Menlo School senior Kyra Pretre finished 13th overall, leading the Knights to a second place finish in Division IV at the CIF state cross country meet in Fresno on Saturday.
Pretre was one of five seniors, one is injured, who led Menlo to one of its greatest cross country seasons in school history. Katie Aufricht, Amanda Foster, Cameron Boom and the injured Charlotte Tomkinson were all at the state meet for the last time as a team.
Juniors Alexandra McCusker and Marisa Castagna and sophomore Sophie Gallo will return.
The Knights averaged 18:52, 15th across all divisions, third among NorCal schools and second, to St. Francis, in the Central Coast Section.
The Palo Alto girls averaged 19:04 in placing eighth among Division I schools at Woodward Park. The Vikings top two finishers Saturday were freshmen Elizabeth Fetter and Hillary Studdert. They lose seniors Ella Ball and Miranda Jimenez and return everybody else.
In Division V, Castilleja (20:03 average) placed fifth with senior Tevah Gevelber finishing sixth overall. She's the only senior among the other Gators who competed Saturday. Castilleja will return three freshmen and three sophomores, including Samira Kennedy, who was 13th overall.
Gunn was 20th in girls Division II, with senior Maansay Rishi the top finisher.
Among the boys, both Menlo in Division IV and Priory in Division V placed 15th overall. Kamran Murray placed 19th overall for the Knights. Calvin Katz followed in 29th.
Jason Draxler Sadler, Jadan Wenceslao and Ronan Byrne were Priory's top three runners.