For the 7th time in 8 years, both girls teams ran away with championships at the TCAL cross country finals. While the JV girls won a closely contested race by a mere 2 points, the varsity girls completely overwhelmed the rest of the league to score a 26 point victory over the Albany Cougars.
“Both girls’ teams were ready to roll today,” said victorious head coach Denis Mohun at the victory celebration. “They didn’t make it easy on any of the other teams. They fought hard and ran tough. Both groups were outstanding and I’m proud of all of them.”
The varsity squad was led by 1st team all-league selections Jordan Cornet (2nd overall), Olivia Lawson (4th overall), Lucy Arevalo (5th), Nan Wemmer (6th), and Wiona Tan (7th)…. while sophomore Eliza Pease (9th) and senior Maddie Daganzo (12th) earned 2nd team honors.
The JV girls, who claimed their 8th straight TCAL league championship, were led by freshman Maddie Dwyer (3rd overall) and sophomores Ashley Robarts (5th) and Simone Rogers (6th). All three girls were named to the 1st team all-league team. Freshmen Emmi Akiyama-Tahara and Mallory Boell won 2nd team selections based on their 8th and 9th place finishes.
Both boys teams also ran tough, competitive races according to coaches Jeff Rogers and Rob Riccardi. For the varsity, the team finished 2nd behind defending league champion Albany. Senior Zander Lieske ran his way onto the 1st team with an 8th place finish while younger brother Zax (9th overall), Riley Hartney (11th), and senior Coby Fan (15th) all were 2nd team all-league medalists.
The Panthers also captured the runner-up spot in the frosh/soph boys race. Freshman Jeffrey Norris capped off a fine freshman league season with his 2nd place, 11:33 finish. His time was a personal best for the 2 mile course. Fellow freshman Ryan Painter narrowly missed earning a place on the 1st team all-league squad…. instead landing a spot on the 2nd team. Ryan finished 8th overall. Freshman Ryan Wong also ran a personal best to earn the final medal and placing as an all-league runner.
Finally, junior Talyn Mitchell ran his lifetime best in the boys junior varsity race which won him a medal and a position on the all-league podium.
Congratulations to all the Panther runners on a great league season. Both boys and girls varsity teams will focus their energies on the North Coast Section Championships to be held at Hayward High School on Saturday, November 17th.