A top 30 finish at the CIF State Cross Country Championships is something to be proud of, but a top 10 finish is something to brag about.
And Pioneer's Weston Strum earned bragging rights over Thanksgiving weekend when he placed in the top 10 in the Division III boys finals in the Nov. 28 run at Fresno's Woodward Park.
Strum covered the 5-kilometer course in 15:24 to place sixth in the DIII finals. His time was the third best among Central Coast Section runners in all divisions at the state meet.
Strum's brother, Nathan, joined him in the top 20 in the division, running 15:46 to place 17th.
Luca Signore of Lynbrook, Kyle Rae of Bellarmine, Will Geiken of Los Gatos and Kelsey Hilbrich of Harker School had plenty of to be proud of at the state meet — each of them nailed a top 30 finish in his or her division.
Signore just missed a top 10 finish for the Vikings in the boys Division II race, ending up 11th in 15:27. Gatos junior Geiken was 30th in 15:53 in the same division, setting a personal record as he broke the 16-minute mark.
Freshman Richard Ho of Leland was 54th in the boys DII race in 16:11.
Rae was 29th in 15:48 in the boys Division I finals, leading Bellarmine to a 12th-place team finish with 288 points. Dalton Guthrie was 55th in 16:01, Tony Ferrari 79th in 16:16, Jack Bordoni 96th in 16:27, Adrian Hinojosa 118th in 16:42, Esteban Valencia 119th in 16:44 and Robbie Cotton 150th in 17:12 to round out the field for the Bells.
Hilbrich finished strong in the girls Division IV finals, getting into the top 30 by running 25th in 19:15. Amy Wright of The King's Academy was 40th in the same race in 19:36.
The Los Gatos girls managed a top 20 finish as a team, rolling up 408 points to wind up 17th in the Division II event.