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 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.