Varsity Girls Cross Country

Priory's Gregory 1st , WBAL Championships

Date of competition: Friday, November 4, 2011

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Priory senior Kat Gregory defended her individual title and helped her team qualify for the Central Coast Section Championships while Sacred Heart Prep successfully defended its team crown at the West Bay Athletic League cross-country finals on Friday over the hilly 2.95-mile Crystal Springs layout in Belmont. Gregory remained unbeaten against league competition this season as she cruised to an easy victory. She has faster times at Crystal this season, including a season best of 18:12. She didn’t need to run that fast in the WBAL meet after missing the past eight days of training while resting a sprained ankle.

Sacred Heart Prep scored 61 points to hold off Crystal Springs (70) and Menlo School (76), which was missing its top runner – Maddie Price (out with an injury). The Gators got a second-place finish from freshman Gillian Belton (19:11.1) to lead the way. The top eight teams all qualified for CCS.

WBAL Championships
At Crystal Springs, Belmont (2.95 miles)
(Top eight teams advance to CCS)
Team scores --
1, Sacred Heart Prep 61; 2, Crystal Springs 70; 3, Menlo School 76; 4, Mercy-Burlingame 95; 5, Castilleja 125; 6, Priory 153; 7, King’s Academy 157; 8, Notre Dame-San Jose 174; 9, Mercy-San Francisco 263. Pinewood and Harker were incomplete.
Individual leaders
1, Kat Gregory (Priory) 18:44.5
2, Gillian Belton (SHP) 19:11.1
3, Elsa Valenzuela (CSprings) 19:18.9
4, Ragini Bhagttacharya (Harkeer) 19:35.2
5, Jordan Chase (Mercy-Burlingame) 19:44.5
6, Lizzie Lacy (Menlo) 19:51.6
7, Nicole Colonna (Pinewood) 19:55.0
8, Kathryn Leahy (SHP) 20:02.1
9, Julia Wood (Castilleja) 20:04.3
10, Marissa Roach (King’s) 20:06.1
11, Grace Stayner (CSprings) 20:20.0
12, Courtney Schrier (SHP) 20:29.9
13, Fiona Maloney-McCrystle (Castilleja) 20:34.7
14, Maddie Taylor (Menlo) 20:38.3
15, Sarah Field (King;s) 20:40.9
16, Regina Fitzpatrick (Mercy-Burl) 20:56.1
17, Jenny Shearer (CSprings) 21:03.4
18, Lianne Blodgett (CSprings) 21:08.7
19, Natalia Rivas (Menlo) 21:11.3
20, Meghan Holland (SHP) 21:13.4
Other SHP -- 27, Brooke Neider 21:38.1
Other Menlo -- 21, Alyssa Sherman 21:19.1; 25, Jessica Juan 21:31.5
Other Priory -- 23, Emily Moreton 21:20.9; 38, Maddie Pierson 22:36.5; 50, Alwyn Lansing 23:33.1; 58, Gabrielle Filloux 24:25.4
Other Pinewood -- 34, Niuniu Teo 22:16.2; 45, Hannah Dabagian 25:14.1; 48, Dariya Smith 23:31

posted by Keith Peters on Nov 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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posted by Keith Peters on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Priory senior Kat Gregory won her second straight WBAL title in cross country. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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