Posted on Sun, Nov. 30, 2003 story:PUB_DESC
Carlmont celebrates finish

Mercury News

Already, Carlmont senior Kyle Shackleton was calling the day a ``dream come true.'' He and his twin brother, Drew, finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in Saturday's Division II race at the state cross-country championships.

Then even bigger news was delivered to the Carlmont camp: the Scots had finished second in the team competition. Carlmont entered the race at Woodward Park not even ranked in the top 10 in the state by a California Interscholastic Federation poll.

``Oh, my God!'' Kyle shouted, his mouth wide open and hands pressed against his temples. His teammates reacted similarly.

When the Scots picked up their second-place plaque at the awards ceremony, it completed a two-week stretch for the Shackleton twins that they're unlikely to forget. Two weeks ago, they fulfilled their dream of a 1-2 finish at the Central Coast Section meet.

Saturday, Kyle and Drew covered the five-kilometer layout in 15:26 and 15:39, respectively. Drew's recent form had been a pleasant surprise, given that he had been slowed by a sinus infection a month ago.

The surprises, however, didn't stop there. Junior Scott Campbell (16:03), senior Dustin Cossio (16:32) and junior Ross Defranco (17:02) all crossed the finish line faster than expected. Carlmont Coach Sheri Mulroe had projected Defranco to come in 20 seconds later.

``The top five, I wasn't even imagining about,'' said Kyle, whose team was second to St. John Bosco of Bellflower.

Carlmont wasn't the only CCS team celebrating.

Carmel, paced by senior Patrick Parsel (fourth, 15:52) and junior Dylan Fitzpatrick (fifth, 15:55), won the Division IV race to claim the school's first state title. In the same race, San Lorenzo Valley's Alex Dunn (15:26) took second to Duarte's Mohamed Trafeh (15:16). Jorge Oliveros of King City (16:15) was 10th in the race. San Lorenzo Valley finished fourth as a team, and King City was sixth.

Menlo-Atherton's Jeremy Mineau (15:19) made a brave effort in the Division II contest. He pushed the pace during the hilly middle portion but finished second to Yosef Ghebray of James Logan (15:15).

``That was the kind of race I wanted to run,'' Mineau said. ``If someone had a faster kick, so be it. I didn't want to just be waiting.''

Favored North Monterey County was a disappointing fourth in Division III, but Condors junior star Nathan Huerta was second individually in 15:24. Wes Davison of Soquel was 12th in 15:59.

Jack Welch of Redwood Christian was fourth in Division V at 16:06. Aptos senior Jacob Evans was 12th in Division II at 15:49.