RESULTS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
After a tenuous start that saw Northgate swarm the lead pack with yellow jerseys, the Cougar frosh soph girls turned the tables in the 2nd mile of Saturday's DAL championship race. When the runners burst back into view at the base of Finale Hill, just 600 meters from the finish, it was Campolindo's Paloma Hancock (20) and Chloe Guthrie (19) battling at the front with Ellie Guthrie (20), a step ahead of the Broncos' #1, hanging on to 4th place.
Hancock sailed through the final stretch for the individual win with the older Guthrie clinging to her heels. Sarah Naughten (20) picked off the the 4th Northgate scorer to finish 10th and Adithi Subramaniam (19) completed the impressive turnaround with a 14th place finish. The Cougar youngsters outdistanced their league rivals by a healthy 15 points to claim the overall league title.
Other frosh soph girls' highlights included major progress from Maren Ryness (19), who lowered her mark by over 4 minutes to finish in 17:42. Chloe Schaffel (20) also took the opportunity to destroy her previous best with an improvement of 3 minutes and 40 seconds.
The exciting day of racing was kicked off by the frosh soph boys' squad, which enjoyed a sweep of the top 3 places by Colin Lekki (19), Edward Buckley (19) and the recently resurrected Cameron Iniguez-Reyes (19). Lekki's winning time of 10:58 was the fasted of the day on the 2.0 mile Hidden Valley Course and a personal improvement by 23 seconds.
The biggest frosh soph boys' jump came from Nolan Wilson (20), who knocked a cool minute off his previous best to finish in 13:48.
The junior varsity boys successfully defended their perfect run, annihilating the field by grabbing 6 of the top 7 finishing places. Andrew Tseng (18) won convincingly in 11:12 while his teammates Timothy Sams (18), Thibault Gourlin (18), Nick Wolford (17), Dylan Hoover (17) and Jeremy Ahn (18) crossed the line between 11:25 and 11:49.
Chris Fleming (17) and Jason Lin (17) wrapped up their cross country careers with half-minute improvements to land the 34th and 36th finishing spots, respectively.
A junior varsity girls' squad depleted by injury still managed to summon their best performance for the championships. Led by Emma Van De Wyngaerde (18), Remy Moran (19) and Claire Cimino (17), the Cougars placed all 5 scorers in the top 14 to stay close to College Park's impressive pack. While the group fell short of toppling the league leaders, they finished a whopping 45 points ahead of 3rd place to maintain their runner-up status for 2016.
Taylor Chau (19) showed the most progress for the junior varsity squad, running 2 minutes and 53 seconds ahead of her previous best.
The varsity boys left out the drama in their race. Top ranked Jared Yabu (17) pulled away for the individual win after following teammates Niki Moore (17) and Kyle Flett (17) in the early stages of the race. Ray Diaz (17) showed consistency, finishing 5th overall while Richard Gong (17) closed the gap with a 6th place effort.
All varsity boys earned "All-League" honors, with Navid Boozarpour (17) holding down the #7 position, finishing 16th in 17:16. The squad scored 34 points, 48 fewer than runner-up Miramonte.
A showdown between 3 of the top athletes in the state provided an exciting conclusion to the day-long championship event. Hannah Ruane (18) and Isabella Chao (18) reprised their performance of 10 days earlier, sitting on the shoulder of Miramonte's Cassidy Haskell through the first 2 miles before surging ahead in the varsity girls' race.
Ruane built a 17-second advantage through the finish, crossing in 17:48. Chao finished 2nd in 18:05. The marks are 4th and 6th best on the Campolindo all-time list.
The varsity girls' team tallied a 40 point win over runner-up Miramonte to complete their own perfect season. Jenna Miles (18), Jessie Foxworthy (18) and Savannah Hilton (18) rounded out the scoring for the Cougars.
Campolindo 34, Miramonte 82, Northgate 86, Las Lomas 93, Clayton Valley 130, College Park 154, Acalanes 199, Alhambra 208, Berean Christian 229, Concord 256
Campolindo 23, College Park 55, Miramonte 80, Northgate 126, Clayton Valley 135, Acalanes 136, Las Lomas 142, Ygnacio Valley 198, Berean Christian 304, Concord 309
Campolindo 19, Clayton Valley 60, College Park 70, Northgate 106, Miramonte 154, Concord 177, Las Lomas 194, Acalanes 234
Campolindo 41, Miramonte 81, College Park 85, Northgate 94, Las Lomas 114, Clayton Valley 134, Alhambra 150, Concord 170, Acalanes 234
Campolindo 27, Northgate 42, Las Lomas 69, Clayton Valley 106, Miramonte 131, Acalanes 174, College Park 176
College Park 27, Campolindo 50, Clayton Valley 95, Las Lomas 102, Northgate 104, Miramonte 155