State Meet takes its toll on local cross-country runners


Despite having all kinds of momentum following solid efforts at the Central Coast Section championships, area runners lost steam and pretty much ran out of gas at the CIF State Championships last weekend in Fresno. In fact, some never even made it to Woodward Park.

Priory junior Kat Gregory and Castilleja senior Rachel Skokowski didn't make the trip after finishing one-two in the CCS Division V finals. Gregory was still nursing a sore foot that limited her at the section meet while Skokowski took ill and called it a season.

Of those who did make the trek to Fresno, the best local efforts came from the same school. Menlo senior Sam Parker finished 31st in the boys' Division IV race over the 3.1-mile course (5,000 meters), clocking 16:39. He competed against 203 runners.

In the girls' Division IV race, Menlo freshman Maddy Price was 41st in a field of 188 while clocking 19:47. Both Parker and Price qualified for the State Meet with at-large berths and both were the No. 7 CCS runner in their respective division.

The next-best local finish came in the girls' Division V race where Fiona McCarthy-McCrystle of Castilleja clocked 20:46 while taking 55th overall. Teammate Camila McHugh was 64th in 21:02 as the Gators finished 18th (out of 20) in the team race without their best runner, Skokowski.

Without Gregory to lead the way, Priory senior Devon Errington led the Panthers with a 76th-place finish in the girls' Division V race. Teammate Maddie Pierson ran 107th in 22:41.

The Gunn girls were 16th out of 22 teams in the Division I finals, finishing one spot behind Carlmont. The Scots and Titans went one-two at the CCS championships. Gunn senior Erin Robinson was 67th in 18:58 while her freshman sister, Sarah, was 68th in 18:59. Kieran Gallagher, Melia Dunbar and Rachel Bent rounded out Gunn's scorers.

In the Division I boys' race, Gunn's Andrew Priory was 122nd overall in 16:39. In the Division V boys' event, Priory senior Arnaud Kpachavi was 69th in 17:46 while teammate Joe Farned was 114th in 18:24.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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