While many of the top teams rested their varsity runners for this weekend's Mt. SAC Invitational cross-country meet in Walnut, the Gunn boys and girls took full advantage and raced to team titles at the SCVAL Baylands Cluster Meet over a 3.1-mile course at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale on Thursday.
Gunn sophomore Sarah Robinson remained unbeaten this season in three races as she ran to the individual title in 18:31.2 and paced the Titans to the girls' team crown with 54 points.
Senior Kieran Gallagher made her season debut for Gunn and finished seventh overall in 20:20.4. She's been sidelined with a stress fracture. Melia Dunbar finished ninth while Christine Priory (15th) and Torey Butner (22nd) wrapped up the Gunn scoring.
The Palo Alto girls finished third with 83 points with freshman Katie Foug leading the way in third in 19:42.2 while junior Chika Kasahara raced home in fifth in 20:06.7.
Gunn sophomore Eliana Ribbe won the varsity 'B' race in a time that would have earned her 19th in the varsity 'A' race.
In the boys' race, Gunn senior Andrew Prior finished second overall in 16:02.9 to pace the Titans to the team title with 63 points while defeating 12 other teams. Peter Chen, Daniel Kriegel, Michael Underwood and Rishi Agarwal all finished among the top 24. Agarwal, in only his first season of running, continued to impress.
Palo Alto was seventh with senior Nikolai Solgaard leading the way in seventh in 16:42.1.
Gunn freshman David Lee-Heidenreich led the frosh-soph boys to a surprising victory with a 10th-place finish.
At the Center Meet No. 2 at Crystal Springs in Belmont, Priory senior Kat Gregory finished second in the girls' race over the 2.95-mile layout. She clocked a season-best 18:12 to trail only Vanessa Fraser of Scotts Valley (17:43). Gillian Belton of Sacred Heart Prep was fifth in 19:35 and the top freshman in the race. Sophomore Taylor Fortnam of Menlo-Atherton was ninth in 19:57 and Kathryn Leahy of SHP finished 10th in 19:59 to help pace the Gators to a second-place finish while M-A took third.
In the boys' varsity race, Sacred Heart Prep senior Zach Kaplan finished fifth overall in 16:27 to pace local runners. Teammate Kyle Burbach was 15th in 17:02 with junior Steven Glassmoyer taking 18th in 17:19 to help the Gators score 82 points and finish second in the team race behind Aragon's 28 points.