Cross Country Highlights 2011
Spencer Moore, Duncan Calvert lead Panthers at StateNovember 28th
The California State Championships are, as thousands of aspiring runners found, the pinnacle of cross country running. Talent, drive, resolve and enthusiasm
engulfed Woodward Park (Clovis, CA) on Saturday as California’s top runners tested themselves against the best from around the Golden State. In the end, the Panthers from Saint Mary’s represented themselves with pride and determination. Sophomore Spencer Moore was an individual medalist, finishing 9th in a personal best and school-record 18:07. Mary Harrington (20:37), Natalia Riccardi (20:43), Lianne McKinney (21:00), Olivia Duncan (21:44), Amanda Keith (22:11), and Kimiko Masuoka (22:46) also competed for the 13th place Panthers.
For the boys, senior Duncan Calvert narrowly missed the medal stand, finishing 12th in his personal best 15:58. Duncan’s time also places him 4th in school history on the Woodward Park
course. Following Duncan were Stevie Greene (16:38), Patrick Mariolle (16:47), Nate Hill (17:20), Josh Dull (17:47), Stephen Giuntini (17:53) and Victor Munoz (18:22), who together placed 11th.
In sum, what a great season it has been! Thanks for all the support, cheers, good will and effort that has come from the runners, parents, coaches and administration. Saint Mary’s….. Hail!!
Panthers Run Wild; Boys 1st, Girls 2nd at NCS ChampionshipsNovember 20th
Buoyed by strong individual performances from Spencer Moore, Duncan Calvert and Stevie Greene, both girls and boys cross country teams ran their way to the state meet championships with strong performances at the North Coast Section Championships on Saturday.
The girls, whose recent performances suggest they are peaking at just the right time, were sparked by an unbelievable race from Spencer Moore. Racing against Nicole Lane fro El Molino High School, Spencer passed through the first and second miles in a virtual dead heat with Lane… matching strides, tempo and determination with the top-ranked Lane until finally succumbing in the final 100 meters. Still, Spencer’s time is the 4th fastest in the history of NCS Division IV girls cross country and the fastest time in school history. Her efforts earned her 1st team all NCS (all divisions) and, more importantly, earned her team a trip to Fresno next week. Mary Harrington and Natalia Riccardi also scored a pair of top 13 finishes… while emerging sophomore Lianne McKinney ran a personal best to finish 18th. Amanda Keith, Caitlin Kloess and Sarah Allison finished the scoring for the Panthers, whose 67 points were good for the runner-up spot behind winner Arcata High School. All in all, the lady Panthers performance was more than praise-worthy on Saturday… it was simply awesome!
For the boys, team titles and championships are not new… with 3 of the last 5 titles being adorned by the red and white of Saint Mary’s. However, this group… led by seniors Duncan Calvert, Stevie Greene and Nate Hill… could not take ownership for the previous championship crowns. Saturday changed that fact. Having been the top-ranked team the entire year, this group of Panthers showed why with a gritty, hard-fought, convincing win over 2nd ranked Sir Francis Drake (San Anselmo) that officially cements this group as one of the school’s best ever. Duncan Calvert led the way, finishing 3rd. Stevie Greene joined him on the All-NCS team with a 5th place finish… followed by Patrick Mariolle, Stephen Giuntini, Nate Hill, Guy Forte and senior Victor Munoz. Together, this group amassed a mere 60 points to win by 19 points.
Congratulations to all the athletes, parents and coaches for this tremendous accomplishment. Saint Mary’s will have a 26 member contingency traveling to Fresno Friday morning for the State Championships. The races are Saturday morning: girls race at 8:30 am… boys at 9:40 am. Hope to see you in Fresno!
Boys Cross Country featured in latest “Sports Star” MagazineNovember 14th
Read about the Boys Cross Country team in the latest edition of Sports Star magazine. Click “here” then scroll to page 14 to read about the season thus far, as well as the upcoming North Coast Section Meet of Champions. Information, driving directions, entries and time schedules are posted on the “schedule and results” page. Simply click on the NCS Meet of Champions to access all the information. Hope to see you this Saturday!
