|Iyer leads Saratoga boys to a team fourth|
|By Kevin Sparrer|
Kevin Schneider ran like the wind last Thursday. And because of it, he breezed to an easy victory in the Central Park Invitational 2.3-mile run.
Schneider, a Fremont junior, ran 11:43.1 to finish a full seven seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Herrel Siller Jr. (11:50.1), a senior from Palo Alto. Milpitas senior Eric Day (11:55.8) finished third.
Siller helped Paly to a third-place berth in the team standings, but it was Los Gatos taking home the title.
Sophomore Matthew Petrillo (12:06.4), who was coming off of a Firebird Invitational win, was fourth to lead the Wildcats. Less than 15 seconds later came the second of the five point scorers for Gatos.
Junior Seth Smart (12:20.8) was 10th overall, helping the Wildcats toward their victory. Sophomore Jon Berthet (12:42.2) followed his two teammates across the finish line in 19th. Less than a full second after Berthet came in another sophomore, Jimmy Jatho (12:43.1), who joined the pack of finishers at 21st. Freshman Michael Johnson (12:50.2) made it official for the Cats, finishing 29th to round out the top five for Gatos.
Saratoga finished a close fourth in the boys varsity field. Senior Hari Iyer (12:09.0) was the first of the Saratoga runners to finish, nailing sixth place. Junior Ken Douglas (12:42.7) was 20th and then sophomore Brad Jacobs (12:44.7) finished 23rd. Fourth for Saratoga was junior Henry Barmeier (13:00.8) at 40th and junior Scott Surrette (13:14.8) was 48th.
Also finishing in the top 20 in the boys race was Luis Jensen of Lynbrook, seventh in 12:15.7.
The Los Gatos girls ran just as well as the boys, beating Cupertino to take the team title in the Central Park run.
Jill Goodwin (14:30.2), a sophomore, led the pack for Los Gatos, finishing in fifth place. Just seconds later came freshman Kaela Townsend (14:32.4) in seventh place. Junior Ariana Nicewonger (15:01.8) was 18th and sophomore Samantha Peppard (15:07.4) was 19th with the final Los Gatos runner just behind them. Less than two seconds later, Los Gatos would finish its top five with junior Jacqui Kemp (15:09.0) 21st.
Cupertino finished just behind Los Gatos. Sophomore Julianne Hanson (14:04.9) was Cupertino's first finisher in third place. Next came Kimberly Chew (14:41.4), a junior who finished ninth.
Third for Cupertino was Sumika Shiokawa (14:52.9), who finished 13th. Senior Stacie Boyle (15:07.8) 20th overall for the Pioneers with Melissa Gomez (15:35.3) 33rd.
In a distant third in the team standings came Gunn, thanks to the efforts of senior Tori Tyler (12:52.8). Tyler ran much faster than the rest of the pack, and was able to defeat top-ranked Alicia of Saratoga, who finished in exactly 13 minutes. These two girls dominated this group of runners, finishing more than a minute ahead of the rest of the pack.
Lynbrook's MayC Huang raced to a fourth in the girls race in 14:12.3. Saratoga's Jessica Douglas ran 16th in 14:56.5.