Menlo School's Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep's Daniel Hill ran away with individual honors to highlight the West Bay Athletic League's second cross-country meet of the season on Thursday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.
Lacy was less than two seconds away from beating the course record. With the crowd rooting her on, Lacy looked unshakable as she extended her lead in entering the last mile. She finished the 3.1-mile layout in 17:46.9, just shy of the 17:45.0 time set by Gunn's Sarah Robinson last season.
The Menlo girls finished in fifth, missing two of their top runners because of injury. Crystal Springs won the title by 26 points over runner-up King's Academy.
Pinewood senior Nicole Colonna was fourth in 19:07.5, Priory junior Hana Marsheck was seventh in 19:54.9 and Pinewood sophomore Helena Merk 10th in 20:36.5 to highlight top-10 finishes.
Hill took the boys' race in 16:10.27 to lead the Gators to the team title, a three-point win (52-55) over Crystal Springs. SHP's Garrett Mack was fifth (16:44.8) and August Howell eighth (17:04.5) to pace the Gators.
Menlo's Robert Miranda was third and the top freshman in 16:36.3. Dennis Mandudzo crossed the line in 17:30.7, giving Menlo another top-20 finish at 14th.
Priory senior Ross Corey was sixth in 17:04.1.
Menlo-Atherton opened up a two-match lead in the PAL Bay Division race with a solid 25-11, 25-20, 25-19 victory over visiting Burlingame on Thursday night. The Panthers came into the match in second place, with a 6-1 record. The Bears moved to 8-0 and 17-1 overall.
M-A senior Devin Joos produced 19 kills and 16 digs while hitting .360. Sophomore setter Kirby Knapp contributed 37 assists and 11 digs, Leanna Collins added 15 kills, Ally Ostrow finished with 16 digs plus five kills with Kaitlin Tavarez contributing 10 digs. M-A hit .370 as a team with only eight errors in 95 attempts. The Bears next will compete in the Stockton Invitational this weekend.
In the WBAL Foothill Division, Menlo School rolled to a 25-21, 25-12, 25-15 victory over host Castilleja and remained atop the division standings. Junior middle blocker Olivia Pellarin had nine kills (no errors in 11 swings), hit .818 and had three blocks as the Knights moved to 5-0 in league (12-12 overall).
Junior middle Payton Mack had four kills (no errors), seven blocks, and two aces while freshman opposite Ashley Dryer had six kills and hit .600. Sophomore outside hitter Dea Dressel had four kills, 12 digs, and three blocks with freshman setter Kristin Sellers adding three aces and eight digs. Next up for Menlo will be the Stockton Classic this weekend.
In Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep dropped back in the WBAL Foothill Division race following a 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 loss to Harker. The Gators (2-3, 15-9) were led by Cate Dresler's 12 kills, 10 kills and 11 assists from Lilika Teu, 18 assists by Natalie Marshall and a solid effort by libero Jorden Schreeder.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Pinewood got 35 kills from Mehra den Braven to lead the way in a 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 15-7 victory over host Crystal Springs in Hillsborough. The Panthers improved to 3-2 in league (11-6 overall).
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn snapped a four-game losing streak with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 victory over visiting Monta Vista on Thursday night. Meghan Mahoney led Gunn with 15 kills with fellow senior Jessica Dinneen adding 10. Senior setter Nicole Brigham finished with 29 assists to keep Monta Vista winless (0-7) in league play.
In Los Altos, Palo Alto suffered its fourth straight setback while dropping a 25-14, 25-20, 25-7 decision to the Eagles in SCVAL De Anza Division play. Jade Schoenberger had six kills and 11 digs for the Vikings (1-6, 15-9) with fellow senior Hayley Poore adding 13 digs. Paly hit just .054 with 15 errors in 92 attempts. Carmen Annevelink had 20 kills for Los Altos (5-1, 22-3).
Boys water polo
With Ari Wayne tossing in six goals and fellow seniors Christian Znidarsic and Calder Hilde-Jones adding three each, Gunn moved closer to its second straight undefeated season in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 16-7 dunking of host Homestead on Thursday night. The Titans are 8-0 in league (10-5 overall) with four regular-season matches remaining.
At Palo Alto, the Vikings got eight goals from Winston Rosati in a 12-8 league win over Saratoga on Thursday night. Lucas Novak added two goals for Palo Alto (7-2, 8-10).
Girls water polo
Getting three goals each from seniors Erica Watkins, Bianca Batista and Emily Fitzgerald, Gunn remained atop the SCVAL De Anza Division standings with a 12-0 swamping of host Homestead on Thursday. Gunn coach Mark Hernandez was able to get every player into the game at the Titans moved to 8-0 in league (13-3 overall). Zoe Banks and Sam Acker shared goalie duties and the shutout.
At Palo Alto, the Vikings played without two of their starters and battled all the way before dropping a 7-5 decision to visiting Saratoga in SCVAL De Anza Division action. The Vikings (5-4, 8-9) had two first-period goals from Olivia Scola and freshman Sabrina Hall to take an early lead. Tess van Hulsen added the third goal to make it 3-1 at the half. Saratoga came roaring back in the third period with four unanswered goals.