Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 16, 2012

Runners heading to state meet

Two teams and nine individuals qualify at CCS Championships

by Keith Peters

Two teams and nine individuals will extend the cross-country season for another week after qualifying for the CIF State Meet on Saturday at the Central Coast Section Championships at Toro Park in Salinas.

The teams headed to Fresno's Woodward Park on Nov. 24 are the Division V Priory boys and Castilleja.

Priory finished second with 52 points over the 3.0-mile layout as junior Chris Gregory led the way in 17:13 while taking third overall. Teammate Andrew Christensen was fifth (17:21). Other Panthers scoring included Joe Farned (ninth in 17:31), Leo Berez (12th, 17:32) and Ross Corey (24th, 18:26).

Castilleja also will send its team to Fresno after the Gators finished third with 66 points. Fiona Maloney-McCrystle led the way with a third-place finish of 19:44. Alina Brown was eighth (20:31), Abby Holsten 17th (21:42), Julia Lodgen 23rd (22:59) and Teni Amos 27th (23:42).

Fewer team berths were available at the higher divisions with the Menlo-Atherton boys and Palo Alto girls just missing state meet berths after finishing third in their respective races.

Menlo-Atherton scored 134 points to finish well back of Carlmont (39) and Bellarmine (55) in Division I. The Bears will send one runner to the state meet in senior George Baier, who was seventh in 16:01.

The Palo Alto girls were much closer to a state berth by scoring 106 points. Second-place Homestead had 101 with Salinas winning the Division I title with 93 points. Menlo-Atherton was fourth with 115 and Gunn took seventh with 204. Paly wound up with the fifth-best overall team score with all the divisions combined.

Paly sophomore Katie Foug earned a state meet berth with a third-place finish of 18:57. Gunn freshman Gillian Meeks also earned a trip to Fresno after taking fifth in 19:02. Gunn junior Sarah Robinson, who received a doctor's clearance to run, was scratched at the last minute after her parents reportedly decided against her running. Robinson was the defending Division I champ.

In the boys' Division IV race, Sacred Heart Prep was fifth and Menlo eighth. The Gators, however, will send two runners to the state meet after senior Steven Glassmoyer took third in 16:07 and sophomore Daniel Hill was seventh in 16:26.

It was a similar story in the Division IV girls' race as Menlo finished out of the running in seventh and SHP likewise in 10th. Menlo freshman Zoe Enright, however, earned a state meet berth by taking fourth in 18:57. Teammate Lizzie Lacy, a sophomore, also is headed to Fresno following her seventh-place finish of 19:11. Joining them will be Sacred Heart Prep's Gillian Belton, who finished eighth in 19:26.

Also advancing to the state meet as an individual was Eastside Prep's Christian Rosales, who finished 13th in the Division V boys' race in 17:33.

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