Menlo School’s Robert Miranda had the fastest cross country time of the day Saturday at the Artichoke Invitational in Half Moon Bay and Kyra Pretre, also of Menlo, had the second-fastest girls time.
Miranda continued a dominant senior cross country season by winning the small schools race on the 2.3-mile course at Half Moon Bay High in a time of 11:49, 30 seconds faster than the second-place runner in his race and 23 seconds faster than the winning time in the large schools boys race.
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The other scoring members of the Menlo team were Charlotte Tomkinson (14:53), Marisa Castagna (16:09), Katie Aufricht (16:21) and Gabby Kogler (16:38).
“I’m very pleased,’’ Menlo coach Jorge Chen said. “Our first league race was on Thursday less than 48 hours before. I was pleasantly surprised how well the kids raced. We’re really looking forward to the remainder of the season. On the girls side we’re looking for a league title and second place at CCS. Our boys team doesn’t have as much depth but Rob will probably finish in the top three at state in Division IV.’’
Menlo-Atherton competed in the large schools race and led by Ethan Mireles’ seventh-place finish in 12:38 took third as a team in both the large schools boys race and overall.
The M-A girls, with freshman Claire Beebe leading the way in 15:29, were seventh overall.
The Woodside boys, with its top three runners coming in within three seconds of each other, placed 12th overall. The Menlo School boys were 16th overall and the Eastside Prep boys were 40th overall out of 61 boys teams.
The Woodside girls, with top runner Sarah Perry running a time of 15:04, were 15th overall.
Palo Alto placed 13th as a team in the championship boys race at the Clovis Invitational.
Henry Saul led the Vikings with a 14th-place finish in a time of 15:24.6 on the 5K course. Sam Craig was 39th in 15:41.9 and Reed Foster 53rd in 15:59.0.
Donald Taggart followed in 16:29 and John Tayeri came in at 17:09. Their combined team time established a Palo Alto record.
The Palo Alto girls, who also set a team time record, placed fourth as a team in the large schools division. Miranda Jimenez paced the team taking seventh in 19:19.1. Julia Doubson was 13th (19:33.9).
Gretchen Berndt was next at 20:22, Kai Douglas raced 20:41 and Julie Meng finished 21:01.
"I'm impressed by our girls placing so well," Palo Alto coach Michael Davidson said."They were only one point away from third place."