Panthers Main Attraction @ BSAL ChampionshipsNovember 3rd
Thursday, November 3rd was championship day for BSAL cross country runners. For the athletes, the site was Point Pinole Regional Park, the atmosphere was nervously energetic, and the objective was to run your best race of the season. For many of the runners from Saint Mary’s, this day would also mean “victory”. Individually, the Panthers won 4 of the 5 races run, setting dozens of personal bests along the way. Then, after a couple of hours of cheering, exhorting, churning and sweating… the scoring was complete and the jubilance began. Collectively, Panther teams raced their way to 4 of the 5 championship banners awarded by the league. Overall, the day was a historic one in the lore of Saint Mary’s cross country.
The Frosh-Soph boy set a dominant tone on this crisp, chilly day in Richmond… placing 10 runners in the top 15… 4 in the top 6… and having the overall champion, Jovani Barajas. Their 24 point team total was twice as good as runner-up Albany. Following Jovani on the 1st team All-League team were Mike Blanco, Tony Lawson, and Zach Wilkinson. 2nd team All-League selections included Jon DeLeon, Woody Creech, Daveon Sadusky, Daniel Beeman, Gabe Aguilar and Diego Perez. After the meet, Coach Lawson also praised freshmen Carlos Martin and Edwin Kim for their best races of the year. In the end, it is fair to say that the entire F/S boys team deserves plenty of praise for the fine, undefeated season they’ve enjoyed.
Matching the F/S Boys dominant run would not be easy, but luckily nobody told that to the JV Girls. In fact, by placing 7 girls in the top 8, the girls team score of 19 was one of the lowest totals in league history! Race winner Kimiko Masuoka led the procession of Panther runners who make-up the 1st team all-league team. Following Kimiko, in order, were Sarah Allison, Gabi Britto, Alexis Cortez-Holmes, Isabel Havens, Maddy Woelffer and Danae Husary.
Next up was the JV Boys race that featured most of the junior and senior boys from the BSAL who were not running in the varsity race. Led by league champion Josh Dull, the Panthers placed 5 runners amongst the top 6 and tied a league meet record by scoring a mere 16 points to outpace runner-up Piedmont by a whopping 65 points! Sophomore Nabai Habtemariam, junior Pedro Navea and freshman Arlo Rudy finished next… followed by juniors Rob Elmendorf, Jimmy Smale, Mike Enferadi and Sammy Puebla. All told, 7 of the 8 Panthers entered in the race received All-League honors. Quite an accomplishment, indeed, for this group of Panther harriers.
In the Varsity division, the girls would, for the 5th straight year, be crowned league champions… while the boys would have to settle for the runner-up spot. The girls, dominance over the course of the league season carried over nicely to the league championship race. Led by the dynamic trio of Spencer Moore, Natalia Riccardi and Mary Harrington, the girls garnered a score of just 29 points to win convincingly. Surprising sophomore Lianne McKinney ran an unbelievably tough race in only her second race longer than 2 miles to place 4th on the team… while another sophomore, Amanda Keith, continued her meteoric rise by placing 5th on the team, 11th overall, and adding a 2nd team all-league selection to her resume. Speaking of meteoric rises, sophomore Caitlin Kloess, who placed 22nd in last years JV race, placed 6th in this varsity race and 15th overall, earning her a place on the 2nd team all-league team. Congratulations to her and what a testament to her dedication and hard work this year!
Finally, despite placing 3 runners on the 1st team all-league team, the varsity boys closed the day having to settle for the runner-prize to an impressive St. Joseph’s squad. The entire varsity seven ran a tough race, but sometimes the tortoise doesn’t catch the hare.. as the Panthers found out on Thursday.
Overall, the Panthers emerged from the BSAL Championships tried and tested… but optimistic about the future. The JV season is over, but most would agree that the future for those athletes is bright and full of promise. For the varsity, the future is 2 weeks away… the site is Hayward High School… the meet is the North Coast Section Championships. Both teams will be seeking a trip to Fresno for the State Championships. The top three teams from the NCS Meet of Champions advance onto State… with the Panthers seeking more. Come out and support the cross country Panthers as they make their run for Fresno.
Girl Clinch Share of BSAL Title; Boys Must WaitOctober 28th
Last Thursday the Panthers culminated their league season with mixed results against rival St. Joseph’s of Alameda. In cross country, league championships are determined (1) on the basis of which team has the best dual meet record…. and (2) which team wins the league championship race. Thus, after Thursday, the girls dual meet record finished the season 9-0… claiming at least a share of the league championship. The boys, however, were defeated by a very good, state-ranked St. Joseph’s team. Thus, the boys must wait until this Thursday to hopefully stake a claim to their share of a BSAL title. For the junior varsity teams, league championships are won at the championship race.
