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October 7, 2009 > Prep cross country and golf

Prep cross country and golf

By Gary van den Heuvel

Cross Country

Mission San Jose High School dominated their meet with Kennedy on Wednesday (Sept.30) at Mission San Jose. The boys won their race 15-44. Leading the way on the 3.1-mile course was Joey Uken, who ran the course in 16 minutes 48 seconds. Teddy Fong (16:58) and Matt Gosen (17:10) completed the Mission sweep at the top of the leader board.

The Warriors' girls team had an even easier time in their race, as Kennedy didn't have a complete team to run. Maddison Hirsch finished first with a time of 18:21, followed by Siwen Dickstein (18:35), and Erika Cherk (18:45).

The Artichoke Invitational in Half Moon Bay included local representation by Moreau-Catholic and Newark Memorial high schools. Moreau's Anika Adeni was the top runner for the girls, finishing in sixth place with a time of 14:49 in the Varsity Girls Small Schools race. Her teammates Erin Safremo (30th place with a time of 15:57), Maggie Hannon (53rd, 16:43), Mariah Garcia (54th, 16:43) and Karra Gardin (60th, 16:50) helped Moreau to a fifthe-place showing. Paige Natividad (57th, 16:45) and Bernie Pioroda (72nd, 17:09) were Newark's top two runners.

Moreau's boys took 10th out of 23 teams. The Mariners were led by Michael Temple (43rd place, 13:32) and Paul Burchak (44th, 13:33). Newark's top two runners were Tyler Jorgens (54th, 13:38) and Cory Ward (56th, 13:41).

James Logan High School and American were represented at the Scott Bauhs Invitational at Shadow Cliffs (Pleasanton). American's David Brody was the top local runner in the Varsity Boys Large Schools race, finishing in13th place with a time of 12:38. Logan's top two runners were Jose Baltazar (41st, 13:29) and Ben Jacobsen (48th, 13:34). Janae Mayfield was Logan's top runner in the Varsity Girls Large Schools race, finishing 23rd with a time of 16:08. Her teammate Ly Ho (16:37) finished in 32nd place. Logan's boys placed 11th, while the girls finished seventh overall.


In Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) action, Moreau had a difficult week, losing to San Leandro (213-246) at Monarch Bay Marina on Tuesday (Sept. 29), and falling by a mere one stroke to Arroyo (229-230) at Skywest Golf Course on Thursday.

Jessica Salas (whose 38 was one stroke away from being the best score of the day) and Anne Wang (46) were Moreau's top two performers against San Leandro on the par 30 course. San Leandro was able to win the match handily with four of the top five individual rounds.

Against Arroyo on Skywest's par-36 course, Salas (44) and Wang (55) made it competitive, finishing in second and fourth place individually. Moreau's two losses dropped their record to 2-5 in the HAAL.

The news wasn't any better for Mission San Jose, who lost to undefeated Castro Valley 200-232 at Willow Park Golf Course in Castro Valley. Maddison Hirsch didn't need her running shoes to post MSJ's top score, a 41 on the par-35, nine-hole course. Hirsch finished fourth, only three strokes behind the top score.

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