The Eagles ran well in their scrimmage Thursday at Gunn HS. Eleven runners improved from last year's meet with 10 freshmen running their first race for Harker. Sophomore Anna Weirich won her race again this year, improving by over one minute from last year, and posted the top girl's time of the day. Frosh Kailash Ranganathan ran with the lead pack and placed a fantastic debut second place, posting the 4th best boy's Harker time. Senior Ryan Adolf ran the best time for all of the Eagle runners for the second year in a row.
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The Eagles had an excellent day running in Golden Gate Park on Saturday. Sophomore Anna Weirich established herself as one of the top CCS runners with her 11th place finish in the varsity run that included runners from several different state sections. Kailash Ranganathan, Aditya Singhvi and Arya Maheshwari all placed in the top 30 in their 260 runner frosh and soph races. Freshmen Erica Cai, Teresa Cai, Ritika Rajamani and Clarice Wang established themselves as varsity runners with their successful runs in their 220 runner race. Senior Ryan Adolf led the Eagles for the second week with his 20 second personal best run on the course.
The young Eagle runners stole the day at the Univ of Pacific Cross Country Meet Saturday. The Frosh-Soph girls team, led by the race winner Anna Weirich, earned a trophy with their 3rd place finish out of 42 teams. Sophomores Aditya Singhvi and Arya Maheshwari led the boys frosh-soph team to a 4th place finish. For Weirich, she defended her individual race title, winning last year by 4 seconds, this year by 50 seconds. Senior Ryan Adolf continued to shine as the varsity boys leader, he ran 17:44 for the golf course 5k run, improving by 1:00 over last year's run. Ryan also represented Harker in the "Mascot Dance Contest".
Anna Weirich showed no hesitation in the biggest race of her career, running with the leaders for the entire 5000m race on the Stanford Golf Course. She and Roake of Santa Cruz broke away from the field of 186 state D-2 runners and finished 2nd while running the top sophomore time of the day. She posted one of the top 10 times all day in the 6 division multi-state invitational.
The cross country teams opened up their league season with some very good marks on the Crystal Springs XC Course. The varsity girls added 4 freshmen to the mix and the team placed 4th, out of the 13 league teams, their highest finish in several years. Anna Weirich took a 50m early lead before suffering a foot injury just past the mile mark. She still placed 5th with a personal best. The boys added two sophomores and one freshman to it's squad, with Ryan Adolf leading the Eagles with another lifetime best run.
Ryan Adolf ran a personal best on the Half Moon Bay HS cross country course that included steep hills, sand, mud and haybales. In the Frosh-Soph division, Aditya Singhvi and Arya Maheshwari both medaled in their 2.33 mile races. The team placed 6th out of 18 teams. Erica Cai also medaled and led her Frosh-Soph team to an 8th place finish.
The Eagles ran very well in their final cross country race before the league championships in two weeks. Ryan Adolf again led the Eagles at Baylands Park as he and Aditya Singhvi both finished in the top 20 for the first time this year. Freshmen Ritika Rajamani and Erica Cai were the top two Eagle varsity girl runners, both running times that predict they may qualify for the CCS Championships in 3 weeks.