Dons Runners Dominate First Meet of the Season
Having not run a meet since November of 2019, the Dons Cross Country team had some cobwebs to shake off before their first meet this past Saturday. Both veteran runners and newcomers came through in smashing fashion. The tri-meet between Acalanes, Las Lomas and Northgate was a hybrid virtual meet in which each team ran the same course, but during different times of the day. Despite the unfamiliar format, the Dons Runners performed amazingly well and secured victory in 3 of the 6 races.
The Varsity Boys got things rolling with not only a team victory, but a rare perfect score. The varsity boys Sam Roth (12), Tyler Hunt (11), Dominic Basaldua (12), Bennet Dodge (10) and Loic Windfuhr-Durand (11) finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.
The Varsity Girls also struck gold with a win against the Knights and Broncos. Nicole Frigon (12) and Lauren Yee (11) led the Dons with 2nd and 4th place finishes. Only a few seconds behind was star Freshman Megan Yee who came through with an amazing 5th place finish in her first ever high school meet.
The Frosh Soph Girls were led to a victory by newcomer Olivia Williams (9) who finished in 1st place in her first ever cross country meet. Freshman Chloe Boyle, Nina Gehrig, Abigail Palmer, Ruby Deeming and Livia Davis rounded out the winning team.
Other standouts of the meet include Logan Farzan (9), Derek Kotarba (12), and Caroline Crossland (11), who finished in first place in the Boys Frosh Soph, Boys Junior Varsity, and Girls Junior Varsity respectively. Despite the year and a half long gap in competition, Ian Ho (12), Tom Bequette (11), and Corina McTigue (12) pulled off personal records on this course.
Dons Cross Country is back! And we are running strong! The next competition is an 800m time trial on the AHS track versus College Park this coming Friday.
“Unofficial Results at link below: