Justin-Siena High School cross country co-captain Hannah Chau followed her Stinson Beach Relay win with a first-place finish at the 33rd Ed Sias Invitational, which was held at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez on Saturday.
Chau took nearly a full minute off her 2016 Ed Sias time, recording a time of 12:07.7 on the two-mile trail course. She is now in the record books as one of the all-time top 35 finishers in the history of this prestigious meet.
“We were confident Hannah could place in the top-5 after her 14th-place finish last year,” said coach Michael Anderson. “She approached the final hill nearly dead-even with lead runners from St. Joseph Notre Dame and Campolindo. Hannah dug in and edged into the lead as she climbed the hill – then held on through the finish.”
Emily Perez of St. Joseph Notre Dame kept the pressure on, placing second in 12:09.6.
“Hannah has worked throughout the summer to make her senior year something special. She is off to a strong start,” commented coach Emily Dutton.
Braves co-captain Juliette Nast is also competing well to start her senior season, finishing 15th in 13:11.
“Juliette had an outstanding run. She took half a minute off her 2016 time, again showing the benefits of offseason conditioning,” said Anderson.
With only six girls running, the Braves finished sixth of 20 teams. Melissa Corona, Mia Vlaming, Emily Breneisen and Victoria Politz helped the Braves move up from last year’s eighth-place finish.
The Justin-Siena varsity boys were paced by Braves’ newcomer, freshman Casey Potrebic (11:48, 30th), and junior captain Deven Bose (12:01, 41st) to place 10th of 26 teams, much improved over last year’s 17th-place finish.
“We are excited about the boys team,” said Dutton. “Four of our top six runners on Saturday were freshmen. As they gain experience and confidence, their times will continue to improve.”
Jacob Guiducci, Max McAlister, Brett Carey and Niko Radovan ran in the varsity division.
Paul Guisto, Peter Bowman-Davis, Nathan Zehng, Alexander Cox, Vishnu Vijayakumar and John Morales ran in the freshman division, competing in their first invitational meet.
Girls Varsity Tennis
Justin-Siena 8, Novato 1
The win improves the Braves’ record to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the Marin County Athletic League.
Justin-Siena’s Jenna Curtola beat Oliva Buscaglia 6-1, 6-0 at first singles.
At second singles, Parvitha Shanker shut out the Hornets’ Elle McDonald 6-0, 6-0.
The Braves’ Mary Minigan dropped the third singles match to Charlie Rudy 6-3, 6-3.
Roses Newell beat Novato’s Brooke Long 6-3, 6-0 at fourth singles.
At fifth singles, Justin’s Presley Schultz shut out Ashley Kennedy 6-0, 6-0 and at sixth singles Ashlyn Mills beat Novato’s Gills Mason 6-4, 7-4.
Justin swept the doubles matches with the team of Channing Wilkerson and Alessia Lawson prevailing over Tatina Warren and Alina Becker 6-3, 6-4.
At second doubles, Justin’s team of Bridget Walsh and Lucia Lazafame won over Anden Petersen and Grace Nakashima 6-3, 6-1, and at third doubles the Braves’ team of Tiffany Wang and Patriza Tandinco beat McKenna O’Neil and Isabel Gala 6-2, 7-5.