The girls victory was impressive, defeating a talented Pilots team that featured several top runners from the area. The likes of Spencer Moore, Mary Harrington and the rest of the Lady Panthers, however, were too much for St. Joe’s on this day. Sophomore newcomer Lianne McKinney had a splendid race, finishing 5th on the team in her first varsity race.
The JV Girls, once again, were dominant in their win… with freshmen Gabi Britto and Danae Husary placing 1st and 2nd. The JV Boys, whose exploits continue to wreak of depth and talent, dominated their race as well. Freshman Arlo Rudy,
sophomore Jovani Barajas, and junior Jimmy Smale led a steady stream of Panthers to victory in their penultimate contest of the year.
Next up for the Panthers are the BSAL Championships on Thursday, November 3rd at Point Pinole Park in Richmond. The race schedule is:
2:30 Frosh/Soph boys
3:00 JV girls
3:30 JV boys
4:00 Varsity girls
4:30 Varsity boys
5:00 Awards ceremony
Runners should check with their coaches to find out what race they’re running. See you there!
Panthers Magical in Southern CaliforniaOctober 23rd
On Friday October 21st, the boys and girls varsity teams traveled to Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California for the 63rd annual running of the Mt. Sac Cross-Country Invitational. Billed as the “largest cross country meet in the world”, Mt. Sac typically features many of the top teams from around the Golden State.
The Lady Panthers entered Mt. Sac in relative anonymity, not having run a fresh, healthy, complete team for most of the season. However, by late Friday afternoon, the Panthers had been exposed for who they really were: a solid team that would have something to say at the NCS championships next month. Once again, led by returning all-state sophomore Spencer Moore’s victorious run, the girls amassed a scant 107 points to narrowly edge Fillmore (Los Angeles) for the runner-up spot. Mary Harrington, Natalia Riccardi, and Alexis Cortez-Holmes ran fine races for the medalists… as did sophomore Amanda Keith, who Coach Denis Mohun named his runner of the meet.
The boys team, competing against 24 other teams, out-ran, out-performed and out-scored the field to notch an impressive team victory on the challenging Mt. Sac course. Once again, Duncan Calvert crossed the line first for the Panthers, followed by Patrick Mariolle and Stevie Greene. Nate Hill and Guy Forte rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, whose 79 points were 13 better than runner-up San Marino (Southern California). After the meet, the Panthers collected their medals and plaques and headed for Disneyland. Asked by coach Denis Mohun what he’d like to do after the meet, he responded “I think I’ll go to Disneyland!” Yes indeed, this trip truly brought magic to the Panthers kingdom.
Next up for the Panthers is the final BSAL league meet against St. Joseph’s, Holy Names and John Sweet this Thursday at Crab Cove Park in Alameda. Come out and support the Panthers!
Panthers Run By BSAL Foes
On Thursday, the Panthers remained undefeated in league competition with convincing wins over BSAL foes Salesian and Encinal. Running at Point Pinole Regional Park, site of this years league championships, the Panthers quick times are, hopefully, a prelude of things to come.
The boys team, whose depth and determination continue to impress, posted dominant wins over their competition. Sophomore Jovani Barajas won the JV Boys
race, leading a pack that placed 14 runners amongst the first 15 placers! Following Jovani were sophomores Mike Blanco and Tony Lawson. Mike Enferadi and Daveon Sadusky also had commendable runs, according to JV coach Jay Lawson.
The Varsity Boys performance was equally as impressive as the first 7 runners across the finish line flashed the red and white of Saint Mary’s. Leading the way were sophomores Stephen Giuntini and Josh Dull. Junior Pedro Navea’s effort also earned him a nice time. Overall, the Panthers controlled both of these races from start to finish.
The Girls teams, seeking their own slice of success, equaled the boys in depth, determination, and team score. The JV Girls, led by first year runner Lianne McKinney, placed 6 runners in the top 7 in earning a convincing 21 point win over Salesian. Kimiko Masuoka, Danae Husary, and first-timer Gabi Britto arrived, in impressive fashion, after Lianne.
