Half Moon Bay’s 36th Artichoke Invitational, one of Northern California’s premier cross country meets, returned after a one-year hiatus and Justin-Siena Hannah Chau made the most of the opportunity.
Outpacing 550 runners, the senior captain posted the fastest girls time of the day, 13:55, and was 32 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Kyra Pretre of the Menlo School of Atherton. Her time was the fifth-fastest since the course was revamped in 2007.
“Hannah is running with the confidence that she can win the big races,” said Braves coach Emily Dutton. “She is going out strong, dictating the pace, and running her race. Her strong performance this fall is a direct result of the dedication and commitment she made this summer to our running program.”
Braves senior co-captain Juliette Nast also medaled, coming in 10th in the small school division with a time of 15:17. The Braves finished third out of 16 teams, as Mia Vlaming (16:32, 29th), Elena Martin- Vidal (17:22, 51st), Lauren Aubert (17:44 62nd), Emily Breneisen (18:03, 67th) and Genesis Celaya (19:03, 91st) rounded out their scoring.
The Justin-Siena varsity boys placed 16th out of 25 teams. They were again led by freshman Casey Potrebic (12:53, 14th), with junior captain Deven Bose and freshman Jacob Guiducci finishing together (13:47). Potrebic’s 12:53 was the second fastest freshman time in a field of over 300 boys.
“Today, four freshmen and three underclassmen ran varsity,” said Braves coach Michael Anderson. “Our team is young and measurably improving week to week. We are excited about the rest of the season, and our future.”
Sophomore Max McAlister (14:46, 96th), junior Brett Carey (15:59, 149th) and freshmen Peter Bowman-Davis (16:19, 156th) and Vishnu Vijayakumar (17:33, 163rd) also competed for the Braves.
Wolves 2nd, 3rd in meet
In a SCAC meet hosted by Bethel at Hann’s Park in Vallejo on Wednesday, Justin Chang won the 58-runner varsity boys race in to lead the Wolves to a second-place team score of 43. They finished behind only Vanden (34) and ahead of Benicia (59), Fairfield (155), Bethel (189) and Vallejo (257).
Emmanuel De Leon was 12th, Joshua Logan 13th, Heriberto Zavala 15th and Wilder Mazariegos 16th. Round out the team were Eduardo Mendoza, Jeremy Lima and Jazjuan Kenion.
Rebecca Richards placed fifth out of 39 runners I 22:58 to lead the Wolves. Isabella Richards was eighth (23:24), Qwencee Stewart 20th (26:21), Daniela Solis 21st (26:22), Jade Alexander 28th (28:01) and Karla Aldana (28:42).
The Wolves had a 79, bettered only by Benicia (40) and Vanden (45), but better than Bethel (108), Fairfield (137) and Vallejo (157).
Justin-Siena has 2-1 week
The Braves won two of their three matches last week, improving to 5-5 in Marin County Athletic League and pulling into a three-way tie for fifth place.
In five-set home win over Tamalpais on Monday, 25-15, 28-30, 18-25, 25-19, 15-12, Julia Sangiacomo had 24 kills, Megan Hanson 11 kills and a block, Maryanne Anitoni nine and three blocks, Nicole Hanson seven kills, Shelby Thomason 31 assists and a block, Keely Heil assists, Gina DiMare four aces, and Kennedy Heil three aces.
On Wednesday, Redwood defeated the visiting Braves in four, 25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 25-17, despite another 24 kills from Sangiacomo, along with three blocks and two aces. Megan Hanson added 10 kills, Peyton Newell four kills and two blocks, Anitoni four blocks, Thomason 28 assists, Keely Heil 12 assists and five aces, and DiMare two aces.
Justin-Siena bounced back with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-17 home sweep of San Marin on Friday. Sangiacomo had 18 kills and three aces, Nicole Hanson eight kills and two blocks, Megan Hanson five kills, Newell three blocks, Thomason 22 assists and a block, Keely Heil 16 assists and an ace, and Marianne Fernandez and DiMare one ace apiece.
“We bounced against San Marin after a rough week,” Justin-Siena head coach Chelsea Reilley said. “We were firing from all cylinders tonight.”
American Canyon competes in Chico
The Wolves went 0-4 in the 31st Pleasant Valley Viking Classic on Saturday, falling to host Pleasant Valley, Montgomery, Paradise and Enterprise.
“Although the outcome of each game was not in our favor this weekend, the team was exposed to much higher levels of play than we are used to,” American Canyon head coach Katy Maligie said. “We took this opportunity to better prepare ourselves for playoffs.”
Raizel Dimalanta had 12 aces, 12 kills and 29 assists for the Wolves. Kahli Kyee had eight aces, 11 kills, and 17 assists. Katherine Montuya had six aces and three blocks. Charlize Christensen had six kills, Jessica Kei Moncada had 11 digs, and Maranda Azurin had eight digs.
The Wolves, third in the Solano County Athletic Conference at 6-4, will host SCAC co-leader Vanden in their “Pink Out” game at 6 p.m. Monday.
Varsity Girls Golf
Vacaville 240, Vintage 261
The Crushers fell to 3-10 in Monticello Empire League play with Thursday’s road loss at Paradise Valley Golf Course. Kiwa Anisman posted a 39, Carlyn Bacci shot a 46 and Sophie Saleh scored a 51 to lead them.
“The girls really gave a great effort today and shot well,” Vintage coach Ben Goodman said.
JV Cross Country
American Canyon scores 64
Sergio Navarro was fifth, Ryley Carlos sixth, Kenneth Perena 12th, Nathan Thao 14th and Lazaro Padiernos 17th to gives the Wolves a team score of 64 in Wednesday’s SCAC meet at Hann’s Park in Vallejo.
Out of more than 40 runners, Koby Somozo was 20th, Sebastian Hernandez-Lopez 29th, Omar Hernandez 28th, Dharyll De Luna 30th, Dylan Suguitan 33rd, Nicholas Pomperada 36th and Kyle Siy 39th.
The Wolves’ only JV girl was Jazmin Barrieto, who ran a 23:27.
American Canyon wins tourney
The Wolves won the Silver Bracket Championship at their NorCal Invitational on Saturday, going 5-0.
“The girls had an amazing tournament,” coach Rick Manibusan said. “It was a spectacular sight watching all the parents and fans rooting for their team in the final.”
The Wolves squeezed out a 25-23, 30-28 nailbiter over Petaluma in that match, getting strong play from Jessica West (15 blocks, 22 kills), KiYanni Gresham (10 blocks, 13 kills), Christin Locke (four aces, 28 digs, 15 kills), Aldine Lusung (six aces, 31 digs, 11 kills), Lariah Brown (nine digs, six kills), Caitlyn Abuan (six aces, 22 digs, nine kills), Lydia Espiritu (nine aces, 11 digs), Kylie Garcia (three aces, seven digs), Alexia Juarez (14 digs), Kristin Jaylyn Argarin (three aces, 10 digs), Caytlin Capulong (eight aces, 47 digs, eight kills), Kehaunani Wilson (seven aces, 31 assists) and Louralei Salanga (18 assists).