M-A girls run into CCS finals after winning PAL title

Consistency was the keyword for the Menlo-Atherton boys and girls in cross country this season. The girls won all the regular-season meets while the boys finished third.

Not too surprisingly, that's where the Bears finished on Saturday at the Peninsula Athletic League Championships at Crystal Springs in Belmont.

The M-A girls remained perfect in league competition and successfully defended their PAL title by scoring just 20 points to easily defeat Half Moon Bay (48) and Aragon (114).

M-A sophomore Madeleine Baier improved upon her seventh-place finish of a year ago by winning the individual title in 18:41.5 over the 2.95-mile layout. She ran 20:01 last year.

Fellow sophomore Katie Beebe clocked 18:55.3 for second and senior Taylor Fortnam finished fourth in 19:48.6. She was also fourth last year while Beebe was 15th.

Senior Annika Roise was sixth for M-A in 20:04.8 and sophomore teammate Annalisa Crowe was seventh, rounding out the scoring in 20:04.8.

The Bears place all seven of their runners among the top 17 as sophomore Maddie Worden (20:57.7) was 16th and sophomore Cat DePuy (21:01.1) was 17th.

The M-A boys, meanwhile, finished third with 106 points while trailing Carlmont (22) and Half Moon Bay (62). The Bears were second last season.

M-A senior Zach Plante led the Bears with a sixth-place finish of 16:02.1. Adam Scandlyn was 16th (17:01.3), Kevin Conrad was 23rd (17:14.9), Arnaud Laprais 25th (17:20.9) and Charlie Cain 36th (17:51.8).

Next up for Menlo-Atherton will be the Central Coast Section Championships on Saturday, also at Crystal Springs. The girls will run in Division I at 2:40 p.m., with the boys following at 3:15 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Atherton
on Nov 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Nice work M-A!

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Posted by Ray
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Yay! MA is cool!

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

MA.... U Know!

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