Half Moon Bay "Review" - '01
Senior boys claim Foothill XC title
By Mark Foyer--Half Moon
The St. Francis Cross
ended Thursday the same
way it started for the
Half Moon Bay High School Invitational.
- with wins to celebrate.
Dan Grech started the day
winning the freshmen boys' race. He ran the 3-mile
course at Foothill College in 18 minutes, 59
A few hours later, as the sun set on the Los Altos
Hills campus, the Half Moon Bay senior boys
celebrated taking home the team title.
The Cougars won with 60 points, seven points
better than Palo Alto.
Tyler Godshall had the fastest time for the senior
boys with a 17:49 clocking, good for 11th place.
Daniel Ho was 17th in 18:50, one second and one
place ahead of Michael Bass. Mark Restani was 21st
Also running for the Cougars were Ben Gerth (30th,
19:59), Josh Brown (34th, 20:07) and Andrew Jensen
(41st, 20:33). Kirk Damer was 62nd in the 62-man
field. His time was not recorded.
The course was slightly altered from past years.
With ongoing construction, runners not only had to
deal with the normal problems of hills - and in
some of the earlier races, the mid-afternoon heat
- but also the occasional dump truck as well,
producing more dust and dirt than one sees on a
warm afternoon at Crystal Springs Cross Country
While runners had to make adjustments, they still
had to work on lowering their times from last
All but two Half Moon Bay runners with past
experience at the meet dropped their times.
Godshall lowered his time by nearly 30 seconds.
"We were able to run in the late afternoon,"
Godshall said. "It was nice and cool then. We
didn't have to run when it was so hot."
The news about the Cougars coming out on top
brought plenty of happy faces.
"I want the team to do well," Ho said. "We have
been training very hard. We have our goals set."
Thanks to Grech's win in the boys' freshmen race,
the Cougars finished fifth as a team, scoring 124
Also running for the freshmen boys were Aaron
Wilson (19th, 20:48), Matt DeYoung (46th, 22:52),
Darren Taylor (47th, 22:53) and Nate Lewis (64th,
24:34). There were 80 runners in the race.
With his team, Grech was the seventh fastest
Cougar of the day.
"I thought this was a fun race," Grech said. "Most
of the race was downhill. I was hoping to finish
first. But a good consolation would have been to
place in the top 10."
Thanks to the strong downhill running, Grech was
[Image] alone with about 600 yards to go.
He kept looking straight ahead. But with less than
100 yards to go, as he made a turn from a frontage
road onto the track, he made one final look back.
"I didn't see anyone behind me," Grech said. "I
just had to finish the race. I didn't have to
sprint. I could have sprinted to the finish if I
The sophomore boys finished fifth with 140 points.
Tristan Jones placed eighth in the 102-man field
in 18:28. Tony Aguilar was 15th in 18:56.
Also running for the Cougars were Dylan Ho (43rd,
20:50), Jason Whelen (57th, 21:57) and Jon Centoni
The Cougars had just two people in the junior
race. Greg Cubbon was 35th in 20:19. Jan Thissen
was 80th in 24:25.
In the girls' junior-senior race, Half Moon Bay
finished third with 91 points. Alisa Gammon led
the way, placing ninth in 21:12.
Leilani Ortiz was 14th in 22:03, with Lacey Hughey
16th in 22:27. Sarah Myers put on a strong kick at
the end to claim 21st in 22:42.
Also running for the Cougars were Tiffany Silva
(61st, 25:26), Christina Grech (81st, 29:08),
Veronica Baume (82nd, 29:09) and Samantha Jensen
Gammon got what she was looking for, which was a
solid race. During the season, she always got off
to a strong start, but didn't finish as strong as
she would have liked.
It was a different story Thursday.
"I ran by myself for about a mile," Gammon said.
"I did run with another girl for the second mile.
She finished behind me. If I have someone next to
me, I am able to race with them. I'm very happy
with how I did today."
The frosh-soph girls didn't have a full team. But
the four runners turned in an impressive showing.
Drusia Dickson was 12th in the 79-woman field in
22:05. Her time was third best among the Lady
Jezebel Ortiz was 14th in 22:16, with Gina Restani
15th in 22:18 and Daisy Lamont 28th in 24:00.
Dickson was able to use the hills to catch some
"The hills here are not as hard as at Purissima
Canyon," Dickson said. "The hills here are not
easy, but they are not as hard as at Cougar
On Thursday the Cougars have their final tune-up
before the post-season, participating in the third
center meet at Crystal Springs.
The Peninsula Athletic League Championships take
place Nov. 1 at Crystal Springs, with the Central
Coast Section meet happening Nov. 10, at the same
With her time of 22:05 in the girls' frosh-soph race,
Drusia Dickson had the third fastest time for Half Moon