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2017 Lowell Invite

Posted on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 | No Comments »

The Granada Matador Cross Country Team enjoyed cooler temperatures, an epic venue, and fast times in Golden Gate Park on Saturday during the Lowell-San Francisco Invitational. Despite facing strong competition at the meet, the Mats often came out victorious with two first time race winners and four team victories. Freshman Shae Hill, in her first high school cross country race, won the Frosh-Soph girls 2.13 miles race by out kicking a girl from Granite Bay in a time of 14:03. Later that day, Junior Joshua White won the Non-Varsity 2.93 miles race with a commanding lead in a blazing time of 15:16. Congratulations to our race winners; winning a race is truly a special and unusual thing.

The Freshman boys made their debut in excellent form with the team averaging 13:43 (first five runners are scored for each school). Top 50 finishers included: Feoden Soriano finished 5th, Mark Bennett in 25th, Sean Taulbee 32nd, Jacob Bryant 39th, Kelly Galicia-Thomas 40th, and Cody Ojeda 50th. Overall the team placed 4th of 23 schools.

The Sophomore boys performed well as a team despite missing three members that were promoted to either varsity of the non-varsity race. The boys team finished 9th of 19 schools with an average team time of 13:35. Top 50 finishers included: Thomas Mennink 20th, Rocklin Dhaliwal 44th, and Cameron Gray 47th.

The Non-varsity boys had a tough situation as last year that team went 1-11. The race did not disappoint as Josh White dropped an amazing run in a rounded up time of 15:16 which is good enough to be one of the top performers in the meet at the varsity level. Teammates Matthew Reddick and Shlok Bansal finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Senior Andrew Walker threw down a sub 16 minute performance as well for 5th place. Other top 50 performers included: Yarin Dan 14th, Anthony Guerra 17th, Andy Lau 19th, and Kevin Plant 35th. Overall the team placed 1st of 21 teams in varsity quality 2.93 mile team average time of 15:50.

The Varsity boys had a huge race and had to face two of the top ranked teams in the state and nation. Bellarmine boys ranked either 4th or 6th in the state and 13th or 14th in the nation depending on your sources seemed like the clear favorite to win the meet. Palos Verdes was the other state ranked team (10th or 19th depending on sources). Granada was mostly considered an honorable mention and seemed unlikely to challenge for the win. The big surprise was that the Matador boys have had a terrific summer of training and were well prepared to take on the challenge. John Bennett was the race runner-up in a stellar time of 14:34. The third place finish by Tyler Hattori was devastating to the competition as he finished in 14:42. Cameron Meier, Seth Jeppson, and Julian Galicia-Thomas completed the scoring team with all three under 15:10. Kilday and Desai finished out the team placing 22nd and 26th, respectively. Their winning team time of 74:35, averaging 14:44 for 2.93 miles, is likely a course record or close to it. The boys finished a full minute ahead of 2nd place Palos Verdes and Bellarmine finished 5th.

The Frosh-Soph girls was very exciting to watch with a great team battle between Granada and Granite Bay with our Matadors winning 30-55 (low score wins). Shae Hill won the race with on all out sprint versus a GB girl. Top 50 finishers included: Giorgia Bates 4th, Brooke Eddy 6th, Shayleen Araya 8th, Kylie Neubauer 11th, Mina Thompson 22nd, Taylor Bond 24th, and Amaiah McIntosh 29th. Overall the girls were 1st of 22 schools with an average of 14:28.

The Non-varsity girls had good day taking 5th of 21 schools. Clara Crittenden was the top Matador performer with a time of 20:53 for 8th place. Other Top 50 finishers included: Olivia Armstrong 33rd, Mya Voigtsberger 37th, Emily Bowles 38th, and Sydney Myers 40th.

The Varsity girls had to face a big challenge from perennial powerhouse Palos Verdes who came up from Southern Section for the weekend. PV had the race winner in the race but they had no answer for Granada’s strong trio of Colleen McCandless, Kinga Bihari, and Gracie Dupuis whom finished in 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. PV then came back with 12th-14th, but Paula Leigh finished in 15th and rookie sensation Isabella Romero finished in 16th. Kaylie Lawsen was also a top 50 finisher with a thirty second PR in 48th place. The girls team won with 41 points in what is likely a course record time of 89:12, an average of 17:50.

Check out for all the race result info.

Del Valle 2017

Posted on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 | No Comments »

On Saturday we had more than 30 runners complete the Del Valle destination run from the damn side staging area (near Camp Arroyo) to the Del Valle marina. Thank you to the many families that supplied our athletes with sustenance.

Updated All-time lists

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

I just finished updating the NCS Hayward list and it has a sortable table at the bottom of the post. I also completed the State meet list but I have not built a sortable table yet. Check them out!

