Lacy, Hill run to runner-up finishes at Monterey Bay race


Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep senior Daniel Hill both ran to second-place finishes during races Saturday at the Monterey Bay Invitational at Toro Park in Salinas.

Lacy covered the three-mile layout, site of next month's Central Coast Section Championships, in 18:22. She was 14 seconds behind winner Cate Ratliff of Santa Cruz, but did beat standout Cupertino freshman Caroline Gee by eight seconds.

Lacy was the only Menlo girl competing.

In the boys' race, Hill was second in 16:13 while trailing Hassen Hassen of Willow Glen (16:04). Hill helped the Gators score 143 points and finish fifth in the team standings.

Garrett Mack (17:33), August Howell (17:37) and Brett Anstrom (17:41) all finished among the top 33.

On Friday, Palo Alto senior Lucas Matison finished second in the boys' varsity race to highlight local efforts. Matison clocked 15:55 as the top NorCal and CCS finisher while Yousef Baddour of West Torrance won in 15:45. Paly finished fifth in the team race with Menlo-Atherton sixth.

In the girls' varsity race, Menlo-Atherton finished fifth as a team and Palo Alto took sixth. The top local finisher was Madeleine Baier of M-A in 18th (20:09). Teammate Katie Beebe was 20th (20:09) and Paly's Bryn Carlson was 21st (20:10).

Girls volleyball

Menlo School went 3-1 at the Stockton Invitational on Saturday, improving to 15-13 this season. The Knights are now 8-1 in their past nine matches.

Menlo defeated Willows, 28-26, 25-14; downed St. Mary's (Stockton), 25-12, 25-21; lost to Marin Catholic, 25-22, 25-15; but rebounded with a 25-14, 25-12 win over Hillmar.

Meanwhile, Menlo-Atherton (19-3) went 2-2 in Stockton with wins over Presentation (25-9, 25-21) and Pleasant Grove (26-28, 25-13, 15-9) and losses to Rocklin (20-25, 25-19, 15-8) and Oak Ridge (25-16, 24-26, 15-8).

"Was a good tournament, in that we got a lot of kids playing time," said M-A coach Ron Whitmill. "Girls really played well against Presentation, probably our best-played match of the year. Contrast that with our worst-played match of the year against Oak Ridge.

"But, a lot of talented teams there. Everyone was going three games, so there were a lot of teams that were of the same level."

M-A sophomore setter Kirby Knapp had 104 assists and 25 digs in the four matches.

Boys water polo

Looking to avenge its only loss of the season, host Menlo dropped an 11-9 nonleague match to the East Bay's top-ranked team, Campolindo, on Saturday.

Menlo went down 4-1 midway through the second half and had trouble closing the gap. As the Knights closed the gap to 11-8 with 2:12 remaining in the game, they scored another goal as a result from one of senior Weston Avery's team-high four steals.

At 11-9, however, Menlo was thwarted by Campolindo goalie Spencer Tagg on a penalty shot with 33 seconds remaining and Campolindo held on to close out the game.

"To be 15-2 at this point in the season is great for us," said Menlo coach, Jack Bowen. "We learned a lot from both yesterday's overtime win against Bellarmine and then today's loss to Campolindo. The team's spirit is really high right now; they're having fun together and enjoying the immense success but also realize there's still great improvement to be made."

This week, first-place Menlo hosts Half Moon Bay in their penultimate PAL Bay Division match on Wednesday (4 p.m.) and then opens against Laguna Beach in the prestigious North-South Tournament that gets underway Friday at local schools.

Girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep saw its overall record dip to 13-5 following an 8-4 nonleague loss to visiting Campolindo on Saturday. Maddy Johnston led the Gators with two goals while Malaika Koshy and Layla Waters added one each. SHP goalie Emily Riley had nine saves.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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