Stanford Invit’l Brings Together State’s Best!
Seeded Boys: St. Joseph Notre Dame senior Cooper Teare bolted into history by winning the featured race in near-course record time (that’s for the current layout, which was implemented in 2007), downing Davis’ Michael Vernau by nine seconds (14:38.9 to 14:47.6), with San Luis Obispo’s Callum Bolger third (14:54.6). Big props to Shasta’s Andrew Skoy, who continued to hammer this fall in taking sixth in 15:00.9. Great Oak was solid in the victory (15:30 average), while Central Coast Section power Bellarmine gapped a troubling 40 seconds between its second and third scorers to drift back to the pack. Arcadia, which always runs especially well here, was a close third.
Seeded Girls: Contrasting formulas were unleashed by the state’s top two teams, but Great Oak’s method emerged as the impenetrable — and winning — combination. While Davis sported the top two placers (Sofia Castiglioni and Olivia O’Keeffe) between the two schools, it was Great Oak’s “Wall of Destruction” that smashed down the competition in a visually impressive 55-79 victory! The Wolfpack placed all five scorers in a six-second spread shortly behind Davis’ 1-2 punch to key the victory. Arcadia, rounding into stronger form by the week as a keey runner rebounds from injury, was a solid third. In a great duel up front, Eve Jensen (Boise HS) of Idaho edged Granite Bay’s Alex Beitia at the finish for the victory.
D1 Boys: Stockdale HS sophomore Marcus Mota continues to roll, now picking up his biggest victory to date in winning the Division 1 non-seeded race on “The Farm”. Mota prevailed by 12 seconds over Daniel Horner of Spanish Springs (Nev.) and is quickly establishing himself as a fast-rising underclass talent! Mota also defeated Foothill’s Stuart Kendall by 14 seconds after running eight seconds slower than him (in separate races) at Woodbridge two weeks ago. Snohomish of Washington took the team title.
D1 Girls: Blayney Dolan’s big race win in 18:03.1 helped propel Clovis North to the top California showing in this race, a 135-point effort good for second place. Dolan, who placed third (18:29) in her division at last year’s Central Section Finals at Woodward Park, also won the Dennis Dewitt Invitational early last month. Reno of Nevada (119) won. The Arcadia “B” team showed well here to place fifth.
D2 Boys: Dublin, which was the first team left outside of the CIF-State Divison 2 rankings, was a big winner here by 66 points over runner-up Rocklin. The Gaels displayed nice frontrunning to jet the win as Adrian Schroeder (2nd), Anirudh Surapaneni (3rd) and Gaurav Phanse (6th) led the attack!
D2 Girls: Sophomore Jaxin Woodward rode a top-four finish up front, but it was depth scorers Allie Tigert (29th) and Lauren Roe (47th) — also sophomores — that really provided the difference as Vacaville had unmatched depth to win. Out-of-stater Kate Intile (Tualatin HS) of Oregon was the individual winner in 18:02.3.
D3 Boys: Campolindo prides itself on teamwork, so you know it felt extra good for the Cougars to win the race via a tiebreaker. It was junior Andrew Tseng who filled the role of hero with a clutch performance (16:52.6) to beat his sixth-man counterpart from Paso Robles by eight seconds. Paso Robles was tough on top, boasting the race’s two fastest finishers (seniors Trad Berti and Luis Armendariz in 14:57.7 and 15:29.0, respectively).
D3 Girls: Competing in its first invitational of the season, Aptos avoided upset in a hard-fought 74-89 decision against an unranked University City (SDS) team that UC head coach Gimi McCarthy had been telling us about. Aptos, the early favorite to land the Division 3 state title (but be forewarned that #2-ranked Palos Verdes gets much stronger this coming week when transfer Mazzy Genovese becomes eligible for them) , sported four girls among the top 16 scorers to secure the victory. Campolindo went 1-2 in the race as Hannah Ruane (17:34.5) and Isabella Chao (17:40.2) did the pacesetting.
D4 Boys: Oaks Christian (SS) has been out a tad bit slower than expected this fall, but the Lions look like they’re ready to turn the corner after a 22-point win over Sir Francis Drake! High Tech (SD) was a surprising third. State-ranked San Luis Obispo placed fifth here but was racing without frontrunner Callum Bolger, who is competing solo later today in the Seeded Race. Oaks Christian’s scoring attack was spearheaded by senior Trent Robinett, who took fourth (15:41.4) in the race, won by Hercules’ Ryan Cutter (15:26.8)
D4 Girls: With the five California teams ranked 6th through 10th in Division 4 locking up, it figured to be tight — and it was. Coronado edged Tahoe Truckee (situated near the California border but competing in Nevada for postseason purposes) by just two points, but Mayfield only two points further back! Santa Cruz, which boated the indiviudal winner (Mari Friedman), had a huge gap between its final two scorers to keep them out of team title contention.
D5 Boys: In a battle pitting the top two small schools programs in Northern California, San Francisco University boasted better depth scorers to post a resounding 72-125 victory over Lick-Wilmerding. The two squads were nearly identical through the first three scoring positions (SFU holding a 30-33 lead), but the Red Devils then had Clay Mills and JT Munz slam the door on their scoring by outperforming their L-W counterparts by more than 30 seconds each.
D5 Girls: Flintridge Prep again demonstrated they can dominate their division this year more than any other school in the state can dominate theirs. The Rebels trounced all challengers in a dazzling 38-point effort fueled by its lead quarter finishing among the race’s first seven scorers! Junior Sophie Gitlin led the effort, clocking 18:21.5 to finish second in the race. Pacific Collegiate’s Alexandra Stout (18:09.0) won.
Collegiate Men: Several leading runners competed here unattached, often to protect potential redshirt status. Stanford’s Thomas Ratcliffe was the winner across the 8-kilometer (5-mile) collegiate distance, two seconds ahead of Tulane’s Emmanuel Rotich (23:17-23:19). SLO defeated Pomona in a “battle of the Cal Poly’s” for the team title.
Collegiate Women: All-American prep talent Elise Cranny battled for 6k to down St. Francis HS (SJS) alum Peyton Bilo, who performed strong in a runner-up finish! Stanford easily won the team title.
|Division||Team Winner||Individual Winner|
|Seeded Boys||Great Oak 93||Cooper Teare (St. Joseph ND) 14:38.9|
|Seeded Girls||Great Oak 55||Eve Jensen (Boise, Id.) 17:15.9|
|Division 1 Boys||Snohomish (WA) 154||Marcus Mota (Stockdale) 15:26.9|
|Division 1 Girls||Reno (Nev.) 119||Blayney Dolan (Clovis North) 18:03|
|Division 2 Boys||Dublin 51||Brett Beattie (Buena) 15:16.7|
|Division 2 Girls||Vacaville 114||Kate Intile (Tualatin, Ore.) 18:02.3|
|Division 3 Boys||Campolindo 65 (tie)||Trad Berti (Paso Robles) 14:57.7|
|Division 3 Girls||Aptos 74||Hannah Ruane (Campolindo) 17:34.5|
|Division 4 Boys||Oaks Christian 125||Ryan Cutter (Hercules) 15:26.8|
|Division 4 Girls||Coronado 109||Mari Friedman (Santa Cruz) 17:38.5|
|Division 5 Boys||SF University||Eli Horowitz (Stuart Hall) 15:58.7|
|Division 5 Girls||Flintridge Prep 38||Alexandra Stout (Pacific Coll.) 18:09.0|
|College Men||Cal Poly SLO 54||Thomas Ratcliffe (Stanford) 23:17.0|
|College Women||Stanford 37||Elise Cranny (Stanford) 20:02.5|