In a battle between experience and youth, senior Sarah Robinson emerged on top while leading the Gunn girls' cross-country team to a victory at the annual Lowell Invitational on Saturday at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.
Robinson, one of the top runners in the Central Coast Section at any level, held off St. Francis freshman Julia Bounds for the individual title in the Girls Varsity Race 2. Robinson clocked 17:14 over the rolling 2.93-mile course while Bounds raced home second in 17:17.
Gunn's Gillian Meeks finished fifth in 17:56, freshman Claire Hu was 11th in 18:36 and Emily Aiken was 16th to help the Titans total 66 points. Riverside's Martin Luther King Jr. was second (74) while Menlo School finished sixth (175) and Palo Alto took eighth (183).
Palo Alto was led by Bryn Carlson's sixth-place finish of 18:09 while Menlo was paced by Zoe Enright's 18:24. good for ninth overall in the second of two varsity races.
In the first race, Menlo-Atherton finished second in the team race with 68 points while trailing only Las Lomas of Walnut Creek (47 points). Sacred Heart Prep finished ninth with 251.
The Bears were led by senior Taylor Fortnam, who finished fifth overall in 18:28. Sophomore Madeleine Baier was eight in 18:44, and senior Annika Roise raced home 16th in 19:15.
Sacred Heart Prep was led by freshman Natalie Novitsky's 19:37, which placed her 24th overall.
In the Boys Varsity 2 race, Paly's Lucas Matison was fourth in 15:09, Sacred Heart Prep's Daniel Hill finished 11th in 15:27 and Menlo-Atherton's Zach Plante was 14th in 15:33. SHP took eighth as a team, following by Paly in ninth and M-A in 10th.
Palo Alto won the Boys Sophomore 1 race and took second in the Freshman 1 race. The M-A boys took second in the Freshman 2 race while the Gunn girls were second in the Frosh-Soph 2 race.
Girls' water polo
Sacred Heart Prep saw its unbeaten season end with a 9-4 loss to host St. Francis in the championship match of the St. Francis Autumn Invitational on Saturday in Mountain View.
The Gators (6-1) had cruised to three straight victories in the two-day tourney, including a 9-4 semifinal win over Clovis, before running into the Lancers.
St. Francis jumped out to a 4-2 lead after one quarter and made it 7-2 at halftime. The Lancers also blanked SHP sophomore Malaika Koshy, who had scored a combined 13 goals in the three previous matches.
Castilleja went 1-3 in the tourney, posting a 9-3 win over Burlingame before suffering a tough 9-8 overtime loss to St. Ignatius on the final day. Cecila Aldrete and Stephanie Flamen each had five goals in the two victories while Anna Yu added four. Goalie Maddie Tarr had 16 saves in the two matches.
Menlo-Atherton finished 2-2 in the tourney, losing to Las Lomas, 7-6, before beating Saratoga, 8-2. Palo Alto went 0-4 following a 3-2 loss to St. Ignatius and a 12-7 setback to Burlingame.
At the Acalanes Tournament, Gunn finished seventh after splitting a pair of matches Saturday. The Titans (4-3) dropped a third-round match to Monte Vista (Danville), 11-4, but bounced back to beat Rio Americano, 11-6, as senior Caroline Anderson scored six goals.
Boys' water polo
Palo Alto (3-1) finished fifth at the annual John Schmitt Invitational at Bellarmine Prep following a 9-5 win over Serra and an 8-6 triumph over Valley Christian on Saturday.