By: Kloe Adams
Los Gatos cross country continues to rack in amazing results at their meets. Their most recent meet was at the Crystal Springs cross country course in Belmont on Oct. 3, which is a 2.95 mile long course. Los Gatos Varsity Boys and Los Gatos Varsity Girls both took second place overall. Junior Aydon Stefanopoulos and Junior Shea Elmore led their teams; they both came in second place with Stefanopoulos getting a time of 15:25 minutes and Elmore getting a time of 18:40 minutes.
Varsity Boys Two, one team below Varsity One, placed third overall with sophomore Dominic Sheehan leading the team and coming in sixth place with a time of 18:40 minutes. Varsity Girls Two came in an impressive second place overall to Los Altos. Freshman Piper Pyle came in third place with freshman Aleida Nunn following behind in fourth. Pyle clocked in at 22:00 minutes with Pyle coming in at 22:13 minutes. Frosh-soph Boys came in second place overall to Mountain View. Freshman Torrin Wentzien led his team coming in sixth place with a time of 18:11 minutes.
Later that week, Los Gatos Cross Country participated in the Pacific Grove Invitational in Carmel. This race was 5000 meters long (5k). Los Gatos dominated with varsity boys, varsity girls and sophomore and freshman boys all taking first place overall. Stefanopoulos and Elmore continued to lead the teams with both taking first place overall. Stefanopoulos finished in 16:54 minutes and Elmore finished in 20:43 minutes. Senior Jensen Bidmead followed closely behind Stefanopoulos in second place with a time of 17:23 minutes and Junior Sarina Salzer-Swartz, not far from Elmore, finished in third place with a time of 21:23 minutes. Sophomore Ryan Sacco and freshman Elise Greenstree continued the Los Gatos winning streak, coming in first place in their races with Sacco finishing in 19:02 minutes and Greenstreet finishing in 22:14 minutes. Freshman Noah Gloege finished the invitational strong taking third place in the freshman boys race with a time of 19:20 minutes.
When asked how he felt about his most recent meet at Baylands, Sacco answered, “It was alright. I’d say I feel like I could have done better in some parts but it was still a personal best for me, so I can’t be disappointed.” Sacco hopes to “run a personal best for a 5k next meet and [he] thinks [he] can win the race [he’s] in.” Sacco ended up winning the 5k race with a time of 19:02 minutes. When asked about how he prepares for his meets Sacco responded “I usually make sure I get enough sleep and have a good dinner and breakfast.”
Los Gatos Cross Country is continuing to dominate in their races. Coming up are league finals and CCS, so make sure to stay tuned to hear about the results and support your Wildcats!