The Varsity Girls certainly looked like the undefeated, reigning BSAL champs on Thursday. The threesome of Spencer Moore, Mary Harrington, and Natalia
Riccardi once again churned and turned across the rolling 3.0 mile course faster than anyone else to lead the Panther win. Caitlin Kloess, in only her second 3 mile race, ran very strong according to coach Denis Mohun. “Caitlin seems to be improving every week. She embodies what a complete commitment can accomplish. I expect her to continue to get faster.”
Overall, the entire Panther team seems to be getting faster… which bodes well for the Championship run in November. Next up for the Panthers is the Mariner Invitational, hosted by Moreau Catholic, on Saturday morning at Garin Park Hayward. Only a select boys and girls F/S team will attend, so athlete should check with their coaches to see who is entered. After that, the Varsity team travels to Southern California on October 21st to compete at the Mt. Sac Invitational. Best of luck to all the teams as they move into the latter stages of the season.
Panthers Rise and Shine in Fresno
On Saturday, the Panthers took 25 runners to the much heralded Clovis Invitational outside of Fresno, CA. The meet features much of the top talent from around the Golden State. This having been their 4th meet in 9 days, it was very possible that both teams, including the State’s top-ranked boy Panthers, may be flat. However, pure grit and determination can do much to exhort tired legs.
The day began with the Varsity girls in a crack-of-dawn, 7:30 am race. Spencer Moore proved, once again, that Championship atmospheres
charge her batteries as she wound herself around the 3.1 mile Woodward Park course in an impressive, seasonal best 18:31. Mary Harrington set her lifetime best at 20:29… as did Natalia Riccardi at 21:20. Alexis Cortez-Holmes (23:41) and Sarah Allison (25:41) closed the scoring for the varsity Lady Panthers.
The Panthers also fielded a JV girls team, who raced over the same course at the same distance. Leading the way in the JV race was sophomore Amanda Keith (22:53), followed by Olivia Duncan (23:32), Maddy Woelffer (24:27) and Caitlin Kloess (24:52).
The Varsity boys, now dawning the states top Div. IV ranking, ran in a varsity race that featured numerous Div. III, IV and V ranked schools. As has been the case most of this year, the Panthers seem to accept the challenge in stride. At Clovis, they finished 4th, narrowly losing to state powerhouse McFarland and just edging Catholic School rival Bishop O’Dowd. Duncan Calvert led the Panthers, running a personal best 16:10 and earning a #4 spot on the school’s all-time list. Patrick Mariolle was just behind, taking just 16:26 to earn himself a lifetime best. Stevie Greene (16:32), Nate Hill (17:01), and Victor Munoz (17:28) finished the scoring… while Josh Dull ran his best ever (17:50).. as did Stephen Giuntini (18:13).
The JV Boys toured the Clovis course as well, led by Guy Forte (17:56) and Arlo Rudy (18:09).. with first-timers Tony Lawson (19:18), Mike Blanco (19:24) and Jimmy Smale (19:33) proving their medal. All the results can be found on the “schedule and results” page.
Next up for the Panthers is a BSAL contest against Salesian and Encinal at Point Pinole Regional park on Thursday, October 13th.First race begins at 3:30.Hope to see you there!
Panthers Hot in Cold
It is not unusual for cross country runners to have to compete in extreme weather.. sticky humid, unbearable heat, wet, windy and chilly. However, early Fall usually brings mild, comfortable conditions to Bay Area runners. Why should Wednesday’s BSAL showdown with arch-rival Piedmont and St. Patricks-St. Vincent’s be any different? Guess what? Wednesday was different… very different.
A steady rain, gusty winds, slippery mud and chilly temperatures greeted the 100 or so runners as they carefully navigated the hilly Tilden Park course. Ultimately, it was the determined Panthers that overcame the elements and posted yet another BSAL win.
A steady rain, gusty winds, slippery mud and chilly temperatures greeted the 100 or so runners as they carefully navigated the hilly Tilden Park course. Ultimately, it was the determined Panthers that overcame the elements and posted yet another BSAL win.
Both girls teams looked impressive in their wins. The Varsity girls were led by Spencer Moore, Mary Harrington and Natalia Riccardi, who captured the first three places in the Panthers 29 point victory. The JV girls, in an even more impressive fashion, swept the first 9 places in posting a 35 point victory! Leading the way were first year runner Lianne McKinney, sophomore Caitlin Kloess, and freshmen Isabel Havens and Danae Husary. Freshman Gabi Britto, despite an early slip and tumble, closed out the scoring for the Panthers in her first race of the season.
