Cross Country Opens Season at San Francisco Invitational

The girls and boys Cross Country teams opened their 2019 season at the Lowell’s San Francisco Invitational this past Saturday.  A select group of runners from Acalanes trudged through a 2.1 or 2.9 mile course made muddy by drizzle that morning.  Despite the gloomy weather, Acalanes runners posted great performances at this invitational that featured elite high school Cross Country teams from throughout Northern and Central California.

Medal winners at this meet included:

  • Sam Roth and Andrew Owens in boys Varsity
  • Nicole Frigon in girls Varsity
  • Loic Windfuhr-Durand in boys
  • Sophomore Lauren Yee in girls Frosh/Soph
  • Bennett Dodge in boys Frosh

Lena Johnson, Katrina Ortman and Ben Krey posted outstanding breakout performances on the 2.93 mile and 2.13 mile courses. And it was great to see the return of Sam Swan to the cross country team after a 2 year hiatus to participate in cross country skiing. 

Finally, special recognition is due to the boys varsity team for their amazing 5th place finish among a field of 36 high caliber high school teams.  Sam Roth led the team with an amazing 4th place finish that saw him complete the 2.93 mile course in 14:27.  Andrew Owens, Dominic Basaldua, Nick Hutson, and Derek Kotarba rounded out the top 5.

Next up for Cross Country is the DLS Nike Invitational at Newhall Park in Concord on September 21, 2019.