October 22, 2016
Subramaniam Earns Grand Prize with 29-Second Improvement over Seed Time
By all accounts, Saturday's annual team time trial was the most successful in the history of the event with 55 of the 67 competitors bettering their seed times for the 1600m distance. Topping the list of vast improvements was Adithi Subramaniam (19), who won her heat in 6:13.51, a whopping 29 seconds faster than her target mark.
In the final straight, Subramaniam overtook Elle Esquer (20), who was finishing her own remarkable performance. Esquer used an aggressive start to knock 20 seconds off her predicted time, finishing in 6:14.86.
The 2nd best improvement of the day came from Catherine Zhang (20). The hard-working freshman was entered at 6:52, but managed to win her heat in 6:26.96.
Other impressive victories included a 5:16.10 performance from Will Gipson (17), who outdistance the nearest competitor in his race by 5 seconds with a nifty final sprint.
The first sub-5 minute effort was turned in by Dylan Hoover (17) as he edged out Pablo Nguyen (20) and Derek He (18) who also dropped under the coveted standard. In the same heat, Hannah Ruane (18) and Isabella Chao (18) continued their remarkable season with times of 5:00.49 and 5:00.98, respectively.
The fastest heat of the day also proved to be the closest finish. Half-mile ace Niki Moore (17) defied conventional wisdom and took the lead from the gun with 2-mile specialists Jared Yabu (17), Ray Diaz (17) and Richard Gong (17) in tow.
The group was still tightly bunched at the half-way point as Kyle Flett (17) surged into contention. On the backstretch of lap 3 Yabu pulled ahead but could not shake off Moore and Diaz. At the bell that trio was still clustered with Gong just a step behind.
With 200m remaining, Yabu again surged to the lead, but again, Moore responded. The two separated from Diaz and Gong and battled through the final straight. At the line it was unclear to the naked eye who had taken the victory. Apparent however, was that the race produced exceptional times across the board, with 2 athletes under 4:30 and another 2 just over that mark.
The final outcome was determined by the electronic timing system: Moore had edged out Yabu, 4:27.82 to 4:27.85!
Check out complete time trial results and pictures HERE!
October 14, 2016
Flett's Career Best Helps Varsity Boys to Roughrider Title; Frosh Soph Girls Win
Another aggressive start positioned Kyle Flett (17) in the top 10 as he hit the mile mark on the Woodward Park course during Friday's Roughrider Invitational. The bold effort made Flett the #3 man for the varsity boys' as the squad offered up its best team performance of the year.
Enjoy results and pictures of the 2016 Roughrider Invite HERE!
October 8, 2016
Exchange Student Shows off Nordic Skill, Wins Annual Orienteering Championships
The sport of orienteering, unknown to many Americans, is a popular pass time in Scandinavia. Exchange student Petra Nord (17), who has participated in the sport in her home country of Sweden, demonstrated as much by outmaneuvering her opponents at Saturday's annual challenge in Hidden Valley Park.
Check out results and pictures of the Orienteering Championships HERE!
October 1, 2016
Ruane, Chao Earn Top Tandem Times at Stanford Invite; Boys Win on Tie-Breaker
Eclipsing the 2014 performances of Brighie Leach (15) and Toni Finnane (15), the latest Campolindo dynamic duo used favorable conditions at the 2016 the Stanford Invitational to set the best 1-2 performance of the day and climb to 2nd and 3rd All-Time on the Cougar course record board, behind 2-time state champion Carrie Verdon (12).
Check out results and pictures of the 2016 Stanford Invite HERE!
Septemer 28, 2016
Cougars Make Big First Impression, Win 55 of 56 Match ups to Open New League
Both frosh soph teams did their part to set the right tone at Wednesday's inaugural Diablo Athletic League cross country center meet at Hidden Valley Park, where the Cougars rolled to wins in 55 of the 56 dual match ups across the 6 divisions.
Check out results and pictures of the DAL Center Meet #1 HERE!
September 17, 2016
Chao, Ruane Land Top-20 Marks, Frosh Soph Girls' Team Takes 3rd Place at DLS
With a late surge in the closing stages of the frosh-soph girl’s race, Sarah Naughten (20), Maddie House (20) and Ellie Guthrie (20) each landed spots in the top 20 at Saturday’s De la Salle Invitational. Along with strong efforts from Kira D’Iorio (19) and Mia Travis (20), the frosh-soph girls earned a 3rd place finish in the team standings.
Check out complete DLS Invite restuls HERE!
September 10, 2016
Ayalon, Stafford, Si Knock 2 Minutes Off Previous Week's Time at Ed Sias Invite
Improving by a whopping 2:31 over her week-old practice meet mark, Roni Ayalon (19) topped a long list of athletes who enjoyed career best efforts at Saturday's 32nd annual Ed Sias Invitational.
Check out 2016 Ed Sias Invite pictures and complete results HERE!
September 2, 2016
Overell Leads Impressive Rookie Field; Summer Training Pays off Big for Essl
In the first race of the afternoon at Friday's "Little Ed" practice meet on the 2.0 mile Hidden Valley Park course, Emma Overell (18) ran a well paced solo effort to win the Rookie Girls' division by over 2 and a half minutes.
Check out complete practice meet results HERE!