherine Stone (eighth, 13:16) and junior Julia Gentin (10th, 13:22).
For the boys, Mountain View came in second overall and Los Altos placed third; Paly won the meet. Three Spartans landed in the top 10 overall: junior Emmanuel Leblond (third, 11:03), senior Ethan Stone (fifth, 11:07) and junior Nicholas Trepanier (seventh, 11:09).
Senior Hans Holst led Los Altos with a second-place time of 10:56.
That same day, St. Francis opened its season with a non-league meet at Dublin High, where the Lancers dominated the girls race and placed fourth among the boys.
“Saturday was great,” St. Francis coach Phil Pompei said.
The St. Francis girls beat second-place Livermore by 38 points in the six-team meet, with two of their runners finishing the 3-mile course in under 18 minutes. Junior Christel Elkins won the race with a 17:37, and senior Isabelle Cairns took second with a 17:44.
Four more Lancers placed in the top 10: seniors Alexa Barton (fourth, 18:22) and Alexandra Cilley (seventh, 18:53), freshman Lillian Kaelber (ninth, 19:21) and senior Claire Callon (10th, 19:21).
The St. Francis boys placed two runners in the top 10: senior Suvan Kumar (13th, 16:03) and junior Owen Kato (18th, 16:33).
First place in the SCVAL De Anza Division was on the line Saturday when Mountain View (3-0) visited Monta Vista (3-0), and the home team came away victorious.
The Matadors subdued the Spartans 4-3 in what Mountain View coach Frank Smyth called “a very close match.”
The Spartans dropped all three doubles matches, but they proved stronger in singles. Audrey Shen, Stephanie Hsu and Marina Raynaud won in straight sets at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles, respectively. Mountain View’s lone loss in singles was decided by a tiebreaker at No. 1.
Los Altos remained atop the SCVAL El Camino Division with wins over Gunn, Santa Clara (by forfeit), Wilcox and Milpitas last week. The Eagles have yet to lose a league match.