The boys, too, skated across the muddy trails well enough to notch a pair of wins. The Varsity boys won by 9 over the Highlanders and 35 over St. Patrick’s. Duncan Calvert, for the 2nd race in a row, was the Panthers top finisher. Josh Dull, who placed 6th for Saint Mary’s, finished the race with only one shoe.. handing the other
one over to the muddy demands of the upper course. To some, this is the price one pays when trying to outrun mother nature.
Like the JV Girls, the JV Boys performance was simply dominant. The first 7 runners, and 11 of the first 12 wore the red and white of Saint Mary’s. The usual cast… Arlo Rudy, Mike Blanco, Tony Lawson, etc… led the sweep for the upstart Panthers.
Next up for the Panthers is the vaunted Clovis Invitational. Each year, Clovis attracts many of the top teams form around the state, each welcoming an opportunity to race on the site of the State Championships… as well as face off against one another in a mid-season preview of November aspirations.
Panthers Full of Drama While Winning Farmer Invitational
On Saturday, the entire Panther Cross Country team competed in the Farmers Invitational at Hayward High School, which will once again host the NCS Meet of Champions. This year, along with league rivals Albany, Piedmont and Holy Names,
teams from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and Sonoma Counties fielded teams… hoping to maybe get a glimpse of their future and, more importantly, see what November fruits maybe in store. If Saturday were any indication, it appears the Panthers’ fruit basket maybe full.
The meet began with a dramatic come-from-behind victory for sophomore Amanda Keith in the girls F/S race. Behind by what appeared to be 40 yards with 400 meters to go, Amanda utilized a closing kick that most sprinters would be proud of to win the 2.1 mile race in 13:59. Following her were top fifteen finishers Maddy Woelffer (14:10), Carly Schulz (14:27) and Isabel Havens (14:37).
Following suit, junior Olivia Duncan also scored an inspiring come-from-behind win in the JV girls race. Going into the final hill, Olivia was in 3rd place…some 10 seconds off the lead. Sixty seconds later she was in the lead… and sixty seconds
after that she was awarded the victor’s medal.
Apparently the varsity boys and girls watched this race because both used the same race tactic. Sophomore Spencer Moore took the lead in the 2nd half of the varsity girls race to score a nice 18:42 win. Senior Duncan Calvert, however, chose the more dramatic route…not taking the lead of the 3.0 mile race until the 2.99 mile mark. Duncan’s winning time of 15:55 was a personal best. Patrick Mariolle (16:21), Nate Hill (16:36) and Victor Munoz (16:56) also ran personal best times for the Hayward course while leading the boys team to another Invitational win. Guy Forte (17:26), Stephen Giuntini (17:32), Nabai Habtemariam (18:18), and Pedro Navea (18:19) also had fine races for the Panthers.
The F/S and J/V boys certainly caught a competitive bug and had their best performance of the season. Freshman Arlo Rudy (11:30) overcame a wrong turn
and still managed to finish third and lead the F/S boys to a team victory. Following Arlo were in the medal haul were sophomores Jovani Barajas (11:41) and Mike Blanco (11:49)… along with freshman Zach Wilkinson (11:59). Sophomore Tony Lawson (12:23) closed out the scoring for the Panthers.
In the JV Boys race, junior Jimmy Smale threatened to steal a victory with a late, come-from-behind charge… only to fall a bit short. Still, his 11:45 was good enough for 4th overall and earned him a much-deserved medal.
Records Fall at 13th Annual Time Trial
Panthers Run By Opponents in BSAL Opener
The defending BSAL champion cross-country teams opened their league season on Thursday in impressive fashion. The opponents were league rivals Albany and Kennedy-Richmond. In all, over 100 athletes would compete on the notoriously tough Tilden Park course… and in the end Saint Mary’s had once again positioned itself as the favorite to repeat as league champions.
The JV Boys opened the meet with a resounding victory of their competitors. Led by up-and-coming stars Arlo Rudy, Zach Wilkinson and Tony Lawson, the boys scored a 15 point victory over the Cougars from Albany. Several others runners… including sophomores Jovani Barajas, Mike Blanco, Jon DeLeon and Lawrence Teng, as well as juniors Rob Elmendorf and Jimmy Smale ran solid races for the Panthers.
