Gunn packed up its cross-country teams and headed for the hills, Angels Camp to be exact, to compete in the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational in El Dorado County on Saturday. The lengthy trip proved to be well worth it for the Titans.
The varsity boys won their division title and sophomore Sarah Robinson captured individual honors in the girls' varsity race over a hilly 3.0-mile course in 90-degree heat.
The Gunn boys scored a six-point victory (86-92) over runner-up McClatchy thanks to a second-place finish by senior Andrew Prior in 16:46. Seniors Peter Chen (17:45) andf Michael Underwood (17:51) also were among the top 20 in 13th and 15th, respectively. Shaun Yee (18;1) and Rishi Agarwal (18:47) raced home among the top 35 to factor into the scoring.
In the girls' varsity race, Robinson averaged 6:28 per mile while clocking 19:24 to win comfortably by more than a minute. Christine Prior, in her first season of running cross country, was a solid ninth in 21:35.
Drew Bent of Gunn was second in the shorter sophomore race in 12:19 and Gunn's Elle Ribbe was second in the girls' sophomore race in 14:59. In the freshman races, Gunn's David Heidenreich-Lee was seventh in 12:54 and Catherine Kim was 13th in 16:24.
While Gunn was running in the hills, a host of other local runners were testing the rolling terrain at the Stanford Golf Course in the annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday.
Priory senior Kat Gregory had the best finish of any local runner, boy or girl, by taking second in the girls' Division V race. Gregory clocked 18:29 over the 5,000-meter course (3.1 miles) while finishing 29th overall in all the girls' races combined. Carrie Verdon of Campolindo had the fastest overall time of 16:58.8.
In other girls' highlights, Palo Alto finished 12th out of 29 Division I teams as freshman Katie Foug led the way in 24th in 19:29 and Chika Kasahara was 42nd in 20:01. In the girls' Division V race, Castilleja junior Fiona McCarthy-McCrystle was 24th in 20:35 and freshman Nicole Colonna of Pinewood was 34th in 21:14. In the girls' Division IV race, Menlo sophomore Maddy Price was 39th in 20:14.
Menlo-Atherton senior Michael Hester helped the Bears finish 10th out of 22 teams in the Boys' Seeded Division by finishing 19th in the elite race. Hester clocked 15:57 over the 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) course with senior teammate Jack Beckwith next in 43rd in 16:25.
In other boys' highlights, Palo Alto's Nikolai Solgaard was 28th in the Division II race in 16:24; Daniel Pugliese of Menlo School was 32nd in 16:53 and Zach Kaplan of Sacred Heart Prep was 44th (17:12) in the Division IV race; and Joe Farned of Priory was 57th in 18:15 in the Division V race.
Gunn and Palo Alto will be back in action Tuesday at the Central Park Invitational in Santa Clara. Castilleja, Priory and Sacred Heart Prep will open their West Bay Athletic League seasons on Thursday at San Bruno Mountain.
Priory won its first game of the season as running back James McDaniel rushed for a career-high 292 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 40-36 triumph over visiting Alma Heights Christian on Saturday in eight-man action. His touchdown runs were 60, 33, four and three yards. He also added a two-point conversion.
Priory had just eight players available in the second half, which forced McDaniel to take charge on offense.
Pinewood had to cancel its eight-man game with King's Christian (Lemoore) due to having too many injuries and not being able to field a team.
Menlo School breezed through the first three rounds of the Chris Chandler Invitational before falling to Monta Vista (Cupertino) in the final on Saturday in Atherton.
The Knights defeated St. Francis- Central Coast Catholic (25-14, 25-18) in the first round, then beat Monta Vista (25-14, 25-16) in the second round. Menlo did not give up a game to The Kingâ€™s Academy, winning 25-9, 25-10. In the final, Monta Vista avenged its earlier loss by defeating the Knights, 28-26, 12-25, 15-11.
Menlo sophomores Maddie Huber and Melissa Cairo earned all-tournament honors.
The six-team invitational brought together a strong field of Central Coast Section teams, including three 2010 CCS playoff contenders from divisions I, III and IV.
At City College of San Francisco, Castilleja went 2-3 in the NorCal D5 Showcase on Saturday while missing starters Lindsay Wang and Jessica Norum, both out with the flu.
The Gators (12-8) opened with a 25-18, 25-15 win over Urban, lost to Ripon Christian, 22-25, 25-19, 15-13, topped College Prep, 25-22, 25-23, lost to Branson, 25-23, 25-21, and then fell again to Ripon Christian, 15-25, 25-20, 15-8.
Castilleja's Jen DiSanto and Lucy Tashman were selected to the all-tournament team.
At the Menlo-Atherton Invitational, the Bears finished second following an 18-25, 25-23, 15-4 loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the title match.
The Bears (9-4) went 4-1 in the tourney after beating SHC in pool play along with Mountain View and Woodside. A 25-19, 25-20 win over San Benito-Hollister in the semifinals earned M-A a shot at the title.