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November 16, 2010 > Colts, Huskies win MVAL cross country title

Colts, Huskies win MVAL cross country title

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

James Logan High's boys and Washington High's girls cross country teams finished Coyote Hills' three-mile race on Wednesday, Nov. 10, as Mission Valley Athletic League champions despite not having an individual win the race outright.

In the boys race, Washington High School, which finished third with a score of 68, had the top two finishers. Jesse Chestnut won the race with a time of 17:20; Nolan Petersen finished 34 seconds off the pace (17:54) to come in second. Newark Memorial's Russell Mendonca (18:01), Mission San Jose's Avery Kruger (18:01) and American's Alex Kunz (18:18) rounded out the top five. Konner DeLong of Irvington finished sixth (18:23).

Logan's top runner in the MVAL Championships was Jose Baltazar, who finished the race in seventh with a time of 18:30. Tom Hu (18:49) was the next finisher for Logan, coming in 10th, just behind American's Spencer Yee (18:35) and Mission San Jose's Dinakar Guthy (18:39). Logan's Noel Anaya (18:50), Michael Yee (18:52) and Araham Espinoza (18:55) were the races next three finishers, showing the Colts' depth.

In the end, Logan finished with a score of 53, nine points ahead of the second-place Eagles from American High. After third-place Washington was Mission (73), Irvington (114), Newark (117) and John F. Kennedy (inc.) to round out the boys race.

For the girls, Andrea Morales of American, a team that finished in fourth with a score of 94, crossed the finish line first with a time of 20 minutes and 30 seconds, three seconds ahead of Madison Hirsch of Mission San Jose, a team that finished second with 46 points. (Erika Cherk of Mission finished with a time of 21 minutes even to cross the finish line fifth overall.)

Washington, who finished with 35 points, an 11-point edge over second-place Mission, had the races' third- and fourth-place finishers: Jessica Gerards (20:43) and Maggie Sullivan (20:45). Jessica Yee (7th, 21:16) and Rachel Gerards (8th, 21:21) also finished in the top 10 for the MVAL champions.

Logan's girls team finished in third place as a team with a score of 62. The Lady Colts' top runner was Amihan August, who finished sixth with a time of 21 minutes and 15 seconds. Tiffany Monsulad of Logan also finished in the top 10 with a final time of 21 minutes, 24 seconds.

Newark Memorial finished fifth as a team with a score of 111. Their top runner was Alex Cardenas, who finished just out of the top 10, coming in 11th with a time of 21:57. Irvington was the next team in the MVAL Championships standings with a 134 score. Rachel Heng led the Lady Vikings with a time of 22:32, finishing 16th overall. And Kennedy came in seventh as a team with an incomplete race. Kylie Stoeppel raced well for the Titans, finishing 32nd with a final time of 26 minutes.

In the Hayward Area Athletic League Championships at Hayward High School on Saturday, Nov. 13, Mt. Eden (48) won the boys three-mile race, edging out Castro Valley (54). Moreau Catholic (3rd, 77 pts), Bishop O'Dowd (4th, 78), Arroyo (5th, 103), San Leandro (6th, 128), Tennyson (7th, 189) and Hayward (8th, inc.) rounded out the standings. In the girls HAAL Championship race, Castro Valley topped the standings with a 37 score, beating second-place Arroyo (48) by 11. Bishop O'Dowd (3rd, 61), Moreau (4th, 71), and Mt. Eden, San Leandro, Hayward and San Lorenzo (T-5th, inc.) rounded out the team results.

Next up for cross country is the North Coast Section's State Qualifying race on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Hayward High.

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