Priory girls sixth in state cross-country finals

Priory's Gregory and Paly's MacQuitty both finish 10th as top local finishers

The Priory girls' cross-country team came up with the top team performance by local squads at Saturday's CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Panthers finished sixth in the Division V team standings while sophomore Kat Gregory led the way with 10th-place finish of 19:17 over the 3.1-mile course.

Gregory was the top finisher from the Central Coast Section in the race and ranked as the No. 3 sophomore. Sophomore teammate Jennie Christensen was 49th in 20:50, senior Lauren Allen was 59th in 20:58, junior Devon Errington was 72nd in 21:21 and senior Liz Draeger capped the Panthers' scoring by finishing 92nd in 21:54 to help Priory score 229 points. University (San Francisco) won the team title with 71 points.

Also in the Division V girls' race, Castilleja finished 16th. Junior Rachel Skokowski led the Gators with a 26th-place finish of 19:59. Senior Laura Swenson was 78th (21:31), junior Anna Swenson was 106th (22:13), senior Crystal Ghosh was 104th (22:14) and sophomore Claire O'Malley was 121st (22:50).

In the Division I girls' race, Gunn finished 19th with 503 points while Carlmont was 11th. The Titans had beaten the Scots for the CCS team crown just two weeks ago. Junior Erin Robinson led Gunn with a 34th-place finish of 18:38, the third-fastest in school history. She was the only Gunn runner to finish among the top 100. Other Gunn scorers were sophomore Kieran Gallagher, senior Rachel Wittenauer, sophomore Melia Dunbar, and junior Sylvia Zhang.

In the Division II boys' race, Mountain View ran off with its first state title, scoring 98 points to easily defeat runnerup Glendora (158). Garrett Rowe led the Spartans with a fourth-place finish of 15:06.

Gunn, which finished second to Mountain View at the CCS finals, finished 15th (360 points) while Palo Alto, third at CCS, moved ahead of the Titans on Saturday to finish 12th with 304 points.

Paly senior Philip MacQuitty led the Vikings in 10th with a 15:24 clocking. He ranked 25th overall in all the boys' races combined. Josh Newby was 55th in 16:12, Peter Wilson was 98th in 16:36, Henry Jordan was 104th in 16:30 and Ben Sklaroff took 132nd in 16:54.

Gunn was led by senior Paul Summers, who won the CCS individual title, was 16th overall in 15:35. Also scoring for the Titans was Alex Johann (39th in 16:04), Robert Chen (16:42), Rory Runser (17:04) and Peter Chen (17:09).

In the boys' Division V race, senior Darryl Sepulveda of Eastside Prep was 38th overall with a time of 17:04.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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