Alumni Race

Posted on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 | No Comments »

First Annual Alumni Race

On Tuesday night, July 18, 49 souls lined up to race a 2-mile course at Sycamore Grove Park, representing a small microcosm of the Granada Cross Country program during the past decade. Parents and athletes brought food and drink to celebrate and people enjoyed the event.

You can view more pictures provided by Bob Priest by clicking the link below:


PlaceTimeLast NameFirst NameGraduation Year

2016 Wrap-Up

Posted on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 | No Comments »

2016 Wrap-Up

Well after nearly a year of neglection, I’m recapping the championship part of 2016.

EBAL Championships

FS Boys won their race with a near perfect score as Cameron Meier won the race at Shadow Cliffs in 16:06. Runner-up Matthew Reddick finished just 2 seconds back, in third Seth Jeppson in 16:11, Julian Galicia-Thomas in fourth, and in sixth place Shlok Bansal. The top 5 scored just 16 points.

JV Boys finished in third place behind the effort of Kevin Plant who was 5th overall.

V Boys took also took third place behind the All-League first team performance of John Bennett and the All-League second team effort of Alex Hattori.

FS Girls took third place behind the top 10 efforts of Paula Leigh (3rd), Taylor Bond, (5th), and Giorgia Bates (9th).

JV Girls finished again finishing with third place the girls rallied behind their top finisher Lexie Homen in 8th place.

V Girls had an unexpected injury when Kinga Bihari fell during the warm-up which would eventually lead to an early end to her season. Regardless of the pain at the time, Kinga charged to a second place finish and lead the team to an impressive 31-point victory. Other All-League first team finishers included Colleen McCandless in 3rd, Kalea Bartolotto in 5th, and Gracie Dupuis in 6th.

NCS Championships

V Boys had a tremendous day finishing in 3rd place and qualifying for the CIF State championships. Bennett finished in 4th place and Cameron Priest ran a great race as Granada’s second runner finishing in 11th place in a time of 15:33.

V Girls, without Bihari, had a terrific day, capturing a 5th NCS title in the last decade. McCandless took second again, Bartolotto in 5th, and Dupuis in 6th. Kaylie Lawsen and Daisy Guinchard finished in 17th and 18th place respectively. The girls team won by 1 point over MV, 48-49.

CIF State Championships

The boys finished in 13th place of the 23 schools with Bennett breaking the 16 minute barrier over the 3.1 mile course.

The girls finished in 12th place with Bartolotto finishing as the Matadors first runner.

Center Meet 2016

Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Matadors had 31 personal records at the center meet on Wednesday. The FS Girls started the day with a great effort from Taylor Bond who finished in second. The girls took 3rd place. The FS Boys took 5th place and were led by Andy Lau and Josh White and both broke the 19 minute barrier. The JV Girls took 5th place with a great performance from Lexie Homen who averaged 7:21 pace for the 3 mile course. The JV Boys went 1-2 from first time cross country race winner Matthew Reddick and freshman sensation Seth Jeppson to propel the team to a first place finish. The Varsity Girls went 1-2-3 from Bihari, Bartolotto, and McCandless and secured the team victory. The Varsity Boys faced challenges from four teams and ended up in 5th place. Despite the disappointing finish 9 of the 10 boys raced to personal records and the team was more than 2 minutes faster than last year.

Shlok Bansal, Seth Jeppson, and Matthew Jeppson

Meenakshi Singhal

David Wang

Lexie Homen

Paula Leigh

Kalea Bartolotto, Colleen McCandless, Kinga Bihari

All photos by Bob Priest.


Posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

Granada raced at Canyon Middle School on Saturday for the Castro Valley Invitational. The freshmen boys, frosh-soph girls, and frosh-soph boys represented the Matadors. The course is a challenging 2.1 mile race that features a large hill. Great job to the following competitors: Andrew Lu, Anthony Guerra, Caleb Harwood, Yarin Dan, Nathan Woolsey, Thomas Mennink, Cameron Gray, Jacob Walker, Mya Voigtsberger, Anastasia Kozin, Emily Bowles, Emily Cain, Taylor Bond, Ariella Stewart, Clara Crittenden, Grant Montgomery, Matthew Larson, Ritwik Aluri, Connor Crampton, and Adam Murphy. Full results will posted soon to xcstats as well as an update to this site.

Emily Cain

Getting ready to race!

Anastasia Kozin

Mya Voigtsberger

Andrew Lu, Cameron Gray, and Thomas Mennink

Freshmen at the starting line.


Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 | No Comments »

A strong day for the Matadors as they took their first visit to Shadow Cliffs to preview the EBAL Championship course at the Scott Bauhs Invitational. There were no team scores as the race is run by year in school. The girls placed three athletes in the top 10 all-time list for the meet and the boys placed four in the top 10. You can view our all-time list for this course at this time of the season by clicking this sentence.

Below I’ve included Jeremy’s summary.

