November 24 , 2018
Both Squads Land Podium Spots at CIF Championships; Buckley Finishes 8th
The varsity boys' and girls' cross country squads put a tumultuous week of canceled practices and races behind them in a big way at Saturday's CIF State Championships. Neither team was picked in the pre-meet rankings to place on the podium, yet inside the tent is where they each ended up after miraculous efforts on the Woodward Park 5k course.
With 3 runners under the 16-minute mark, the varsity boys outran section rival Maria Carrillo for the 2nd time in 5 days, and nearly pulled off the upset of the year as they closed within 11 points of highly touted Ridgeview to finish 2nd in the division 3 race.
Edward Buckley (19) improved over his 2017 state meet performance to finish 8th individually in 15:38, the 5th best time ever run by a Campolindo athlete in the championships. Teammate Dylan Gunn (21), in just his 4th race of the season after returning from injury, nearly cracked the top-10 himself, crossing the line in 15:49 to claim 11th place.
Cayden Hein (20) maintained his consistency, providing the Cougars with the best #3 scorer in the field by finishing 16th in 15:59.
Dylan Cronin (20) and Cameron Iniguez-Reyes (19) completed the scoring in 43rd and 45th place, respectively.
Scores at the mile and 2-mile marks showed the Cougars making up significant ground on the leaders in the later stages of the race. While Ridgeview managed to hold on for the win, the Campolindo team edged out defending champion West Torrance to earn the runner-up position on the podium.
The boys' effort equals the 2nd-place state meet finish by the legendary Campolindo squad of 2008. It also pushes the Cougar's state-record streak of top-10 state meet finishes to 17.
The dust had hardly settled on the boys' accomplishments when the girls toed the line, and while the boys had enjoyed the opportunity of competing at the North Coast Section meet the preceding Tuesday, the girls had not seen racing action since the league championships on November 3; The NCS commissioner had called off the girls' race at Hayward High School due to poor air quality, and thus, the team had been advanced to the state meet by committee vote.
Pre-meet prognosticators generously listed Campolindo as the 5th ranked team in the state for division 3; yet, the Cougars had struggled all season to put together a complete team performance. There were plenty of reasons to doubt their chances.
When the race approached the mile mark however, it was obvious the squad had put those doubts aside. Paloma Hancock (20) and Alicia Hober (20) were right where they were expected to be, just outside the top 20. Not expected was that they were joined by Sophie Webster (21), who had finished over a minute behind the front-running duo when last they raced.
The precocious rookie sophomore had thrown the Cougars into contention. At the mile mark the girls' squad was in 3rd place, just 5 points behind Vista Del Lago, and a shocking 60 points ahead of the next best team.
More shocking may have been the moment just after the 2-mile mark when Webster moved to the front of the Campolindo pack of 3 and began towing her teammates passed competitors.
Meanwhile, after settling in the middle mile, freshman Sarah Berten (22) and junior Ellie Guthrie (20) managed to pick off a handful of points to keep their squad clear of the rest of the podium challengers as they closed on the finish line.
Hancock ultimately overtook Webster down the finishing straight to earn the low stick for her squad in 17th place. Webster finished close behind in 20th while Hober set her own course record to finish in 24th. Guthrie completed the scoring with a 19:59 clocking. Moments later the announcer confirmed that the Cougars had captured 3rd place.
It is the 13th appearance on the state championship podium for the Campolindo girls' team, 2nd most in meet history.
Both teams making the state meet podium has occured prevoulsy only once in school history, in 2003, when the girls' squad finished 2nd and the boys' squad finished 3rd.
Check out CIF State Meet results and pictures HERE!
November 20 , 2018
Boys Upset Favorites at Section Meet; Poor Air Quality Suspends Girls' Race
After more than a week of unhealthy air quality resulting from the horrific wildfire that ravaged northern California, the North Coast Section delayed its championships in the hopes that conditions would improve and eventually allow outdoor athletic activities to resume. The annual NCS meet, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 17, was finally held on Tuesday, November 20, the last possible date allowed by the California Interscholastic Federation.
Enjoy 2018 NCS Championship results and photos HERE!
November 3 , 2018
Varsity Girls Outrun Mats to Complete Perfect League Meet; Roberts Saves JV
In the final event of the 2018 Diablo Athletic League championships, Paloma Hancock (20) led her squad through unseasonably warm conditions on the Hidden Valley Park 3-mile course.
Among the 13-team field was Miramonte, a familiar opponent. Running its complete lineup for the 1st time all season against the defending champion Cougars, the Matadors looked committed to finally knocking off their cross-town rivals.
Check out complete 2018 DAL Championship results and pictures HERE!
October 24 , 2018
JV Boys' Avenge Early-Season Setback; Cougars Sweep Final DAL Center Meet
Taking the top 6 individual finishing places, the junior varsity boys' squad rebounded from its early season loss to Acalanes with a dominating sweep of league opponents at Wednesday's DAL Center Meet at Newhall Park. In fact, all 6 Campolindo teams managed to finish the season with an undefeated afternoon.
Check out DAL Center Meet #2 results and pictures HERE!
October 20 , 2018
Rookies Dominate HVP Orienteering Race
While veterans may have entered Saturday's Orienteering Championships with the experience to take advantage of the secret trails of Hidden Valley Park, rookie athletes used their enthusiasm to take the overall titles in both the girls' and boys' competition.
Check out the 2018 Orienteering Championship results and pictures HERE!