|Follmar runs to Center Meet win|
|By Dick Sparrer|
Jason Yow led Monta Vista to the boys team title and Alicia Follmar of Saratoga won the girls individual crown when the best runners from the area converged on the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs for an Oct. 24 Center Meet.
Yow, a sophomore, finished fifth in 16:36 to lead the Matadors to the overall boys championship. Freshman Scott Russell was 10th, with seniors Julian Kolev 11th, Drew Fetterman 24th and Stewart Jones 33rd.
Saratoga's Steve Surrette, a junior, and Jacob Osborne, a senior, clocked the same 17:17 time to finish 17th and 18th, respectively, in leading the Falcons to a team seventh. Junior Will Alleshouse was 35th for the Falcons.
Junior Eugene Berson was 23rd, with junior Allen Chang 48th to spark Lynbrook to a team 12th, and seniors Nick Song and Scott Smith were 27th and 32nd to lead Prospect to a 16th-place finish in the team standings.
Follmar set the pace in the girls varsity race the same day. The Saratoga sophomore finished first in 19:21, outrunning second-place finisher Michal Oda-Burns of Menlo School by 11 seconds.
Follmar led the Saratoga girls to a team sixth in the meet, but it was Monta Vista and Lynbrook finishing one-two among the girls teams at the event.
Dana Underwood finished sixth in 20:10 to lead the Matadors to the team championship.
Junior Aya Wakabayashi finished 14th in 20:57 to drive Lynbrook to a team second in the meet. Freshman Zohreh Akhavan was 18th, with Francine Lee 20th, Agnieszka Goslicka 21st and Christina Liao 22nd.
Follmar led the Saratoga effort with her individual title. Teammate Rachael Foust ran 28th, with Annie Tam 30th, Jackie Molzon 34th and Paula McNally 42nd.
Prospect sophomore Becky Palm finished among the leaders in the Center Meet. Palm was fourth overall in 19:58.
In the boys frosh-soph race, Hari Subramaniam finished third overall in 17:34 to lead the Falcons to a team title. Scott Surrette was fifth, with Robert Paolini sixth, Ken Douglas seventh and Henry Barmeier 15th.
Lynbrook's Luis Jenson was 14th.
In the junior varsity girls race, Nikki Kinney of Fremont finished first in 15:12 to lead the Firebirds to a team third.
Justin Lee of Monta Vista was second in 18:29 to lead the Matadors to a crown in the boys JV division.
Redwood runs to titles
The cross country teams at Redwood Middle School in Saratoga recorded solid efforts at the league and county meets recently.
Redwood won a team title and had three individual champions at the league meet, and the locals came back with a team third and an individual title at the county finals.
Katie Nast won a title and led the Redwood sixth-grade girls to a team third at the county meet.
In the seventh-grade finals the same day, Ryan Hinshaw and Katrine Cooper were each second for Redwood in the county finals.
At the league finals two days earlier, Kris Clark won a title and Hinshaw finished second to lead Redwood to the boys seventh-grade championship. Cooper was the girls seventh-grade league champion.
Nast ran to a title in the girls sixth-grade race to lead her team to a second-place finish.
The Redwood cross country team is coached by Brian Senior.