The Stanford Invitational has been one of the major meets on the national prep cross country calendar and northwest teams have a tradition of strutting their stuff in it. This year’s addition proved to be no exception, as a number of teams chose to run on this venerable venue. Most prominently carrying the banner for the region was Joe Hardy of Seattle Prep, who waged an individual dual with Blake Haney of Kern. It came down to a final stretch run with the Californian just edging his Washington rival at the line. Both runners were credited with a time of 14:58. This was an especially impressive finish with Stanford having a national caliber field competing. Finishing third in the race was Steve Fahy of La Costa, who ran 15:04 and topped Estevan of Arcadia, who was timed in 15:13. Blair Hurlock of De La Salle garnered fifth in 15:19 & Frank Lara of Strake Jesuit followed in 15:25. Arcadia super sophomore Phillip Rocha ran a stellar 15:25 to edge Nathan Wadhwani of Terry Fox in British Columbia by a second. Nathan should be quite familiar to Northwest fans, because he has already claimed the Sehome and South Whidbey Invitationals this year. Tai Braude of Torrey Pines, the winner of the Bronco Invite, took ninth with 15:29 and Matt Holton of Rancho Cucamonga came in tenth. Aaron Roe of Henry Jackson zipped home in 15:39 and was the first junior in the race as well with his eleventh place effort.
The boys’ team title went to Arcadia with a low of 100 points, while La Costa followed with 165. De La Salle placed third with 189 points. Seattle prep led the Northwest teams with an eighth place total of 325 & was aided by the 42nd place finish of Keegan Larry, who ran 16:30. Bellarmine Prep came in tenth with 337 points and was led by Quentin Purtzer, who finished 27th with 16:17. Jackson grabbed eleventh place among the 33 teams in the division amassing a score of 345 points. Aside from Roe, Jackson also received a fine 24th place finish by Jadon Olson, who ran 16:10.
The girls’ race also boasted a stellar field yet Foot Locker finalist Fiona O’ Keefe was the best and she scored and eleven second victory despite the array of talent. The Davis star was timed in 17:38. Veronica Yamane of Arcadia continued her fine season with a second place finish in 17:49. Emma Abrahamson of La Costa ran 17:57 and Lauren LaRocco‘s 17:59 for St. Francis made her the last runner under eighteen minutes. Sydney Badger of Centennial powered home in 18:04 and Sofia Castiglioni of Davis took sixth in 18:09. Seventh went to Foot Locker national finalist Julia Maxwell of Branson, who clocked 18:11. Emi Prim in Franklin followed in 8th with 18:15 and Erin Holton of Rancho Cucamonga took 9th in 18:23. Oregon star Paige Rice of St. Mary’s Academy aided her team’s effort with a fine tenth place finish in 18:24 and Madison Rawson of St. Francis came in 11th.
There was a fairly tight race for the team title in the Elite race but Trabuco Hills earned a 97 to 105 victory over La Costa Canyon. Davis of California placed third with 163 and Bellarmine Prep led the area contingent with 280 points, which was good for seventh. Bellarmine was led by Emily Thomas’s 28th place finish in 19:14 plus Jordan Thurston’s 19:26 (45th). St. Mary’s Academy finished eleventh with 328 and was aided by Mary McCullough’s 40th place time of 19:23. Henry Jackson finished fifteenth with 406 points and was led by Brooke Kingma, who earned 32nd with 19:15. That placement is especially good, when you consider the strength of the field & that Brooke finished three places ahead of defending Nevada State champion Katie Gorczyca.
There was an Oregon connection in the Division 4 race, for San Lorenzo Valley, coach by former Centennial great Rob Collins, won that race with 98 points. Its leader Anna Maxwell won the race with the best female time of the day of 17:23. Her team mate Claire McMillan finished eleventh in19:03.
Not to be overlooked is the effort of Cleveland (Portland) squads in Division 4. The girls placed 9thand the boys were tenth. Emma Wren ran 19:02 and came in fourth, while Bryn Malone added 27thplace finish. Nabi Amin clocked 16:41 to lead the guys.