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Posted on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 | No Comments »






The varsity boys and varsity girls captured the team victory at the new Jaguar Invitational cross country course in Tracy. The hot conditions combined with a windy as well as sandy course made it an early season challenge. In recent rankings the girls are at #17 in the state ( and the boys are at #39 in the state ( You can review all the results at

Thank you to Bob Priest for the photos.

MV, ESI & DLS 2015

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015 | No Comments »


The 2015 season started with two great meets in one week. On Tuesday, September 8, the Matadors raced at Oak Hill park and toppled the Eliminator Hill. For the majority of our athletes this was their first cross country race ever. Read more »

Tom Moore Relays 2015

Posted on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

Unofficial Results

FS Boys Distance Medley – Place: 1st – Time: 11:44
1200m: Ben Dupuis: Split: 3:34
400m: Alex Hattori: Split: :58
800m: Samuel Jeppson: Split: 2:14
1600m: John Bennett: Split 4:55

V Girls Distance Medley – Place: 1st – Time: 13:00
1200m: Taylor Lawsen: Split: 4:00
400m: Helga Forstreuter: Split: 1:07
800m: Katie Reddick: Split: 2:47
1600m: Megan McCandless: Split: 5:05

V Boys Distance Medley – Place: 2nd – Time: 11:04
1200m: Nils Carlson: Split: 3:18
400m: Leo Skellenger: Split: :57
800m: Jesus Bibiano: Split: 2:07
1600m: Austin Armstrong: Split: 4:41

FS Girls 1600m
Lindy Girardelli 6:18
Meenakshi Singhal 6:33

FS Boys 1600m
Kinaar Desai 5:30
Christopher Kilday 5:14
Nicolas Macchioni 6:50

V Boys 1600m
Megan McCandless 5:04
Taylor Lawsen 5:33
Katie Reddick 6:12

V Boys 1600m
Austin Armstrong 4:36
Matthew Marty 5:12
Evan Bonnand 5:22

V Boys 400m
Ross Wohlgemuth :57
Jesus Bibiano :55

FS Girls 800m
Lindy Girardelli 2:54
Meenakshi Singhal 3:02

FS Boys 800m
Cameron Priest 2:18
Peter Vance 2:34
David Wang 2:19

V Girls 800m
Jordan Stewart 2:48
Megan Majercak 2:43
Devin Everett 3:01

V Boys 800m
Nils Carlson 2:07
Ross Wohlgemuth 2:14
Leo Skellenger 2:09

Summer 2014

Posted on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Hi Matador Running Fans! I’m excited for this cross country season! We’ve got a stellar group of over 40 returning athletes and so far we have another 20 new runners signed up.

A few things: Read more »

Center Meet 2013

Posted on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 | No Comments »


I am posting center meet details. Remember that we will need your help driving our athletes to Newhall Park in Concord on October 16…this Wednesday! We will meet in front of the school at 1:30pm. In addition, we will need help monitoring the course. Varsity parents will monitor the JV races, FS parents will monitor the varsity races, and the JV parents will monitor the FS races.

The following information is provided by Coach Pelster of DLS who is hosting the meet. Please read the information and analyze the course map.

Hi everyone,

Here’s what I have from our pre-season meeting:

Setup, finish camera, finish judges, starter, announcer – DLS/Carondelet
Finish chute – SRV/Livermore
Entries, bibs, etc. – Monte Vista
Course monitors – Granada/Foothill/California/Amador Valley/Monte Vista

I have a map with course monitor positions on it attached to this message. I suggest that each of the five teams supplying course monitors provide three monitors (at least one per station at all times). In no particular order, let’s have Foothill take spots 1-3 on the map, Amador Valley spots 4-6, Monte Vista 7-9, Granada 10-12, California 14-15. (I think there’s supposed to be a #13 on the map, but maybe the superstitious among us will be pleased there isn’t one.) Each school can choose to staff those locations as it sees fit. I will email instructions for each station a little later. We will have a meeting for course monitors at 3:15. The course will be almost identical to the one we use for the Nike Invitational. We will most likely move the start and the finish over to the trail adjacent to the soccer fields.

Parking will be exceptionally tight, as always, around Newhall Park. I believe we have made arrangements for all buses to park at Cal State East Bay’s parking lot on the other side of Ygnacio Valley Road. All parent and student drivers will be expected to follow parking laws in the area around the park. If the curb is red or there’s a fire hydrant and a car is parked there, the vehicle may be ticketed (and towed for all I know). The biggest factor in our ability to use the park in the future will be the number of complaints we get from neighbors. The city doesn’t mind if we use the park as long as the neighbors don’t howl about illegal parking and disrespectful visitors. If we can all make sure our families can get that message, it would be helpful.

Let me know if there’s something I’ve missed. Looking forward to hosting our first EBAL meet!

Schedule of races:

3:30 – F/S girls
4:00 – F/S boys
4:25 – JV girls
4:55 – JV boys
5:20 – Varsity girls
5:50 – Varsity boys

John Pelster
De La Salle High School
English Department
Head Cross Country Coach

Starting Up

Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 | No Comments »


The first week of tryouts are over and we had a ton of people make the team. This year we had a two mile time trial on the Robertson Park course.

The top finisher for the boys was sophomore Leo Skellenger in a time of 10:43. He was followed closely by upper-classmen: Austin Horning, Austin Hoggatt, Jesus Bibiano, and Nils Carlson. Impressive efforts from first year runners Ben Dupuis (Fr. 11:29) and Harrison Goold (So. 11:32).

