On Saturday, the boys varsity sent a complete 7 runner team to compete at the venerable Stanford Invitational. Stanford, considered the most competitive meet in Northern California every year, featured teams from all parts of the Golden State whose intent was to run fast and evaluate afterwards. The Panthers, coming off a relatively easy win in their TCAL opener, tested themselves against this backdrop down on the Farm at Stanford.
Led by senior Zander Lieske (18:10) and sophomores Zax Lieske (18:13) and Riley Hartney (18:31), the Panthers ran “about as well as we could given the circumstances” according to head coach Jeff Rogers. “The guys were a bit tired after Thursday’s race and the early morning start today. Still, I’m glad we got out here and competed against this caliber of teams. Hopefully this will benefit us down the line.”
Following Zander, Zax and Riley was freshman Jeffrey Norris, who posted a time of 19:10 in his very first 5K high school race. Seniors Max Emerling, Coby Fan and Nic Lauxman made up the final three of the 7 that lined up for the Panthers.
For the girls, the weekend was filled with scheduling conflicts and prior commitments. Therefore, the defending TCAL champions could only manage to get 3 runners to the starting line. Sophomore Olivia Lawson continued her fine 10th grade campaign… finishing first once again for her team in a brisk 21:32. Fellow co-captain Wiona Tan competed with a ferocity that was pleasing to coach Denis Mohun’s standards. Her 22:09 run over the rolling, grassy 5k course was described as “very solid” by coach Mohun. Senior Maddie Daganzo, whose toughness and improvement continues to impress her coaches and teammates, just missed breaking the 23:00 barrier… finishing in 23:23.
Congratulations to all the Panthers who ran at Stanford on Saturday!