The Los Altos High varsity girls cross-country team set a school record on the Crystal Springs course at last week’s league meet – and the Eagles did so without their No. 3 runner.
Their combined time of 1 hour, 35 minutes and 36 seconds puts them 73rd on the all-time list at Crystal Springs, according to coach Steph MacKenzie, who added that the course in Belmont has been used by high schools since 1971 and more than 600,000 athletes have raced there.
“They are excited about the record for now but are determined to break it again when we race there at SCVAL finals,” MacKenzie said of her runners.
Although the team broke a school record set in 2013 – by 1:46 – it still wasn’t good enough to beat Los Gatos Oct. 5 at the second SCVAL meet of the season. The Eagles finished second to the Wildcats by 13 points.
Fiona Bodkin paced Los Altos with a fifth-place time of 18:40. Riley Capuano came in sixth (18:41), Jasleen Sidhu took 10th (19:16), Ella Fadil finished 13th (19:20), Shelli Lewis was 17th (19:37), Cameron Cox came in 20th (19:53) and Emily Soobrian placed 26th (20:21).
Maddy Randall, the team’s third-best runner, ran earlier in the JV race because she had to leave the meet early for a school choir concert, MacKenzie said. The sophomore won that race in 20:06, helping the JV girls place first.
The varsity boys – led by seventh-place finisher Amir Benhagouga (16:56) – took seventh.
Make that 12 wins in a row for Mountain View. The Spartans swept Homestead Oct. 5 and beat Monta Vista in four games Thursday to improve to 7-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division (second place) and 20-2 overall.
Millie Kopp notched 13 kills and four aces against host Homestead, while teammates Tessa Hunter and Lyric Manson added nine and seven kills, respectively.
Los Altos edged visiting Palo Alto in five sets Oct. 6, winning the final game 21-19.
Seniors Emma Symon and Carolyn Dormady led the Eagles with 12 kills each and added seven and four blocks, respectively. Megan Wong contributed seven aces and 18 assists, while Shannon McCabe totaled 18 digs.
Los Altos, which fell to the Vikings in five sets last month, moved into a tie for third place with Paly in the De Anza Division at 4-3. The Eagles went to 12-9 overall.
Host St. Francis swept Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday, improving to 3-2 in the WCAL and 10-8 overall.