The boys and girls cross country teams showed a great deal of improvement in their meet Thursday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale. Almost every runner improved by 1:00+ compared to the race at Baylands last year; and most improved by at least 30 seconds over their best marks of the year.
Ryan Adolf ran his best race as an Eagle, leading the varsity boys and improving his time from the first league meet by 1 minute. Aditya Singhvi, Rishi Dange, Henry Wong and Peter Connors rounded out the scoring team for Harker.
Anna Weirich continues to lower her times, placing 6th in the varsity girls race and running her personal best by 30 seconds. Lilia Gonzales and Gloria Guo also had personal bests in the race.
The Harker cross country team qualified 5 runners for the CCS championships to be held next Saturday at Toro Park, Salinas. Freshman Anna Weirich placed 6th in her first league championship race, earning her first team all-league honors, taking one minute off of her best time for the Crystal Springs 2.93 mi course. Lilia Gonzales also qualified for the CCS meet, improving by over a minute from her earlier season race on the hilly Crystal course. On the boys side, Junior Ryan Adolf, and Freshmen Arya Maheshwari & Aditya Singhvi also qualified.
For the boys, Ryan, Arya and Aditya, all finished in the top 100. Ryan was 91st at the half way mark (just before the hills) and finished 70th.
Lilia ran 22:49; taking 30 seconds off of her Toro race in September. Anna ran a spectacular race. She needed to run in the top 13 to qualify for state --- she was 9th most of the race, then unleashed a "get-two-more" kick in the final 400m to take 7th, earning first team all CCS honors.
The three boys accepted the CCS GPA championship award at the meet.