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October 12, 2004 > Tri-City Cross Country Runners Spectacular at Prestigious Stanford Invitational

Tri-City Cross Country Runners Spectacular at Prestigious Stanford Invitational

by Praveena Raman

Saturday, September 25th dawned bright and sunny. This was the day runners from four Tri-City high schools were participating in the prestigious Stanford Invitational, a cross country meet that attracts more than 3000 runners from high schools and universities around the country. The largest cross country meet in Northern America and the top meet in Western United States, the Stanford Invitational took place on the Stanford golf course at the second hole. The annual event, co-hosted by Palo Alto High School, started in the morning with top runners from the various high schools and ended in the afternoon with the university races. Schools could enter the top 7 of their varsity and junior varsity (JV) runners in the race.

Runners from the Tri-City area were slated to compete at midday. With the temperature soaring to 90 degrees the coaches and parents were concentrating on keeping the runners hydrated while soaking in the festive atmosphere. The runners stood in groups after warm-ups absorbing the excitement before the race. The green, manicured, rolling landscape provided a beautiful backdrop to the mob of colorful runners. It was a daunting sight to see about 200 to 300 runners line up to race. An interesting aspect of a race at a golf course was having a golf cart escort the lead runner and another at the end as a sweeper making sure to be at hand in case a runner needed help.

Tri-City area schools that participated in the event were Mission San Jose High School and Irvington High School (Fremont), Newark Memorial High School (Newark) and James Logan High School (Union City). Of these schools, only Mission had enough runners to form teams at all levels; boys and girls varsity and boys and girls junior varsity. James Logan was the only school that did not have a team of runners at any level. Irvington had varsity boysÕ and girlsÕ team and a boysÕ junior varsity team while Newark had a girlsÕ junior varsity team. A school needs at least five runners to form a team.

The varsity runners ran a three mile meet while the JVs ran a two mile meet. LoganÕs Yosef Ghebray ran a fantastic meet in the boys unseeded Division I varsity section and placed 1st out of 270 runners with a time of 15:43 minutes while in the girls varsity, MissionÕs Liz Eve led the Tri-City runners in the seeded Division 2 section and placed 50th out of 237 runners with a time of 20:47 minutes. In the Junior Varsity arena IrvingtonÕs Steven Baugher led the boys with a time of 11:28 minutes while MissionÕs Katherine Eve led the girls with a time of 12:31 minutes.

Team Results:
Boys Varsity Division 2: Out of 42 teams, Mission San Jose High School placed 19th,
Irvington placed 24th

Girls Varsity Division 2: Out of 34 teams, Mission San Jose High School placed 23rd,
Irvington placed 32nd.

Boys Junior Varsity Divisions 1& 2: Out of 34 teams, Mission San Jose placed 29th and
Irvington placed 30th.

Girls Junior Varsity Divisions 1&2: Out of 24 teams, Mission San Jose placed 20th and
Newark Memorial placed 23rd.

Tri-City runners results (Level, name, time and school)

Boys Varsity (3 miles):
Josef Ghebray (15:43, Logan); Kevin Festini (17:07, Mission San Jose); Brandin Martin (917:21, Irvington); Jeff Zmolek (17:25, Irvington); Mike McLaughlin (17:38, Mission San Jose); Josh Weinert (18:42, Newark Memorial); Matt Cobette (18:43, Logan); Trevor Addison (18:33, Mission San Jose); Kevin Jeng (18:44, Mission San Jose); Malizum Coleman (18:53, Newark Memorial); Jack Husting (19:03, Irvington); Usman Qasim (19:04, Irivngton); Chris Chandler (19:21, Newark Memorial); Felix Huang (19:26, Misison San Jose); Dustin Hsu (19:57, Mission San Jose); Keith Strong (20:14, Irvington); Brian Mendonca (20:33, Newark Memorial); Tim Camara (20:36, Irvington); Matt Burri (20:44, Irvington).

Girls Varsity (3 miles):
Liz Eve (20:47, Mission San Jose); Adiam Yonas (21:12, Logan) Kristina Punwani (21:53, Irvington); Jennifer Blenis (22:11, Mission San Jose); Allyson Blenis (22:49, Mission San Jose); Audrey Novick (22:58, Mission San Jose), Tanya Przybyla (23:07, Newark Memorial); Manali Sheth (23:16, Mission San Jose); Jody Radach (24:07, Mission San Jose); Tammy Tsai (24:33, Irvington); Sarah Baugher (24:46, Irvington); Laurie Holtog (24:50, Irvington); Anna Chan (27:01, Irvington); Sammy Smith (27:54, Irvington).

Boys Junior Varsity (2 miles):
Steven Baugher (11:28, Irvington); Simon Xu (11:34, Mission San Jose); J.R. Guzman (11:40, Mission San Jose); Shan Howerton (11:42, Irvington); Kushal Kadakia (11:57, Irvington); Christian Kang (12:00, Mission San Jose); Baran Ho (12:11, Mission San Jose); Albert Liu (12:21, Mission San Jose); Robert Meyers (12:21, Irvington); Patrick Herndon (12:33, Irvington); Ryan Flowe (13:14, Irivngton); jake Iremonger (13:24, Newark Memorial); Andrew Przepioki (13:52, Newark Memorial); Bryant Soong (14:11, Mission San Jose); Matt Joens (14:24, Irvington); Jean Olivares (14:30, Newark Memorial); Eduardo Ruiz (14:33; Newark Memorial);

Girls Junior Varsity (2 miles):
Katherine Eve (12:31, Mission San Jose); Jessica Jassar (13:01, Logan); Julie Hughes(13:42, Mission San Jose); Michelle McKee (13:43, Newark Memorial); Jessica Perez (13:54, Mission San Jose); Mekala Raman (14:17, Mission San Jose); Priya Sajja (14:32, Mission San Jose); Camille Caruncho(14:50, Newark Memorial); Cheryl Young (15:01, Newark Memorial); Veronica Madrigal (15:03, Irvington); Cheryl Seaborg (15:13, Mission San Jose); Sarah Perez (15:26, Newark Memorial); Vanessa Bahney (15:58, Irvington); Meeka Gandhi (16:08, Irvington); Sarah Sanders (16:09, Irvington); Molly Clements (16:33, Newark Memorial); Jessica Mortimer (19:02, Newark Memorial)

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