Paly runners are 6th in elite division of Stanford Invite


Palo Alto senior Kent Slaney improved his time on the Stanford Golf Course by 16 seconds in Saturday's star-studded field of 12 separate high schools races, including a seeded field that produced the top six times overall, at the Stanford Invitational cross country meet.

Slaney finished seventh in the race, running 15:01.50 over the 5,000-meter course. He was the eighth fastest overall and the top Central Coast Section runner.

Henry Saul was the second fastest Viking runner, improving his course time by 51 seconds in racing 15:54.90.

Sacred Heart Prep's Natalie Novitsky placed third in the girls' Division IV race, completing the course in 17:46.00, the 17th best time of the day across all divisions. Santa Cruz's Mari Friedman won the Division IV race in 17:38.50. Menlo's Eliza Crowder went 19:20.50 to finish in 22nd place.

Gunn's Jonas Enders ran 11th in the boys' Division II race, going 16:07.50. The Titans did not race a full team.

Palo Alto freshman Miranda Jimenez turned in a 19:25.20 and placed 31st in Division I girls, while Gunn's Natalie Hill went 19:45.80 for a 27th-place finish in Division II.

In boys Division IV, Max Cluss ran 16:42.60 as Sacred Heart Prep's top runner and Joshua Eichbaum went 17:54.50 as Menlo's top runner.

Priory's Jack Nash raced 17:19.10 and finished 34th in boys Division V, while Claire Traum ran 20:09.60 to help Castilleja finish fifth in Division V girls.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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