Priory's Gregory, M-A boys run to top finishes at Stanford Invitational


Priory junior Kat Gregory had the best individual finish while the Menlo-Atherton boys had the best team effort to highlight local running efforts at the annual Stanford Invitational cross-country meet on Saturday.

Gregory, competing in the girls' Division 5 race over the 3.1-mile layout at the Stanford Golf Course, clocked 18:53 while finishing fourth. Teammate Devon Errington was 36th in 21:29 as the Panthers ran an incomplete team.

In the boys' Division I race, Menlo-Atherton's all-underclassman team ran a solid fourth place while scoring 147 points. Arcadia finished first with 69. M-A was the top finisher from the Central Cost Section, finishing ahead of Bellarmine.

The Bears were led by junior Jack Beckwith, who was 10th overall in 16:03. Following him was junior Michael Hester in 25th (16:38), sophomore John Lovegren in 35th (16:48) sophomore George Bair in 36th (16:48) and junior Spencer Berry in 41st (16:56).

The next best local team performance was turned in by the Palo Alto girls, who scored 375 points while taking 13th in Division I. Senior Susan Heinselman led the way in 38th (20:23) and was followed by Gracie Cain in 69th (21:05), sophomore Chika Kasahara in 8th (21:27), senior Leigh Dairaghi in 89th (21:33) and junior Lydia Guo in 93rd (21:38).

The next best individual performance other than Gregory was turned in by Gunn junior Erin Robinson, who finished 12th in the Seeded Girls' race in 18:19. Teammate Kieran Gallagher was 44th in 19:24. They represented the Titans, who did not field a complete team.

In the boys' Division 4 race, Menlo School senior Sam Parker finished 15th overall in 16:28 while teammate Lowry Yankwich was 78th in 17:29. Sacred Heart Prep fielded a complete team, finishing 20th. Zach Kaplan led the Gators with a 17:-7 clocking for 49th. Zach Watterson (17:49) was 95th.

In the boys' Division 4 race, Priory was 17th and Pinewood finished 19th. Arnaud Kpachavi, a senior, led Priory with an 18th-place finish of 17:19.

In the boys' Division 2 race, Palo Alto took 27th while Kokolai Solgaard led the Vikings with a 17:13 clocking, good for 52nd.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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