September 16, 2017
Girls Land 2 Podium Spots at DLS Invite
Both the varsity girls' and junior varsity girls' squads earned 2nd place finishes at Saturday's De La Salle Invitational at Newhall Park while the frosh soph girls' team finished 4th overall.
Adithi Subramaniam (19) did her part for the JV squad with a 2 minute and 25 second improvement over her 2015 time on the same course. Meanwhile, cross country rookie Bianca Chao (19) revealed her predisposition for endurance racing by finishing 3rd with the fastest 2 mile time of the day for the Cougars.
Also smashing her previous course record, Mia Travis (20) led the frosh soph girls' team, clocking 14:20 for 17th place. Catherine Zhang (20) was the 3rd scorer for the squad with an astonishing improvement over her 2016 time by 2 minutes and 14 seconds.
A trio of up-and-coming freshmen, Sydney Roberts (21), Jessi Rosiak (21) and Gracie Woidat (21), battled for the 5th and final scoring position for the frosh soph squad.
With 2 key members of the varsity girls' squad sidelined with injury, veterans Jenna Miles (18) and Isabella Chao (18) continued to churn out quality performances, finishing 3rd and 6th, respectively, in a stacked field. Elite youngsters Paloma Hancock (20), Alicia Hober (20) and Ellie Guthrie (20) provided ample backup as the defending NCS champions outs cored all but a powerful Granada team.
New course records from Sam Morasch (20) and Dylan Cronin (20) provided the foundation for the 3rd place frosh soph boys' effort. Leading the charge however, was top Cougar freshman Dylan Gunn (21), who closed well to grab 3rd place individually.
Agustin Meneses (19) and Eric Fossen (19) shaved more than a few seconds from their 2016 DLS Invite marks in the junior varsity boys race while Edward Buckley (19) dropped nearly a minute from his 3 mile course record to lead the varsity boys.
September 9, 2017
3-4-5 Finish Propels Frosh Soph Girls to Runner-up Podium Place at Ed Sias Invite
Besting her time from the 2016 edition of the Ed Sias Invitational by nearly 2 minutes, Ellie Guthrie (20) narrowed the gap between herself and her front-running teammates Alicia Hober (20) and Paloma Hancock (20) to finish 5th in the frosh soph girls' division of Saturday's season opening competition.
Mia Travis (20) also showed improvement, holding down the 4th position for the girls' frosh soph squad in 14:51, an improvement of 1:29 over her performance from a year ago. Sarah Naughten (20) rounded out the scoring for the Cougars, as they finished with 65 points, just 3 points back of 1st place Vista Del Lago.
September 2, 2017
Veterans, Rookies Test Fitness as Early Saturday Morning Offers Break from Heat
While rising early on Saturday morning may have been a challenge in itself, the cooler temperatures were a pleasant contrast to the afternoon highs experienced over the previous two days as the Cougars tuned up with races on the Hidden Valley Park 2.0 mile course.
Normally split into "rookie" and "veteran" contests, this year the practice meet included just two races, one for girls at 7:40am and one for boys at 8:10am.
While Isabella Chao (18) was credited with the win, she was accompanied by teammates Hannah Ruane (18) and Jenna Miles (18) for the duration of the race. The trio looked relaxed and comfortable as they crossed the finish line simultaneously in a time of 12:59. All three athletes have run faster on the course in the past.
Jessie Foxworthy (18) showed what a summer of increased mileage can do, knocking a whopping 40 seconds off her time from a year ago to finish 4th, just ahead of Paloma Hancock (20) in 5th.
Also revealing a new level of fitness was Ellie Guthrie (20), who ran an impressive 13:55 to finish 6th. The time is just seconds off her course best from last year's DAL championship meet and an impressive 2 minutes and 26 seconds faster than her performance in the 2016 practice meet.
November 25, 2016
Powerful Pack Propels Boys to 3rd Place; Chao, Ruane Earn Podium Spots at State
With a clutch performance from cross country rookie Niki Moore (17), who took over the #2 position for the Cougars, and a career best 16:08 for 5k from Edward Buckley (19), the varsity boys completed their historic season on the podium at the nation's most competitive state championships.
November 18, 2016
Varsity Harriers Continue NCS Streaks; Moore, Flett Clock Season Bests for Boys while Miles, Foxworthy Key for Girls Win
Damp, but not wet, the modified version of the Hayward High School 3.0 mile course posed little problem for the varsity boys, defending champions at Saturday's North Coast Section meet. Redwood High School, on the other hand, made the Cougars' run to a 4th consecutive title an arduous one.