Varsity Girls Cross Country win League Title

December 3, 2009

Kaylee Miu

The MVAL schools met at Coyote Hills Nov. 12 for a final race, as runners double-knotted their shoe laces and prepared themselves to fight for the the 2009 cross country league title. Washington, James Logan and Mission San Jose dominated this season and all three were determined to secure the title for their own school.

The Washington girls entered MVAL finals with a 5-1 record, losing only to Mission San Jose. However, the girls pulled through to victory with a final score of Washington 41, Mission San Jose 51, and James Logan at 61. Mission San Jose had an undefeated regular season, after a defeat by Washington, both schools share the league title as co-champions. Junior Jessica Gerards led the team, placing first (20:42), with junior Rachel Gerards coming in third (21:05), and junior Maggie Sullivan taking tenth (22:00). All three girls were 2009 First Team All League.
Boys Cross Country entered finals with a 4-2 league record, losing to both Mission San Jose and James Logan. Seeded third in league, the boys held their rank, with Mission San Jose 51, James Logan 52, and Washington 80. Defending champion senior Ben Rich placed second (17:55), with junior Jessie Chestnut following close behind (18:00), losing to junior David Brody of American High School (17:25).
North Coast Sectionals (NCS) at Hayward High Nov. 22 will give the boys team another chance to take lead and face off against Brody.

Huskies in the final stretch

November 11, 2009

Kaylee Miu

The rescheduled meet between Washington and Newark Memorial was combined into a tri-meet at Coyote Hills Nov. 4 with Irvington and Kennedy High Schools, sealing the last league meet of the year. The varsity boys came out strong as senior Ben Rich, junior Jesse Chestnut and senior Max Landon swept the first three places against Newark Memorial, and junior Marc Leprince taking fourth against Kennedy. The boys varsity squad ended their league season with a 4-2 record, losing to Mission San Jose and James Logan.

Freshman Nolan Peterson took his fifth win in the Frosh/Soph boys division against Kennedy. Recovering from muscle detachments, he will join the varsity boys at North Coast Sectional Championships after league finals.

“I’ve been out injured most of the season, but I’m healing pretty well right now, and am planning to have a good meet at MVALs,” Peterson said.

The varsity girls have powered their way into a 5-1 league record, losing to Mission San Jose. Lead by juniors Jessica and Rachel Gerards, the girls season came out stronger than their previous season. The girls squad crushed Newark Memorial as juniors Jessica Gerards, Rachel Gerards, Maggie Sullivan, freshman Jessica Yee and sophomore Kelsi Ocon swept the top five times. Junior Laura Dunford and sophomore Emma Johnston followed behind against Kennedy, as all seven girls dominated in the meet.

“A lot of us were injured or not feeling well [when we raced against Mission],” sophomore Kelsi Ocon said. “We plan to peak at MVALs, so hopefully we’ll all perform at our best.”

The Huskies will compete at the MVAL finals Nov. 12 against the league schools for entrance into sectionals.