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Leach Runs Top Time, Girls Rule Section; Goltra Sets Division Record, Boys Win!
For the varsity girls' and boys' squads, the 2013 edition of the North Coast Section Championships offered welcome antidote for a poisonous 2012 affair that endured sub par performances in torrential downpour.
The doctor is happy to report however, that after the Campolindo domination under sunny skies on Saturday at Hayward High School, all symptoms appear to have cleared up.
With the resurrection of Haley Shipway (14), along with career performances from Mary Orders (15) and Rachel Johnson (15), and an individual victory by Brighie Leach (15) in record book time, the girls crushed their division opponents and set the fastest team time on the day.
In fact, the Cougars' team performance was the second fastest in course history, behind the Campolindo NCS title team of 2011.
Leach led the way with a 61 second improvement over her runner up mark of 2012. The 17:26 clocking for 3 miles is the 2nd fastest in Division history on the Hayward course, and topped all performances on the day.
Orders and Johnson ran shoulder to shoulder for much of the contest, and continued to move up through the field. On the final climb before the finish the duo overtook Alhambra's Allie Timbrell. Orders finished in 3rd place while Johnson held close for 4th.
Shipway battled her way to 10th place with an impressive second half. Her 18:42 knocked 42 seconds from her all-time course best.
Sarah Cella (16) wrapped up the scoring, just behind Shipway, in 11th place, and Robin Powell (16) demonstrated the Cougar's intimidating depth by placing 13th, besting every other teams' 5th finisher.
Sarah Shipway (16) finished 30th in 19:35.
The team's 25 point winning total is one point less than the fabled 2011 squad's performance, and 5 points less than the state championship team of 2010.
In the intensely competitive boys' race, the Campolindo pack came up big. Swarming the front of the field, the boys' squad scored 43 points in their emphatic reclaiming of the section title, one of the lowest NCS point totals in team history.
Just how dominating were they? Freshman Jared Yabu (17), the team's 7th finisher, placed ahead of every other team's 5th runner. In fact, Yabu beat all but one team's 4th man!
Of course, as the boys' undisputed ace, Aidan Goltra (14) took care of business up front, turning what had been predicted to be the day's toughest individual duel into an 18 second runaway victory over the final kilometer.
Goltra's surge on the steady climb from the track to the crest of the hill was too much for Redwood's Fred Huxham, who finished in 2nd. Acalane's Cameron Gaskell, runner up in the DFAL, held on for 3rd. Goltra's 14:44 time is the fastest in division history, and 3rd fastest ever run on the course.
Equally impressive was the mettle shown by Ben Weinberg (14), who steadily picked off places through the final mile, crossing the line in 5th place.
Parker Lothamer (15) held on for 9th place, while Will Moran (14) unleashed an inspired effort to land the 4th scoring position for the squad, 12th overall.
Kevin Buckley (15) was just behind in 16th place, while Nathaniel Sauerberg (16) and Yabu finished 20th and 21st, respectively.
Though the time gap between Goltra's record run and Buckley's finish was a minute and 24 seconds, the margin from Weinberg to Yabu was a modest 42 seconds!
Also remarkable, all 7 athletes are now on the All-Time School Record Top 25 list for the Hayward course.
NCS cross country: De La Salle's Blair Hurlock breaks course record
HAYWARD -- De La Salle High star Blair Hurlock walked calmly after passing the finish line of the North Coast Section cross country championships Saturday, appearing like he had just finished a training run.
In reality, Hurlock had just broken a long-standing course record of the much-used Hayward High course. The senior ran the 3.0 mile course in a jaw-dropping 14 minutes, 30 seconds, four seconds faster than the previous course record according to co-meet director Peter Brewer. Arroyo's Yong-Sung Leal, a two-time state cross country champion, set the previous record at an Hayward Area Athletic League dual meet in 2001, Brewer said.
There was no doubt that Hurlock was aiming for a fast time Saturday in the Division I boys race. By the first mile, he was already eight seconds ahead of the second-place runner with a time of 4:47. He passed the two-mile mark in 9:39, 42 seconds ahead of second place.
