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November 23, 2010 > Washington girls win cross country NCS title

Washington girls win cross country NCS title

By Nick Zambrano

In 2009, the Washington High girls cross country team had their season ended on a sour note. After clinching the Mission Valley Athletic League they looked to carry that momentum into the North Coast Section Division II Championships. Unfortunately, they fell short of receiving that elusive NCS championship banner. DII teams proved to be tougher than expected and the Washington squad settled for seventh place.

Fast forward to 2010.

The table was once again set. Another MVAL title was clinched and another shot at the NCS title was presented. This time around, the Lady Huskies pounced on their chance and blazed by the three-mile race at Hayward High on Saturday, Nov. 20, to earn their first NCS title with a low score of 55 points.

San Ramon Valley High was the closest competition the Lady Huskies had to endure with. SRV's top two runners placed second and fifth respectively. Despite their strong starters, the rest of San Ramon Valley's runners were further down the board at 16th, 21st and 22nd. They would finish with 66 points.

Senior Jessica Gerards was the first Husky to cross the finish line with her third-place overall time of 18:53. It wasn't long before another Washington runner finished her trek. Maggie Sullivan placed sixth with a time of 19:29 but was quickly followed up by sophomore Jessica Yee who finished the course at 19:39. Jessica Gerards' sister Rachel finished her run in 11th place, finishing almost a minute behind her sister at 19:52. Freshman Emily Hoeven rounded out Washington's top five runners with her completed run of 20:45, it was good enough to finish 27th.

In the DI girls race, Mission San Jose High took sixth (173), James Logan High finished ninth (237) and Newark Memorial High placed 15th (366). Behind Washington in the DII race was American (10th, 258), Irvington (13th, 364) and Mt. Eden (14th, 414) high schools. Moreau Catholic finished third with a score of 100 in the DIV race.

In the DI boys race, James Logan topped the local teams, finishing ninth (334); Mission San Jose was next in line, coming in 10th (348); and Newark Memorial was the last local team, placing 19th (504). Mt. Eden finished second in the boys DII race with 91 points, 63 points shy of winner San Ramon Valley. American came in eighth (201), Washington finished ninth (237) and Irvington landed in 12th (318) to round out the local boys teams in the DII race. Tennyson was the lone boys team in the DIII race, finishing 20th with a 621 score. And in DIV boys, Moreau finished sixth with a score of 148.

In other NCS news, the Moreau Catholic girls volleyball had their season ended in the semifinals of the NCS Division III Championships. Moreau lost in four sets to Sir Francis Drake High. The Lady Mariners completed a stellar season going 27-9 overall and 10-2 in league play.






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