RESULTS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
Miles Leads Girls to 5th-Consecutive NCS Crown; Buckley 2nd for Runner-up Boys
After a conservative start, Jenna Miles (18) steadily moved up through the field of the girls' division 3 race at Saturday's North Coast Section championships. By the midway point of the 3.0 mile distance, she had overtaken teammate Isabella Chao (18), who had been holding on to 2nd place behind Redwood's Gillian Wagner.
Wagner went on to win the race in the fastest time of the day, while Miles held off a late-surging Rayna Stanziano of Concord to claim a runner-up finish and new personal best time of 17:44 for the Hayward High School course.
Chao finished 4th with fellow Cougar Emma Overell (18), who picked up 5 places over the final mile, also earning a podium position in 7th place.
Alica Hober (20) and Jessie Foxworthy (18) completed the scoring for the defending champions in 10th and 14 place, respectively.
The 33 point total, 55 points ahead of the 2nd place Pumas of Maria Carrillo, was the largest margin of victory for any girls' team across the 5 divisions. The championship is the 5th in-a-row for the Cougars, who have claimed 7 of the last 8 NCS titles and 15 overall.
The varsity boys were paced to a runner-up team finish by Edward Buckley (19), who has remained the squad's most consistent performer all season. The junior star allowed individual favorite Liam Anderson of Redwood and DAL champion Preston Norris of Las Lomas to gain a sizeable advantage in the opening mile before going on the attack.
Buckley quickly made up the deficit on a fading Norris and then held off a hard-charging Michael Wheeler of Northgate to finish 2nd overall.
Dylan Gunn (21) was joined in his finishing sprint by Ethan Sauerberg (18), who had his best performance of the season. The pair crossed the line in 9th and 10th place, helping their squad equalize the strong up-front power of Maria Carrillo.
Through the 3rd man, the Cougars actually held a 2-point scoring advantage. Unfortunately for the defending champions, the Pumas' 4th and 5th scorers finished in 12th and 13th place.
While Andrew Tseng (18) provided a career best performance to finish 16th and Dylan Cronin (20) picked up places over the final mile to land the 21st scoring position, it wasn't enough to overcome the impressive pack running of their North Bay rivals.
Maria Carrillo 48, Campolindo 58, Las Lomas 108, Redwood 136, Tabalpais 164, Alameda 187, Livermore 188, Acalanes 210, Northgate 226, Casa Grande 229, Montgomery 338, Windsor 341, Ukiah 344, Newark Memorial 404, El Cerrito 456, Sonoma Valley 490, Petaluma 493, Concord 508, Novato 570, Mt. Diablo 610, San Lorenzo 624, Rancho Cotate 632, De Anza 679
Boys' 2nd Team All-NCS
Campolindo 33, Maria Carrillo 88, Las Lomas 124, Alameda 156, Livermore 160, Carondelet 168, Redwood 168, Northgate 208, Tamalpais 210, Casa Grande 217, Montgomery 257, Sonoma Valley 348, Ukiah 371, Acalanes 377, El Cerrito 414, Novato 436, Newark Memorial 504, Petaluma 517
Girls' 1st team All-NCS
Girls' 2nd team All-NCS