"The course record was kind of in the back of my mind, so I wanted to go for that, I guess. But the biggest priority was the win," Hurlock said. "It's cool I got the record, but the main focus is state."
The NCS championships was a qualifying meet for the California Interscholastic Federation state championships at Woodward Park in Fresno this Saturday.
Campolindo's Aidan Goltra broke the NCS Division III boys championship course record by five seconds with a time of 14:44. Goltra and Redwood's Fred Huxham both passed the two-mile mark in 9:49, but Goltra made a pivotal surge on the dirt track in the final mile and lengthened his advantage, eventually winning by 18 seconds.
"Today was going to be fast. Blair ran 14:30, and I wanted to put down a fast time too," said Goltra, who defended his title.
Marin Academy's Trevor Reinhart (14:44) and St. Joseph Notre Dame's Gabe Arias-Sheridan (15:03) both broke the previous NCS Division V boys championship course record of 15:16, set by Arias-Sheridan in 2011.
Campolindo's Brighie Leach produced the fastest girls time of the meet (17:26) to win the NCS Division III girls championship race. Leach got a fast start and held a six-second advantage over second place at the one-mile mark with a time of 5:37. She ended up winning by 35 seconds.
San Ramon Valley's Christine Bayliss produced a winning time of 17:30 that is tied for second all-time for NCS Division I girls championship races on the course. Bayliss was in a lead pack of three that crossed the two-mile mark in 11:43, but she made a move on the final hill of the course to win by six seconds.
"Once we got to the end, I tried to plan to make a move once I got to the hill," Bayliss said. "I knew there would be a strong pack of girls (in the race)."
Livermore swept the individual titles in Division II. Alexandra Hernandez won the girls race in 18:23.
"Since I'm a senior, it was my goal to do this," Hernandez said. "I wanted to finish the race not regretting anything."
Tyler Olson, a senior competing in his first cross country season, was first in the boys race (14:54).
"I just kept on saying to myself, 'Believe and you will achieve', and that's what I did," Olson said.
Both Hernandez and Olson made key moves in the final mile to secure their victories.
Danville schools ruled the Division I girls team race. Monte Vista, led by a third-place finish from Brooke Starn (17:54) won with a score of 81, edging San Ramon Valley by three points.
De La Salle placed four runners in the top nine to win the Division I boys title with 31 points. James Logan, which had three runners in the top 11 led by Cristian Monsalud's sixth-place finish (15:39), was second with a score of 79. It is the first time in 20 years that a Colts boys cross country team has advanced to the state championships, according to coach Lee Webb.
Campolindo swept the boys and girls titles in Division III. The boys team placed four individuals in the top 12 to finish with a score of 43. The girls team had three of the top four finishers in their race and all five scorers in the top 11 to finish with an impressive score of 25.
Led by a fourth-place finish by Josh Dull (15:57), St. Mary's won the Division IV boys team title with a score of 66.
Arias-Sheridan was one of four Pilots in the top six as St. Joseph Notre Dame had a score of 29 to win its third straight NCS Division V boys team title.
Campolido 43, Bishop O'Dowd 67, Las Lomas 108, Miramonte 121, Redwood 131, Acalanes 148, Analy 238, Petaluma 251, Albany 278, Concord 308, Sonoma Valley 329, Tamalpais 353, JFK 391, Eureka 402, Encinal 426, Rancho Cotate 430, Alhambra 434, El Cerrito 438, Novato 453, Tennyson 585, San Lorenzo 674
Boys' 1st team All-NCS
Boys' 3rd team All-NCS
Campolindo 25, Las Lomas 64, Bishop O'Dowd 67, Redwood 115, Miramonte 126, Tamalpais 163, Albany 243, El Cerrito 251, Petaluma 265, Analy 279, Rancho Cotate 313, Novato 331, Ygnacio Valley 391, Encinal 396
Girls' 1st team All-NCS
Girls' 1st team All-NCS