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Girls' Outrun D3 Field by 85 Points, Set Top Team Time at NCS Championships
As the leaders of the girls' division 3 race at Saturday's North Coast Section Championships passed through the mid-point of the 3.0-mile Hayward High School course, 1 of the many spectators lining the course made this observation: "That is what domination looks like."
The declaration was in response to the pack of 5 Campolindo athletes that continued to hold off the rest of the field after charging to an early lead. Alicia Hober (20), Paloma Hancock (20) and Ellie Buckley (23) ran 3-abreast while Emma Smith (20) and Sophie Webster (21) clung to their heels through the half-way point in the race.
Only Olivia Liuson of Alameda and Emma Yamamoto of Las Lomas were eventually able to break up the Cougar's front-4 scorers as the top-ranked squad posted a 26-point performance to claim its 7th consecutive NCS title. Hancock out-kicked Buckley for the individual win while Zoe Theulier (23) once again made up ground in the final mile, this time overtaking Webster to be the final scorer in 13th place.
Not only did the varsity girls' squad thump its division by 85 points, but it also topped the entire section with the fastest team time of the day.
While the girls' race featured a historic rout, by contrast, the varsity boys' division 3 race offered a tight, back-and-forth battle between 2 of the best squads in the state.
Dylan Gunn (21) led an early surge by the Cougars before pre-race favorite Maria Carrillo responded with a strong 2nd mile. The Pumas swarmed the front-end of the race, finishing with 4 scorers in the top 6 and their 5th man crossing the line in 11th place.
While Gunn completed a brilliantly executed race plan to take the individual title and Alex Lodewick (23) proved himself as the fastest freshman in the section with a 3rd-place finish, the rest of the squad was unable to match Maria Carrillo's performance.
Nevertheless, with a 53-point 2nd-place effort the varsity boys' earned advancement to the state championships on November 30, where they will have their rematch against the section and state leaders.
Maria Carrillo 28, Campolindo 53, Casa Grande 145, Tamalpais 146, Northgate 151, Newark Memorial 193, Piner 217, Las Lomas 227, Windsor 228, Alameda 234, Benicia 323, Concord 332, Arroyo 369, Livermore 383, Montgomery 424, Petaluma 466, Novato 471, Ukiah 475, American Canyon 506, Rancho Cotate 637, San Lorenzo 675, Hayward 678