Like the boys, the JV Girls notched an opening season victory…. squeaking past the favorite Cougars by 5 points. Freshman Isabel Havens led the way for the young lady Panthers…. followed by sophomore Lianne McKinney and freshman Danae Husary. Junior Siggy Palafox and sophomore Kaitlin Moore also ran fine races to seal the win.
For the varsity, the sweetness of victory also made the record books. Along with solid 5 and 10 point wins respectively, members of the girls and boys teams made history. For the girls, race winner Spencer Moore recorded the 4th fastest time ever on the Tilden Course…running the 3.0 mile varsity course in 19:58. For the boys, senior Duncan Calvert raced to a #2 all-time clocking, covering the distance in a mere 16:45… while junior Patrick Mariolle was just behind in 17:01, good for #4 all-time. All the times and full results can be found on the “schedule & results” page.
In the end, all four teams flexed their top-ranked muscles on Thursday… alerting the rest of the league that, indeed, the Panthers are ready to run. Next up for the Panthers is the Farmer Invitational on Saturday at Hayward High School. First race time is 9:30 am. Come out and support the Panthers this Saturday!
Panthers Move to #2 Ranking in State
After an impressive win at the prestigious Stanford Invitational, the boys cross country team has moved up two spots…. to #2… in the latest Espn-Rise state rankings. Check out the rankings for all five state divisions here:
Panthers Run Down Opposition… Win at Stanford
September 24, 2011
Running the venerable Stanford Golf Course at the Stanford Invitational, expectations were somewhat skewed going into California’s marquee meet thus far this season. While Panther time trials and training sessions have been illustrious thus far, history has proven that the Stanford course has cast large shadows of
doubt into the brightest minds of many runners. Thankfully, Saturday would not be a day of history lessons for the Panthers! Led by senior Stevie Greene’s 9th place finish, the boys team earned a narrow 9 point win over 32 teams.. including previously unbeaten and #3 state ranked San Lorenzo Valley (Felton, CA). Prior to Saturday, Stevie’s resume flashed brilliance here and there… but nothing as hard and fast as the 16:12 he sped over the grassy 5K course to lead the Panthers boys team to the victory. His magnificent clocking was but one of many outstanding performances for both boys and girls teams on Saturday.
Co-captain Duncan Calvert (16:28), Patrick Mariolle (16:44), Victor Munoz (17:17) and Guy Forte (17:37) all duplicated Stevie’s effort level.. and all emerged having recorded personal 5K bests. Combined with senior Nate Hill’s fine 16:52, the Panthers also posted the fastest team time in school history… almost a full minute faster than the 2007 group that placed 2nd at the State Championships. Surely this group is one to watch.
For the girls, their 16th place finish was respectful considering the rash of injuries and illness that has befallen this hard-working group. Once again, sophomore Spencer Moore (4th overall) and senior captain Mary Harrington (40th) led the way, each recording season-best times in the uber-competitive Division IV race.
Junior Olivia Duncan also had a break-out race. In her first ever 5K varsity race, Olivia impressively battled nerves, the heat, and 240 other runners to place 3rd on the Panther squad and earn considerable praise from head coach Denis Mohun. Maddy Woelffer and Amanda Keith, in their inaugural 5K campaigns, also ran well.
Next up for the Panthers is Thursday’s BSAL opener against league rival Albany @ Tilden Park. The first JV race begins at 3:30… with the Varsity races scheduled to start at 4:30. Come out on Thursday for this BSAL showdown!
Cross Country Picture Day Is September 21st
Just a reminder that cross country team pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st @ 3:15 on the track. Kurt Burton, from Kurt Burton Photography, will be here to photograph all of the teams and any individuals who would like to order pictures. If you’d like to order pictures, parents can go online (http://www.kurtburton.net/index.html) and view Kurt Burton’s price schedule. [Scroll down to “Price List”, then scroll down to “Sports Team Price List”]. Runners can also pick up an order envelope at practice from their coach. Everyone be sure to bring your full team uniform (shorts and singlet) that day!
