The Menlo School girls cross country team maintained their overall winning streak by claiming the West Bay Athletic League Championship on Friday at Crystal Springs-Hallmark Park in Belmont. The boys placed second and both teams are headed to the Central Coast Section meet, returning to Crystal Springs on Saturday.
The Knights girls have won every race they have entered this season. Senior Kyra Pretre took silver, finishing the 2.95-mile course in 18:08.9.
On the boys' side, junior Kamran Murray won gold with a time of 15:44.9, crossing the finish six seconds ahead of his closest competitor.
The Knights placed all varsity girls among the top 14 to earn 34 points, topping second-place Castilleja by 26. Crystal Springs Uplands, led by freshman Kaiya Brooks in first place (with a WBAL freshman record 17:42.8), was third with 120. Sacred Heart Prep (124) was fourth, followed by Priory (188) in sixth. The top seven qualified for the CCS meet.
Sacred Heart Prep junior Luci Lambert was fourth in 18:33 and Castilleja senior Tevah Gevelber was fifth in 18:36.0. Casti freshman Samira Kennedy was eighth in 18:52.2.
Menlo junior Marisa Castagna was sixth in 18:49.8, senior Cameron Boom seventh (18:51.7), junior Alexandra McCusker (18:52.7) ninth, senior Amanda Foster (18:56.6) 10th, senior Katie Aufricht 11th and sophomore Pia Gallo 14th in the field of 53 runners.
Castilleja had its five scoring runners place among the top 20. Sophomore Abigail Krentz (19:57.3) was 12th, freshman Daniella Henderson (20:27.6) was 15th and freshman Parisa Braun (21.01.3) placed 20th.
Priory junior Eszter Horvath finished 13th in 20:10.1. Sophomore Emily Takara was Pinewood's top finisher in 31st, followed by sophomore Nicole Maneatis in 32nd.
The top 10 freshmen included Brooks, Kennedy, Henderson, Braun, SHP's Julia Soderbery (26th), CSUS' Malia Sladewski (28th), Priory's Lauren Saleh (34th) and Ava Ammari (35th) and SHP's Emily Leschin (37) and Christina Long (39).
The varsity boys' race was a tight one with Menlo finishing with 47 points, 10 behind the Gryphons. Priory was third with 81 and Sacred Heart Prep fourth with 84. Eastside Prep was seventh and Pinewood finished eighth. The top four advance to the CCS meet.
Priory senior Jason Draxler Sadler was third in 15:51.5 and Sacred Heart Prep junior Axel de Vernou was eighth in 16:45.7, followed by senior Matthew Chun in ninth with a time of 16:48.7.
Knights junior Calvin Katz was fourth in 15:59.4 and freshman Justin Pretre was sixth in 16:22.2. Senior Jackson Aldrich crossed the finish in 16:59.2 for 13th and fellow senior Luke Virsik in 17:43.1 for 23rd. Sophomore Nishan Rajavasireddy and freshman Aidan Deffner took 36th and 46th, respectively.
Priory's third-placer finish was highlighted by runners No. 2 through No. 6 finishing one after the other. Junior Ronan Byrne was 18th, freshman Evan Strohman 19th, freshman James Heron 20th, junior Jaden Kim 21st and junior Jadan Wenceslao was 22nd.
Pinewood junior Hudson DeGroff advanced to the CCS meet as an individual after placing 25th, just behind SHP sophomore Adrian de Vernou.
Eastside Prep's top runner was senior Heber Alvarez, who ran 18:30.0.
The Menlo JV girls won the WBAL finals with Grace Tang, Maddie Sanders and Sidney Peña sweeping the top three spots. Madison Pena and Isabel Schmidtke also finished the top 10, as did Castilleja's Tobey Solomon and Pip Carlson. Castilleja was third.
Priory, which finished third in the boys JV race, had two runners in the top 10 in Jack Dempsey and Zach Brousseau. Menlo, led by Ned Eyre, placed fifth overall. Sacred Heart Prep, with Bradley Haire, was sixth and Eastside Prep, led by Billy Rosas, was seventh.