Granada Cross Country raced at the Scott Bauhs Invitational on Saturday. All runners competed on the 2.95 mile course at Shadow Cliffs. This was a terrific opportunity for our runners to acquire race experience on the course which will be used for the EBAL Championships in November.

In girls racing, Kinga Bihari placed 2nd overall in 17:27. The only Matador who ranks ahead of Bihari is 2016 GHS grad Megan McCandless, who last weekend claimed her first collegiate win for MIT. Colleen McCandless, Kalea Bartolotto, and Daisy Guinchard finished in the top 12 overall to spearhead another powerful outing for Granada.

The boys action also featured some outstanding performances. Junior John Bennett posted the fastest time of the day with his 15:32 victory. The Matadors placed 6 in the top 11, and 9 in the top 22. Amongst the most impressive efforts of the day, Julian Galicia-Thomas improved his personal record on the course from 17:47 (9th) to 16:18 (10th). With another shot at the course in 5 weeks, there’s no doubt we will see an onslaught of personal records from GHS runners.

Great job Matadors!

Joshua White and Nicholas Melendez

Emily Bowles

Alex Hattori, Cameron Priest, and Samuel Jeppson

Ben Dupuis

John Bennett

Kalea Bartolotto


Posted on Sunday, September 18th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Matadors continued their fantastic racing performances on Saturday at the Farmer Invitational on Hayward High’s North Coast Section championship course. The course this year is slightly altered to accommodate stadium construction. Officially, the meet does not have a team competition and instead the top 25 finishers in each race receive medals.

Freshmen boys race medalists included Yarin Dan (5th), Rocklin Dhaliwal (11th), and Anthony Guerra (17th).

The frosh-soph girls race medalists included Paula Leigh (4th), Taylor Bond (5th), and Clara Crittenden (25th).

The sophomore boys race medalists included Julian Galicia-Thomas (2nd) and Andrew Lau (18).

The JV girls race medalists included Lexie Homen (9th) and Lindy Girardelli (21st). Peter Vance (12th) medaled in the Open boy race.

All ten boys medaled in the JV race with Andrew Walker winning the race, followed by Seth Jeppson (2nd), Shlok Bansal (5th), Cameron Meier (6th), Kevin Plant (9th), David Wang (11th), Benjamin Hatch (12th), Caleb Hardesty (14th), Matthew Reddick (16th), and Ben Dupuis (17th).

The varsity girls race medalists included race winner Kinga Bihari, Colleen McCandless (4th), Kalea Bartolotto (7th), and Kaylie Lawsen (13th).

The varsity boys race medalists included John Bennett (3rd), Tyler Hattori, (6th), Cameron Priest (7th), Alex Hattori (8th), Christopher Kilday (11th), Kinaar Desai (13th), and Samuel Jeppson (14th).

You can view all the results at

Photos courtesy of Bob Priest.

farmer16_gstartStart of the varsity girls race at Hayward.

lawsen_farmer16Kaylie Lawsen was Granada’s 4th runner in the varsity girls race.

farmer16_walkerAndrew Walker on to winning his second JV race in a row.

dan_farmer16Yarin Dan finishing in the top 5 in the freshmen boys race.



Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

A glorious day in San Francisco for the Lowell SF Invitational at Golden Gate Park. Granada runners at all levels improved their racing speed over the first race in Tracy. The freshmen boys took 5th place of 20 teams in their race and the sophomore boys took 8th of 20 teams (2.13 miles). The frosh-soph girls took 7th of 21 teams (2.13 miles). In the non-varsity 2.93 mile race, the girls did not field a complete team but had a top 20 finish from Lexie Homen.

In epic style the non-varsity boys crushed the field finishing first through eleventh! That level of dominance had never been seen before. Andrew Walker paced the group and collected his first individual cross country win. However, the top 7 members of winning teams receive medals but no one else…so we had four boys that should have also earned medals. Kaylie Lawsen’s grandpa to the rescue as he made medals for our brethren! You can view a picture of the boys posing with their medals above.

The varsity teams again proved that they are worthy and each won their respective races. The girls won with 90 points defeating second place Sonoma Academy’s 133 points. Our team time of 91:04 might be the fastest all-time for that course. Kinga Bihari placed third running a sub 6 minute pace over the course. The boys scored just 33 points and had a tiny spread from 1-5 of about 23 seconds. Cameron Priest was Granada’s first finisher taking second place for the Matadors.

You can view all the stats for us at

Colleen finishing in 10th at Lowell. Colleen finishing in 10th at Lowell.

Thanks to Kaylie' grandpa for these awesome medals. Thanks to Kaylie’ grandpa for these awesome medals.

Varsity boys with their medals in Golden Gate Park. Varsity boys with their medals in Golden Gate Park.

Cameron taking second place in the varsity boys race. Cameron taking second place in the varsity boys race.