Cross Country: SF runners will flood state championship on Saturday

By Jeremy Balan

With 10 separate teams and 84 individuals from San Francisco high schools running in the CIF Cross Country State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, the City will be more than well represented across eight divisions.

The University girls team will look to defend it’s 2009 Division V state championship, led by sophomore Jennie Callan and junior Holland Reynolds, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the D-V state race last year.

Lowell, St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Urban, will be sending both boys and girls teams.

Lowell won both Academic Athletic Association boys and girls titles on Nov. 17 at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park, while the St. Ignatius girls got a bid by winning the CIF-Central Coast Section D-III title at Toro Park in Salinas on Nov. 13 and the SI boys finished second in the D-III boys race.

Sacred Heart finished second in the CCS D-III boys race and third in the girls race. The Urban boys earned D-V state bid by winning the CIF-North Coast Section championship at Hayward High School on Saturday, and the girls earned a bid by finishing third in their D-V race.

Urban’s Cole Williams took the boys NCS D-V individual title by a margin of 14 seconds, Lowell’s Alex Hillan took the AAA boys title and SI’s Rachel Hinds took the CCS D-III girls individual title.

Hinds finished fifth at the state championships last year, but SI finished 18th as a team. Hinds is one of the favorites in the D-III race this year, as 2009 champ Rebecca Mehra of the Southern Section’s Palos Verdes is the only returning runner that finished higher in 2009.

Lowell will compete in the Division I races, while Urban and St. Ignatius will remain in their respective divisions for the state meet.

Rounding out the team bids is the International boys, who finished third at the D-V NCS race.

While eight teams is an impressive amount of competitors for any city in the state, seven other schools will send runners to compete individually. Lincoln will send three boys and three girls to the D-I race, Balboa sophomore and AAA champion Isabella Bowden will compete in the girls D-II race, University will send two boys and Mission will send one for the D-IV race, and Stuart Hall will send one boy and Convent will send one girl to the D-V race.

Complete list of San Francisco high school runners

Division I Boys
Lincoln – Aaron Wang (Jr.), Andy Huang (Jr.), Patrick Gray (Sr.)
Lowell – Brian Nguyen (Fr.), Donald Chen (Fr.), Alex Hillan (Jr.), William Chen (Jr.), Max Niehaus (So.), Corey Worthington (Sr.), Ronald Cheng (Sr.)

Division I Girls
Lincoln – Laura Richardson (Fr.), Guadalupe Loeza (Jr.), Anna Slotterback (Sr.)
Lowell – Caroline Chan (Jr.), Susan Li (So.), Emma Keenan-Grice (So.), Sabrina Quionez (So.), Viviene Deguzman (So.), Rachel Ng (So.), Eileen Li (Sr.)

Division II Girls
Balboa – Isabella Bowden (So.)

Division III Boys
Sacred Heart Cathedral – Brandon Foti (Fr.), Robert Manoos (Jr.), Austin Quach (Jr.), Nathaniel Whitney (Jr.), Carlos Flores (So.), Frank Xiao (So.), Jarrett Moore (Sr.)
St. Ignatius – Connor Cannon (Jr.), Joseph McIntyre (Jr.), Liam Powers (Jr.), Patrick Cummins (So.), Ciaran Murphy (So.), Justin Jayme (Sr.), Samuel Molke (Sr.)

Division III Girls
Sacred Heart Cathedral – Emily Jay (Fr.), Tatiana Baiza (Jr.), Sophia Cannata-Bowm (So.), Emily Hipp (So.), Kellie Redmond (So.), Katherine Tse (So.), Juliana Flynn (Sr.)
St. Ignatius – Kendall Hacker (Fr.), Katie Spence (Fr.), Erin Geraghty (Jr.), Rachel Hinds (Sr.), Amanda Schallert (Sr.), Sam Schuetz (Sr.), Jacquelyn Urbina (Sr.)

Division IV Boys
University – Connor Clark (So.), Ned Tannenbaum (Sr.)
Mission – Jeremie Showa (So.)

Division V Boys
International – Alex Seutin (Fr.), Jack McElroy (Jr.), Paul Grant Villegas (So.), Benjamin Rainero-de Haan (Sr.), Henri Drake (Sr.), Carlos Kong (Sr.), Lawrence Doherty
Stuart Hall – Ben Liu (Sr.)
Urban – Alex Wu (Jr.), Whit Henderson (Jr.), Cole Larsen (Jr.), Thatcher Healy (Jr.), John West (So.), Cole Williams (Sr.), Sean Judkins Boeri (Sr.)

Division V Girls
Convent – Jane Stephens (So.)
University – Holland Reynolds (Jr.), Bridget Blum (Jr.), Jennie Callan (So.), Lizzy Teerlink (So.), Jamie Kerester (So.), Charlotte Young (So.), Adrian Kerester (Sr.)
Urban – Jacquelyn Wu (Fr.), Emma McCune (Jr.), Halle Heiden (Jr.), Jordan Clark (Jr.), Clara Hendrickson (Jr.), Emma Lehmann (Sr.), Caitlin Inglehart (Sr.)

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