Paly boys, girls each capture SCVAL cross country titles

Gunn's Joyce Shea (right) ran to victory in the SCVAL meet Tuesday. She's joined by Titans' teammate Maansey Rishi and Los Gatos freshman Viveca Pannell. Photo by Mark Foster.

The Palo Alto boys cross country team had its top five runners finish among the top 15 in Tuesday's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League cross country meet over the 3.1-mile course at Baylands Park.

Henry Saul (15:48.9) and Sam Craig (15:55.4) finished 1-2 after trailing Los Altos' Owen MacKenzie the first two miles.

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The Vikings pair then kicked into a higher gear for the last mile. Reed Foster (16:11.0) was not far behind in fifth, Donald Taggart (16:37.5) in 10th and John Tayeri (16:52.3) in 15th.

Justin Chiao was Gunn's top runner, finishing just behind Tayeri in 16:58.3.

The Palo Alto girls also won the team title, led by Miranda Jimenez in third (19:38.0) and Julia Doubson in fourth (19:48.6). Kai Douglas was ninth in 20:06.1 and Julie Meng followed in 10th in 20:08.1.

Gunn's Joyce Shea won the race in 18:22.3, nearly 40 seconds ahead of Los Gatos freshman Viveca Pannell.

In the SCVAL, Homestead is ranked No. 1 and Paly is ranked No. 2. Homestead did not race its top runners at Baylands.

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