Palo Alto senior Kent Slaney raced to victory in the first Varsity Boys race of the Lowell cross country Invitational in Golden Gate Park on Saturday.
Slaney ran 14:29.5 to win by 23 seconds over second place finisher Jake Ritter of Granite Bay.
The Palo Alto boys ran well collectively, winning the race, 41-92, over Martin Luther King. Menlo-Atherton placed third.
The top five Vikings runners all finished among the top 15: Naveen Pai (15:22.9) in sixth, Henry Saul (15:28.7) in eighth, Spencer Morgenfeld (15:33.7) in 11th and Sam Craig (15:39.9) in 15th.
Menlo-Atherton's Luke Scandlyn ran a 15:38.8 to place 14th.
Palo Alto freshman Miranda Jimenez made a nice debut, racing 16th overall in the girls' varsity two event. Her time of 18:03.9 would have placed her fifth in the varsity one event.
M-A freshman Lena Kalotihos was the highest local finisher in the varsity one race. She went 19:03.1 for a 19th-place showing and the Bears were eighth overall.
Castilleja ran 12th, led by freshman Tevah Gevelber's 30th place finish in 19:31.5.
Castellija won the Santa Catalina tournament Saturday, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral, 6-1, in the semifinal and edging Salinas, 4-3, in the title match.
The Gators (6-1) received victories from all three doubles teams and No. 4 singles player Simran Sandhu to earn the championship.
Sandhu also won her match in the semifinal, as did the three doubles teams.
Girls water polo
Palo Alto reached the championship game of the Aptos Tournament on Saturday, losing to Valley Christian, 9-3, in the finals.
The Vikings (4-5) beat San Lorenzo Valley, 10-1, and Half Moon Bay, 8-2, to reach the title contest.
Sabrina Hall scored seven goals and Sophie Frick added six for Palo Alto, which will serve as the home team in a SCVAL contest against Gunn Tuesday at 645 p.m.
Gunn (3-3) defeated Menlo School, 14-2, Saturday at the Acalanes Invitational and was scheduled to play for the consolation championship later in the day.
The Knights (4-3) finished 12th after a 10-9 loss to Marin Catholic at Campolindo.
Parker Callender score three goals, had three assists and recorded three steals. Annie Bisconti added three goals and Sarah Donato added a pair.