Youth Serve Notice @ Ed Sias Invitational
September 10, 2011
On Saturday, the Panthers sent 37 athletes to the ever-popular Ed Sias Invitational. Hosted by Campolindo High School of Moraga, the Ed Sias meet historically features some of the finest distance teams in Northern California, with the 2011 affair being no different. For the Panthers, this day would belong to the young… as a surge of underclassmen made their presence known on the Hidden
Valley Park course in Martinez. In the 20 team Junior Varsity Girl race, the Panthers would flex their youthful muscles with a fine 3rd place. Leading the way were sophomores Maddy Woelffer and Amanda Keith… along with junior Olivia Duncan and freshman Isabel Havens. Spencer Moore led the Varsity Girls, whose 7th finish was tops among Division IV teams. Also running well were senior Mary Harrington and junior Kimiko Masuoka.
For the boys, their weekend was also highlighted by the fine performances of the underclassmen. Freshman Arlo Rudy, in his inaugural race of the season, opened many eyes with his 6th place finish in the freshman boys race. Arlo’s time of 11:53 was the 2nd fastest time ever for a Saint Mary’s freshman boy, trailing only school-record holder Matt Duffy. Arlo, however, was not the only Panthers to assert himself on Saturday. Sophomores Stephen Giuntini and Nabai Habtemariam, as well as freshman Zack Wilkinson also served notice that youth is serving in the Panther cross country program!
Results can be found on the schedule page under the Ed Sias listing. Next up for the Panthers is the prestigious Stanford Invitational on September 24th . Go Panthers!
Panthers Sizzle at Monte Vista Invitational
On Tuesday, the Panthers traveled to Danville for the annual Monte Vista Invitational. The meet usually plays host to some of the larger, powerful cross country teams from Division I and II. This year’s meet followed suit, as perennial powerhouses Granada, Livermore, San Ramon Valley, De La Salle, and host
Monte Vista were among the 20 schools competing on the rolling, hilly course. With temperatures peaking into the high 90’s, the races were much tougher than usual… and, as usual, the Panthers held their own.
Highlighting the day for the Panthers were a quintet of boy medalists… led by seniors Duncan Calvert and Stevie Greene, junior Patrick Mariolle, sophomore Stephen Giuntini and freshman Arlo Rudy. Sophomore Nabai Habteariam, and junior Guy Forte also had strong performances for the boys.
The girls, impressive in their own right, had a trio of medalists. Spencer Moore led the group with an impressive win in the girls sophomore race. Senior Mary Harrington took home a medal with a fine showing in the girls senior race… while freshman Chloe Jenkins ran her way
into the top ten, and a medal, in the freshman race. Juniors Natalia Riccardi and Kimiko Masuoka, sophomore Amanda Keith, and freshman Vanessa Anguiano and Isabel Havens also ran fine races for the Panthers.
All told, the Panthers emerged from this day having sweated, struggled and fought their way to dozens of PR’s and many more verbal accolades from their coaches and families. Good Job Panthers!
Next up for the Panthers is the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez on Saturday, September 10th. First race is the boys freshman race at 9:00am.
Records Fall at 13th Annual Time Trial
The Panthers officially kicked off their 2011 campaign with the much-anticipated season-opening Time Trial. The Time Trial, whose inaugural run dates back to
1999, kicks off the competitive racing season for the Panthers. Records, All-Time lists and bragging rights are part of what makes this event special… with this 2011 edition being amongst the fastest ever. By Thursday evening, an incredible 19 Panthers harriers had cemented their names onto the all-time lists.
Leading this year’s run was junior Patrick Mariolle, whose 10:08 clocking on the 1.85 mile rolling course is the 2nd fastest time ever… trailing only school record-holder and current Brown University runner Matt Duffy. Senior Stevie Greene is now the 3rd fastest Panther ever… and the #2 senior of all-time… after running a brisk 10:10. Seniors Duncan Calvert (10:18, #4 senior), Victor Munoz (10:40, #8 senior), and Nate Hill (10:48, #13 senior) also had solid performances for the class of 2012,… as did junior Guy Forte (11:14, #18 junior), sophomores Josh Dull (10:58, #3 sophomore), Stephen Giuntini (11:11, #8 sophomore) and Nabai Habtemariam (11:27, #12 sophomore). Newcomers also made a statement
on Thursday led by freshman Zac Wilkinson’s 12:47 (#13 freshman) and juniors Jimmy Smale (12:53) and Rob Elmendorf (12:55).
