With senior Sarah Robinson leading the way with a course record, the Gunn girls ran away with their third team title of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League cross-country season on Tuesday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.
The Titans placed four runners among the top 10 and scored 32 points to easily defeat Mountain View (88) and Los Gatos (89) in the final league-wide meet before the SCVAL Championships on Nov. 5.
"Sarah ran a great race as did the vast majority of our athletes," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. "It was a great day for Gunn cross country!"
Robinson reclaimed the course record she lost last Thursday to Harker's Niki Iyler by clocking 17:45 over the flat 3.1-mile course. Robinson recorded her time despite running off the course for 3-5 seconds, according to Plumer.
"The race doubles back and the lead bike continued on the path instead of making a sharp right toward the finish and Sarah followed," Plumer explained of Robinson's misadventure. "Lead bikes usually do that (before the finish line) but since it didn't stop and was following the cones that were to mark the course on the way out, Sarah followed him."
Robinson still ranks No. 2 in the Central Coast Section this season behind only Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley. Robinson won the Monterey Bay Invitational title on Friday in 17:50 over a 3.0-mile course, which coverts to a 17:27 at Crystal Springs -- where Maxwell has run 17:00 this season. That course will host the section championships on Nov. 16.
Gunn's Gillian Meeks was third in 18:53.3, freshman teammate Claire Hu was fifth in 19:05.2 and sophomore Maya Miklos finished ninth in 19:56.2. Rounding out the scoring was Elli Gardner in 20:10.5.
Palo Alto finished sixth with 191 points as freshman Bryn Carlson clocked 19:24.9.
In the boys' race, Palo Alto junior Lucas Matison clocked 16:08.2 while finishing second to help the Vikings take third in the team scoring with 120 points. Lynbrook captured the team title with 47 while Mountain View was second with 106. Gunn was fourth with 122.
Gunn senior Thomas Rasmussen was seventh in 16:43.8 and Paly freshman Kent Slaney was 11th in 16:59.
Menlo School moved closer to yet another undefeated season in the WBAL following a 7-0 victory over host Harker on Tuesday. The Knights (6-0, 16-1) have won 204 consecutive league dual matches since 1994, an ongoing state record.
Menlo School maintained its two-game lead in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) race with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-21 victory over visiting Castilleja. The Knights are 6-0 in league (22-5 overall) with four division matches remaining. The Gators fell to 4-3 and 13-9. Elisa Merten had 35 assists for Menlo and Katya Scocimara had 15 digs for Castilleja.
Also in Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep remained two games back of Menlo following a 19-25, 25-22, 28-26, 25-21 win over Harker. Junior Victoria Garrick once again led the Gators (4-2, 28-8) with 23 kills and 12 digs. Junior Natalie Marshall contributed 42 assists and 13 digs, Megan Lamb added 14 kills and Mamie Caruso finished with 15 digs.
In Portola Valley, host Priory (0-6, 13-8) dropped a 25-14, 25-22, 25-17 decision to Mercy-San Francisco.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Pinewood posted a 25-10, 25-14, 25-20 victory over host Eastside Prep. Mehra den Braven led Pinewood (4-4, 11-9) with 17 kills while Tehmi den Braven added 20 assists.
In PAL Bay Division action, host Menlo-Atherton snapped a two-match division losing streak with a 25-9, 25-8, 25-15 win over visiting San Mateo. The Bears (7-2 league) got 16 kills and 10 digs from Devin Joos, 19 digs from Virginia Lane and 19 assists from Megan Kurtz.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn lost for the fourth time in five matches following a 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 setback to host Los Altos. Erica Johnston had 14 kills and hit .346 for the Titans (3-5, 8-11) while Megan Mahoney added 10 kills and hit .318 as Gunn hit a respectable .316 as a team with 35 kills in 76 attempts and 11 errors. Nicole Brigham had 33 assists for Gunn with Johnston and Tahra Knudsen each adding 10 digs.
In nonleague play, Palo Alto (16-5) got 22 kills and 26 digs from senior Becca Raffel in a 25-10, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14 victory over visiting St. Ignatius. Jade Schoenberger added 10 kills, Keri Gee had 17 digs and Jessica Lee finished with 28 assists for the Vikings.
Boys water polo
Gunn moved closer to winning the SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season title following a 12-10 victory over host Lynbrook on Tuesday afternoon in San Jose. Quinn Hamilton scored four goals for the Titans (9-0, 12-6) and Coby Wayne added three.
Palo Alto, meanwhile, got a pair of goals from Sam Kelley in a 6-4 win over host Mountain View as the Vikings moved to 8-2 in league (18-4 overall) while attempting to wrap up the No. 2 seed for the league playoffs. Lucas Novak's goal with time running out in the third period proved to be the winner as it gave Paly a 5-3 lead.
Girls water polo
With senior Caroline Anderson equaling her season high of 10 goals, the Gunn girls water polo team moved a step closer to defending its regular-season title in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 16-4 romp over host Homestead on Tuesday night.
The Titans are 9-0 in the division (13-4 overall) with three to play after winning for the 10th time in their past 11 matches. Rachel Wong added five goals for Gunn, which pulled away to a 9-3 halftime lead.