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Palo Alto cross country off and running in season debut

Palo Alto's Henry Saul seems pretty happy about his second place finish among juniors and fourth overall. Photo by Mark Foster.

The Palo Alto High cross country team made a strong debut Saturday at the Earlybird Invitational in Salinas at Toro Park, site of this year's Central Coast Section finals.

The Paly boys and girls each finished fourth in the team standings.

Julia Doubson/Mark Foster
The boys team of Henry Saul, Sam Craig, Reed Foster, Donald Taggert and John Tayeri finished behind only Willow Glen, Bellarmine and Los Altos out of 50 schools. The Gunn boys were 26th, Eastside Prep 33rd and Priory 42nd.

The girls team of Julia Doubson, Miranda Jimenez, Grechen Berndt, Kai Douglas and Zoe Douglas finished behind only Santa Cruz, Aptos and Carlmont.

The Gunn girls finished 11th, the Menlo School girls 14th, Castilleja 15th and Priory 41st.

Saul finished second in the junior boys race behind Owen McKenzie of Los Altos and had the fourth-fastest time overall (out of 1,171 boys) of 15:50.

Craig came in sixth place in the senior boys race and had the 16th-fastest time overall, 16:06. Foster was eighth in the senior race and 20th overall in 16:18.

Gunn’s top runner, Andrew Chiao, came in fifth in the sophomore race in 16:35, 31st overall. Taggert was 35th overall in 16:38.

On the girls side, Gunn’s Joyce Shea finished second in the seniors race behind Mari Friedman of Santa Cruz and had the second-fastest time overall in 18:16.

Castilleja’s Tevah Gevelber placed second in the sophomore race and 10th overall in 19:16.

Doubson led the Paly girls with a seventh-place finish in the senior race in a time of 19:27, good for 14th overall. Jimenez, fourth in the sophomore race, was 19th overall in 19:35.

Menlo’s Kyra Pretre was sixth in the sophomore race and 25th overall in 19:41.Castilleja’s Cosi Layton was 44th overall (20:08) and Menlo’s Charlotte Tomkinson 46th (20:10).

Sacred Heart Prep freshman Luci Lambert finished 19th overall at the De La Salle-Carondelet Invitational with a time of 19:24.

— Glenn Reeves/Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

*Justin Chiao not Andrew
Donald Taggart not Taggert
Make it clear what Donald came in 35th overall for (sophomores, juniors etc.)
Good usage of the Oxford Comma
Include a space after 19:41, before "Castilleja's Cosi"
What does the last paragraph have to do with anything
Photo by Mark Foster, but used with Permission? You must include this in the captions
You included times, but maybe include the distance of the course as well for reference
"Foster was eighth in the..." sounds awkward. Replace "was"
Good lede

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Posted by viking
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on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm


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Posted by MarkFoster
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on Sep 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

MarkFoster is a registered user.

@anonymous: Yes, Embarcadero Publishing (the folks that produce the Weekly and this website) has my permission to use photos that make available to them. That's why there is attribution. But thanks for asking.

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