November 21, 2015
Girls, Boys Win Section Championships
In the first race of the morning at Saturday's NCS Meet of Champions, the varsity girls managed to hold off a stiff challenge from Bishop O'Dowd to repeat as section titlists. Hana Sun (16) ran to a career best, becoming just the 5th Cougar harrier to break 18 minutes on the Hayward High School 3.0 mile course.
Hannah Ruane (18) and Sara Cella (16) provided 8th and 11th place finishes, respectively, to help counter impressive 1st and 6th place efforts by the Yellow Jackets' top 2. Isabella Chao (18) held the 4th position for her squad, and Savannah Hilton (18) showed her continued improvement to earn the final scoring spot in 26th.
The boys' race saw JFK's David Frisbie build a huge lead in the early stages, with Acalanes' Cameron Gaskell giving chase. Meanwhile, Jared Yabu (17) bided his time in the chase pack and his teammates established a tight cluster amongst the top 25. Jonathan Semenza (16) and Nathaniel Sauerberg (16) settled themselves in the top 15, with Richard Gong (17) and Raymond Diaz (17) just a few places behind as the squad came off the track loop through 900 meters.
At the mile mark the Cougars held a commanding point lead over the field. Miguel Baliwag (16) and Matt McAuliffe (16) were already displacing scorers from other squads and began to close the distance on their teammates as the field reached the half-way point before ascending the hill for the first time.
It was there that Yabu broke away from the group battling for 3rd place and began cutting down the distance to Gaskell in 2nd.
Likewise, Diaz and Baliwag came alive, picking up places as they crested the hill and surged down the long stretch back to the track. As they climbed the rise for a 2nd time, Yabu had overtaken 2nd place, Diaz had moved up 4 positions, and Baliwag was closing in on the top 20.
Though Yabu was unable to track down Frisbie, he did manage to hold off a spirited challenge from Tom Robey of Las Lomas, as the two unleashed their kicks in the final stretch. Yabu finished in 15:18, the 4th best time ever by a Campolindo athlete on the course. Semenza churned out an 8th place finish with Sauerberg just 10 seconds behind to claim 12th.
Diaz continued to pick up positions and snuck in just under 16 minutes. Like a man possessed, Baliwag surged across the line in 19th place and McAuliffe and Gong completed the day with the fastest 6-7 man times in the entire section.
The victories earned Campolindo their 23rd and 24th cross country section team titles.
Check out results of the 2015 NCS Meet of Champions HERE!
November 7, 2015
Girls' Frosh Soph Victory Sparks Sweep of League Team Titles; Sun's Improbable Upset Tops List of Individual Champions
Having finished a distant 3rd behind Las Lomas' accomplished veteran and Miramonte's freshman phenom at both regular season contests, Hana Sun (16) was not considered much of a threat to take the individual crown in Saturday's varsity division of the DFAL championships. But when Chloe Hansel, the defending state champion, and Cassidy Haskell, the sections' top freshman, turned the race into a tactical affair, it was Sun who saved her best play for last.
Check out compete 2015 DFAL Championship results HERE!
October 28, 2015
Boys Sweep 2nd Center Meet; Girls' JV, Varsity Survive while Frosh Soph Falls
With victories in 5 out of 6 divisions, the cougars are still very much in the hunt to yet again sweep all 6 league titles at next week’s DFAL championships.
Check out results from Wednesday's meet at Shadow Cliffs Park HERE!
October 24, 2015
Levante, Essl Crush Seed Times at Trials
Using efficient pacing and a gritty final lap, Kelsey Levante (19) and Max Essl (19) crushed their seed times at the annual 1600m time trial.
Check out complete results and pictures from Saturday's 1600m time trials HERE!
October 16, 2015
Yabu Rolls to 6th Best Woodward Park Time in School History at Roughrider
Jared Yabu (17) stalked Bishop O’dowd’s Nick Downs for most of the Woodward Park 3.1 mile course at Friday’s Roughrider Invitational before blasing through the final 200 meters steal the victory.
Check out 2015 Roughrider Invitational results and pictures HERE!
October 10, 2015
Frosh, Frosh-Soph Take Trojan Titles
Using an aggressive start that positioned himself behind the early leaders, Teddy Buckley (19) led a parade of impressive finishes from the frosh boys' squad at the Castro Valley Trojan Invitational.
Find results and pictures from Saturday's Trojan Invitational HERE!
October 3, 2015
Mud Pit Claims Victims at Orienteering
Using a superior combination of navigational skills and aerobic fitness, Casey Chambers (18) claimed victory at the annual orienteering championships at Hidden Valley Park. The precocious sophomore also made use of his aquatic skills as he swam across the always treacherous main lake.
Check out pictures of the 2015 edition of the team orienteering championships in Hidden Valley Park HERE!
September 30, 2015
Team Sweeps 3rd Consecutive Center Meet; Yabu Battles to All-Time Record
With a sweep of all 6 divisions at Wednesday’s first DFAL center meet of 2015, the cougars picked up where they left off in 2014, as they push towards antoher perfect league-season record.
Check out complete DFAL meet article, results and pictures HERE!