The Stanford Invitational cross-country meet will make its annual appearance on Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course with thousands of high school runners from the West Coast taking part.
Three separate meets last weekend provided solid tuneups for some of the teams that will be running at Stanford this weekend.
In Pebble Beach, the Gunn girls' relay squad of junior Kieran Gallagher, junior Melia Dunbar, senior Emma Dohner, freshman Sarah Robinson, and senior Erin Robinson captured team honors in the Large Division at the 43rd annual Stevenson Invitational on Saturday. The Titans clocked 48:35, the fastest of any girls' team on the day. The time, which beat the previous school record of 48:36 from 2007, was over a minute and a half faster than Small Division winner San Lorenzo Valley (50:10).
The Gunn boys ran split squads with the juniors Peter Chen, Michael Underwood, Drew Pilgrim, Tommy Kidder and Andrew Prior winning the Sub-Varsity Division in 44:30 and taking sixth overall while seniors Rory Runser, Ian Wilkes, Naor Deleanu, Will Strickfaden and Sam Dawson took 10th.
At the Lowell Invitational in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Saturday, the Menlo-Atherton boys and Palo Alto girls both finished second in their respective divisions on the 2.93-mile course at Speedway Meadow.
The Bears (62 points) finished second to Bellarmine (36) in the Boys Varsity 2 race. M-A junior Jack Beckwith led the way in fourth place (15:22) while junior Michael Hester was seventh in 15:26. George Baier, Spencer Berry and John Lovegren finished 16, 17 and 18th (respectively), all in the same time (15:55).
The Paly girls scored 70 points while running second behind Villa Park (27) in the Girls Varsity 2 race. Paly senior Susan Heinselman led the Vikings in sixth (19:28) and finished seventh overall in the combined divisions. Leigh Dairaghi was 13th (20:11), Maryssa Sklaroff was 15th (20:13), Gracie Cain was 17th (20:14) and Nora Rosati was 19th (20:17) for the Vikings.
In the Girls Varsity 1 race, Castilleja senior Rachel Skokowski finished second in 18:25 and Menlo School freshman Maddy Price was 15th in 19:37.
In the Boys Varsity 1 race, Menlo School was 10th (255) and Palo Alto finished 11th (261) while Los Altos ran away with the individual team crown with 74 points.
Menlo senior Sam Parker led the Knights in fifth place (15:42) while freshman Matti Myers was 34th in 16:52. Palo Alto was paced by junior Nikolai Solgaard, who was 11th in 16:05. Junior teammate Corso Rosati was 30th in 16:43.
At the Palma Chieftan Classic at Toro Park in Salinas on Saturday, Priory junior Kat Gregory finished sixth in the Girls Varsity division in 19:43 over the 3.0-mile course. Her time was good enough for seventh overall in all the divisions combined. Teammate Devon Errington was 21st in 21:07.