September 30, 2009 > Prep cross country and golf
Prep cross country and golf
By Gary van den Heuvel
Cross Country league meets began on Wednesday, Sept. 23, for four MVAL teams. James Logan squared off against American High School at William Cann Park in Union City, while Newark Memorial raced Kennedy at Quarry Lakes in Union City/Fremont.
Boys - Logan 22, American 35. American had the fastest individual runner in David Brodie, who finished the course in 15 minutes and 48 seconds, but Logan placed second with Mason Hartwell's time of 16:35, third with Abraham Espinoza's 16:40, and fourth with Ben Jacobsen's 16:46, which gave Logan the win.
Boys - Newark Memorial 17, Kennedy 43. Newark dominated this race, as the top 3 finishers were all Cougars. Tyler Jorgens (17:32) had the fastest time and he was followed shortly by teammates Russel Mendonza (17:50) and Gage Wisneski (17:59). Kennedy's top performer was Taylor Rust (18:10).
Girls - Logan 24, American 31. Andrea Morales of American was the top individual runner with a time of 18:38 on Cann's 3.1-mile trail. However, Logan cinched the victory by finishing second (Gabe Stange, with a time of 19:14), third (Sarah Perrin, 19:47), fourth (Janae Mayfield, 20:01), and fifth (Ly Ho, 20:58).
Girls - Newark Memorial 15, Kennedy 50. Complete dominance by Newark, as the top 6 runners were Cougars. Winning the race was Bernie Pioroda (21:58), followed by Paige Natividad (22:07), and Kiana Clemente (22:46).
Logan also competed in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 26, along with MVAL rival Mission San Jose. Mission's girls finished a very respectable 41st out of 131 schools in the Girls Combined scores, led by Madison Hirsch's time of 19:45.01 in the 5K race. Stange was the top racer for Logan, whose team finished 124th, with an individual time of 22:19.81.
Jose Baltazar had the best Stanford time for the Colts in the Boys Combined, with a time of 18:15.71. Logan's boys finished 155th out of 168 schools. Mission fared slightly better, in 137th place. Joey Uken had MSJ's best time with a mark of 17:38.81.
Moreau Catholic High School improved to 2-3 on the season by defeating Bishop O'Dowd 263-301 on Monday, Sept. 21, at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland. Setting the pace for the Mariners were Jessica Salas's score of 44, just ahead of Anne Wang's 47.
Mission San Jose, whose girls golf team is a member of the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), lost a close match to San Leandro, 243-250, at Monarch Bay Golf Club in San Leandro. San Leandro's Linda Brown had an exemplary round, shooting a 36 on the par-35 9-hole course. MSJ was led by Taneesh Sra's score of 45 and Sarah Rotter's 49.