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November 25, 2009 > NCS cross country wrap up

NCS cross country wrap up

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The last time James Logan, Mission San Jose and Washington high schools ran together was for the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) cross country championship. Mission edged out Logan by one point on the boy's side to win, while the Lady Huskies of Washington had a more comfortable gap over the other two opponents to capture the women's side.

The results of the NCS Division 1 meet showed the same results, just different places in the standings.

Logan finished on top of Washington and Mission as they placed eighth, totaling 269 points. Washington followed the Colts up in ninth, but also gave the MVAL it's only state qualifier in Division 1, senior Ben Rich. Rich's time of 15:52 gave him ninth place in the individual standings and locked up a chance to compete for a state title.

Mission San Jose finished right behind the Huskies and Colts, to land in 10th place with 277 points. The Warriors' lead runner, Evan Dankiewicz, placed 43rd.

The Lady Warriors had a little bit more success in their meet with a sixth place finish. Sophomore Madison Hirsch set the tone as she completed a time of 18:48. Erika Cherk, who finished second in the individual standings at the MVAL, followed Hirsch with her time of 19:02. Overall, Mission finished with 154 points.

Washington saw lead runner Jessica Gerards collect a top-10 finish as she placed seventh with her time of 18:40. The Lady Huskies finished seventh in the overall standings, right behind Mission with 180 points. Logan placed ninth, a few spots behind their rivals.

In the Division 2 meet, Mt. Eden High School collected fifth place in the team standings. Their lead runner, junior Marvin Nugal, completed a run of 16:23. American High School also cracked the top 10 to finish in seventh place with 229 points.

Eagles' junior David Brody continued his dominant performance and placed sixth in a field of over 100. Brody's time of 15:57 was enough to earn him a bid to compete for a state title.

Arroyo High School's Andrew Snow will also advance to the state championships with his time of 15:58. Overall, the Dons landed in eighth place. The ladies of Arroyo faired a bit better then their male counterparts as finished in seventh in the team standings.

The rest of the field for the women was tight. Hayward High School compiled 283 points and finished in 11th place. The Farmers saw lead runner, Arriane Riley, complete the course with a time of 19:59, good for 24th. Mt. Eden finished 14th with 409 points.

California Interscholastic Federation's (CIF) 2009 State Cross Country Championships presented by Farmers will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, Nov. 28, with the first race beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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