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Menlo, M-A girls win league XC titles; ECP, M-A boys are second

Menlo-Atherton won the PAL girls cross country title on Saturday. (left to right): Alison Snyder, Claire Beebe, Lena Kalotihos, Sara Ostertag, Cricket Gorey, Isabella Leake, Anna Leake. Photo by John Hale.

The Menlo School girls cross country team set a West Bay Athletic League time record and won the title at the league championships Friday at Crystal Springs.

Lena Kalotihos, Claire Beebe and Sara Osterberg finished among the top 10 to help the Menlo-Atherton girls win the PAL title on Saturday at Crystal Springs.

The Knights, led by a second-place finish from Kyra Pretre and a fifth-place finish from Charlotte Tomkinson, went a combined 99:15.7, recording 53 points.

Castilleja finished second with 69 points, followed by Sacred Heart Prep with 86. Priory was sixth with 157 points.

Eastside College Prep finished second on the boys side with 70 points, 14 behind Crystal Springs Uplands.

Ethan Mimeles, Karl Zahlhaas-Lieb and Luke Scandlyn finished 6-7-8 to help the M-A boys finish second to Carlmont.

Menlo's Robert Miranda won the individual title, covering the 2.95-mile course in 15:01.1, more than 40 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Menlo's Kamran Murray was third in 16:01.2 and Sacred Heart Prep's Max Cluss raced fifth in 16:17.5.

The Panthers were led by Carlos Anye Nunez, Max Velasquez and Alexis Nunez, who went 8-9-10. Priory's Jack Nash was 13th.

Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert was third in the girls' race in 18:30.5. Gators' teammates Keemya Bashiri was eighth and Brooke Whitcomb was 10th.

Castilleja was led by Tevah Gevelber's fourth-place in 18:32.6. Lauren Traum was ninth.

Menlo's five scorers finished among the top 18, with Marisa Castagna in 11th, Katie Aufricht 17th and Gabby Kogler 18th.

Castilleja was close behind, with the five scorers among the top 23. Angie Wang placed 12th, Lia Spencer was 21st and Riona Yoshida was 23rd.

Priory's top runner Ava Rust placed 13th in 20:08.0, Eastside College Prep's Ariana Aranda was 24th. Pinewood's top runner Hannah Johnson completed the course in 23:37.9.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Joshua Davis
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

There is no mention of Anna Mokkapati, the individual winner of the WBAL league championship? Anna Mokkapati won all three league meets and is a local girl who lives right here in Woodside. I hope to see more objective and unbiased reporting in the future.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Gunn High School
on Nov 6, 2017 at 10:37 am

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

My daughter runs in the same league as Anna Mokkapati. I had the opportunity to talk to Anna at one of the meets. Anna is very sweet and encouraging towards other runners. It’s a shame that all her amazing accommodations weren’t mentioned at all here.

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Posted by palo alto
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

I think she may not have been mentioned because the paper focuses on local schools (menlo, gunn, paly, castilljea, sacred heart) and local palo alto residents. Anna may not have been mentioned because she attends King's academy and lives in woodside.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm

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Posted by RickEymer
sports editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Nov 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

RickEymer is a registered user.

Yeah, I'm human.

Until I received an e-mail just this morning, kindly writing that Anna lived in Woodside, I was completely ignorant of the fact.

I used to be able to look these things up in a phone book. Not knowing where people live is my ultimate character flaw.

We do run as complete a scoreboard as we can and I know for a fact that this young woman has been mentioned at least four times in Palo Alto Online Sports this fall; three times in the scoreboard, when she won the three league meets, with her time and school affiliation, and once in a story.

Obviously, moving forward, knowing this added piece of information changes everything and perhaps I can change my image as a cruel ogre.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

Since everyone is writing about Anna Mokkapati here, I want to write about Rick Eymer. Firstly, he is not a biased reporter because he covers all of his AREA that PA Daily/Weekly covers. As mentioned before, Rick covers the school, not the individual resident. I am very surprised at the ignorance of the readers above. Yes Mokkapati is a sweet kid, etc but that is not the point here. And Rick did not need to write a back up story, but he did because that's the type of reporter he is.

The fact that Rick covers all the sports, including the less popular ones like XC should be a blessing. Also if you noticed, Rick usually mentions in his AOTW interviews that he usually selects the athletes that really help their team, not just individuals. Lastly why did Rick have to write about a club team in a high school season. This is a high school season, not a club xc season. There are plenty of athletes that run in local clubs that are not mentioned who are residents of PA Daily circulation as well. Again, this is not the point. A huge thank you to Rick Eymer for doing a fantastic job after Keith Peters retired.

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