Local runners find mark on lectern during Toro Park

November 15, 2014 - Picnic Time

When a mud settles currently during a Central Coast Section cranky nation championships during Toro Park in Salinas, a slew of internal runners are likely to take a podium.

And design there to be copiousness of mud on a 3-mile course, that starts and ends in a wide-open cruise area while traversing by kindly sloped mud trails, prosaic weed lawns and dual sets of hills.

Names to keep an eye out for according to predictions found on LynbrookSports.com — with times formed on performances during joining finals during a 2.93-mile Crystal Springs Course in Belmont — embody a following list of projected top-10 finishers:

  • Division we boys: Palo Alto comparison Lucas Matison and a contingent of Carlmont-Belmont seniors in Owen Lee, Johain Ounadjela and Michael Bereket;

  • Division we girls: Gunn-Palo Alto youth Gillian Meeks and comparison Emily Aiken;

  • Division II boys: Los Altos youth Ben Zaeske and Andreas Godderis, St. Francis-Mountain View youth Xander Olivero and Serra-San Mateo youth Matthew Herrera;

  • Division II girls: Los Altos youth Lauren Jacob, Mountain View comparison Carina Gwenap, St. Francis youth Gia Kim and Mountain View beginner Serena Myjer;

  • Division IV boys: Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton comparison Daniel Hill and Menlo School-Atherton beginner Robert Miranda;

  • Division IV girls: Menlo comparison Lizzie Lacy;

  • Division V boys: Woodside Priory-Portola Valley comparison Ross Corey and youth Robert Screven;

  • Division V girls: Pinewood-Los Altos Hills comparison Nicole Colonna, Priory youth Hana Marsheck and Pinewood sophomore Helena Merk.

    Three boys and 3 girls are projected to win their races.

    On a boys side, it’s Matison, Hill and Corey. On a girls side it’s Meeks, Lacy and Colonna.

    But races aren’t run on paper. Almost accurately a month ago in a Monterey Bay Invitational during Toro Park, Lacy was a runner-up by 14 seconds to Santa Cruz youth Cate Ratliff, who will also contest in Division IV for a girls.

    Of course, that was before Lacy became a eighth-fastest lady all-time during Crystal Springs final week with a time of 17:00.8 in a West Bay Athletic League finals.

    “She desired that march and it means a lot to her,” Menlo manager Jorge Chen said. “It’s really tighten to her house, so it meant something for her to do that. Going to CCS, we do have a competition strategy. But Lizzie is usually going to go out there and competition and try to win a Division IV title. And apparently she has a lot of work to do.”

    The state championships will be hold during Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 29.

    Every boys multiplication will validate 3 teams, along with 5 people who contingency finish within a tip 14.

    Expect a quarrel to a finish line for runners like Miranda, projected to finish 10th in boys Division IV race.

    “I am really confident about his chances to make state this year as a freshman, that is flattering impressive, generally as a freshman,” Chen said. “But he’s usually going to have to run a competition of his life on Saturday, and we can totally see him doing it.”

    The girls Division we and V races usually validate dual teams, so particular qualifiers contingency finish in a tip 12.

    Email Vytas Mazeika during vmazeika@dailynewsgroup.com; follow him during Twitter.com/dailynewsvytas.

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