For the Lady Panthers, fast times were also abound, as sophomore and returning NCS Champion Spencer Moore ran 11:57, the fastest sophomore time ever and equal to #4 all-time in school history. Senior Mary Harrington became the 5th fastest 12th grader ever with a solid 13:07. Juniors Kimiko Masuoka (14:18, #12 jumior) and Natalia Riccardi (14:26, #13 junior) turned in fine times… as did sophomores Maddy Woelffer (14:57, #15 sophomore) and Amanda Keith (14:58, #16 sophomore). As for the newcomers, freshman Chloe Jenkins showed her running prowess, clocking 14:29 (good for #7 all-time, freshman), while freshman Vanessa
Anguiano ran 15:57 which makes her the #13 freshman of all-time.
Overall, 56 athletes competed, giving the coaches have 56 different reasons to smile. Congratulations to all those who competed, worked, and sweated out the 1.85 mile course! Next up for the Panthers is the Monte Vista Invite on Tuesday, September 6th at Oakhill Park in Danville. First race is at 4:00 pm. Check the schedule/results page for all the Monte Vista information… as well as complete results of the Time Trial. Hope to see you on Tuesday. Go Panthers!
Panthers Open Season Ranked #4 in State
August 23rd, 2011
According to ESPN-Rise (formerly dyestatcal.com), the boys cross country team is the pre-season #4 ranked team in the state for Division IV schools. Here’s what dyestat editor Rich Gonzalez had to say about this year’s Panthers squad:
“4.St. Mary’s College, Berkeley  (NC) — The Panthers will battle NCS foe Sir Francis Drake to see which squad climbs the most spots at state relative to last year’s final placing, with both projecting to improve by several slots. Senior Duncan Calvert (16:35 at state) leads the top four team members all returning from last year’s 10th-place team finish, with 6 of the varsity 7 set to return. Stevie Greene, Nate Hill and Patrick Mariolle all packed nicely at state.”
Check out the entire pre-season state rankings here and remember to come out and support the Panthers this fall!
Panthers Open 2011 Season With High Expectations
August 18, 2011
As is the case with each new cross country season, an excitement fills the hearts, heads and legs of each runner… with this 2011 group being no exception. Having already logged hundreds of miles this summer, many of the returning runners from a year ago are excited and anxious to start the season for each seeks to improve their past performances and enjoy the fruits of their laborious summer
The boys team, under the tutelage of 9th year head coach Jeff Rogers, is especially excited and filled with championship aspirations. This 2011 group is amongst the most talented to ever line up and has been anointed the pre-season favorite to win the NCS Div. IV crown this season. Success is nothing new to the 5-time defending league champion Panthers, however, who sport a trio of seasoned, accomplished seniors in Duncan Calvert, Nate Hill & Stevie Greene. Calvert, Hill & Greene were All-League performers a year ago and all look to establish themselves
as three of the very best runners in the North Coast Section. Junior teammate Patrick Mariolle enjoyed a break-out 2010 season and provides the type of depth and firepower characteristic of championship teams. Moving into the varsity ranks and hoping to solidify the boys team as true league, NCS and State medalist contenders will be senior Victor Munoz, juniors Guy Forte & Pedro Navea, and sophomores Stephen Giuntini, Josh Dull and Nabai Habtemariam. In all, the Panthers will be looking to compete against the very best of the Golden State’s Division IV teams this season.
The girls team (whose success, consistency and tradition is clear in their 91-7 league record, 7 league, and 3 NCS titles over the past 12 seasons) is led by long-time coach Denis Mohun. This years team, the defending BSAL Champions, returns 6 of its top 7 runners from a year ago. Led by defending NCS champion Spencer Moore and senior co-captain Mary Harrington, the Lady
Panthers hope that an influx of young, hungry talent will propel them back to the top of the league and onto the medal podium at the NCS Meet of Champions. Their chances of success get much better with the return of seniors Claire Sullivan and Sarah Allison, juniors Kimiko Masuoka and Olivia Duncan, and 2010 JV League Champ Maddy Woelffer.
The season kicks off with the much-anticipated team time trial at Tilden Park on September 1st, passes through Danville, Martinez and Stanford University in late September, includes travel to Fresno for the Clovis Invitational in early October and to Southern California for the Mt. SAC Invitational in late October, and concludes with the BSAL, North Coast Section and California State Championships in November.
We invite you to come out and support the cross country Panthers this fall as both boys and girls cross country teams hope summer sweat leads to fall championships!