The top finisher for the girls was sophomore Megan McCandless in a time of 11:42. Sophie Hartley was second in 12:23, and finishing in a big pack was newcomer Haleigh Atkinson, junior Victoria Winter, and sophomore Taylor Lawsen.

On Tuesday, September 3: The Monte Vista Invitational featuring “The Eliminator.” This 2 mile course has a flat first mile followed by a giant hill. Races are competed by year in school. Parent drivers will be needed to take athletes to and from the meet. Please complete the driver volunteer forms located on the Athletics page of Granada HS website at

Results from the time trial.
1. 10:43; Skellenger, Leo; SO
2. 10:52; Horning, Austin; SR
3. 11:01; Hoggatt, Austin; SR
4. 11:02; Bibiano, Jesus; JR
5. 11:03; Carlson, Nils; JR
6. 11:29; Dupuis, Ben; FR
7. 11:32; Goold, Harrison; SO
8. 11:42; McCandless, Megan; SO
9. 11:48; McCubbin, Kyle; JR
10. 11:51; Jeppson, Samuel; FR
11. 11:55; Maimone, Lane; SO
12. 12:02; Hattori, Alex; FR
13. 12:14; Han, William; SO
14. 12:18; Sjogreen, Gustav; SO
15. 12:23; Hartley, Sophie; SR
16. 12:42; Atkinson, Haleigh; SR
17. 12:42; Anaya, Timothy; SR
18. 12:45; Winter, Victoria; JR
19. 12:46; Lawsen, Taylor; SO
20. 12:50; Volkir, Alek; SR
21. 12:53; Knuth, Tristan; SR
22. 13:03; Moore, Mitchell; FR
23. 13:22; Reddick, Katie; SO
24. 13:23; Escover, Cole; SO
25. 13:48; Lewczyk, Joshua; SO
26. 14:01; Bihari, Enikoe; JR
27. 14:30; Wheelen, Anthony; SO
28. 14:34; Cole, Taylor; JR
29. 14:40; Parker, Devin; SO
30. 14:40; Vazquez, Alexander; SO
31. 14:40; Brocklesby, Brandon; SO
32. 14:45; Priest, Cameron; FR
33. 14:57; Vance, Peter; FR
34. 15:04; Gerton, Madison; JR
35. 15:07; Niklewicz, Mia; SO
36. 15:28; Lee, Julia; SR
37. 15:39; Vonderach, Morgan; FR
38. 16:12; Goold, Anastasia; SR
39. 16:21; Greenough, Riley; JR
40. 16:21; Clark, Tristan; FR
41. 16:35; Van Atta, Fernanda; JR
42. 16:53; Maruskin, Julie; JR
43. 17:24; Pettis, Kelsey; JR


Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2013 | No Comments »


Schedule for the first week of cross country tryouts.

Monday, August 19: 3:25pm-5:30pm at Granada’s Track (Snack Shack). – The first part will have an information meeting with the team policies. Athletes who are not cleared will not be allowed to train. They are expected to watch the practice.

Tuesday, August 20: 3:25-5:30pm at Granada’s Track. Team policy and compliance form must be signed and returned on this day.

Wednesday, August 21: 3:15-4:45pm at Independence Park.

Thursday, August 22: 3:25-5:30pm at Granada’s Track.

Friday, August 23: 3:25-5:30pm at Granada’s Track.

Saturday, August 24: 8:00-10:00am at Independence Park. The roster will be finalized and closed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The roster will remain open for freshmen.

A fully updated practice, race, and team meal schedule can be found on this website’s calendar link located on the tool category.

All cross country athletes must attend tryouts. Attendance is mandatory.

Athletes should be dressed in running attire and running shoes, wear a digital watch with lap counter, bring a water bottle, as well as a granola or energy bar.

Captain Philosophy

Posted on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 | 3 Comments »

Cross Country is more than a sport; it is an experience. It allows people to be a part of a successful, hard-working, determined team that promotes respect, focus, and self-control. We would like the team to help construct a positive atmosphere in order to allow others to gain from the cross country experience. It is our hope that the runners not only gain friends and fitness from the program, but a lifelong love of running.

We, the captains, all entered the cross country team for separate reasons; however, we all stayed on the team for the same reasons: to create lasting friendships, participate in a fulfilling activity, and find a competitive outlet. We improve ourselves through running and wish to leave the team with a positive legacy. Once our time with this program comes to an end, we will have learned how to achieve success not only in running, but in many aspects of life. By challenging ourselves to be leaders we see a unique opportunity to help not only grow ourselves but to help others in the program.

– Sophie Hartley, Sarah Franklin, Austin Armstrong, Austin Hoggatt, and Austin Horning

2013 XC Calendar Updated June-December

Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 | No Comments »

I have made changes to the racing schedule and have included a possible date for the team banquet. We will once again make the trip to SoCal to attend the Brea Invite. Other notable dates include Oct. 4 as a day off from school and homecoming the week of Oct. 7-11.

Dublin Distance Fiesta 2013

Posted on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 | No Comments »

Sobers 7:14.04
Borden 6:22.62
Dobson 7:01.91
Novell 6:03.73
Pettis 6:25.28
Reddick 5:46.16
Gong 5:15.11
McCandless 5:17.96
Hartley 5:30.96
Franklin 5:38.88
Lawsen 5:39.53

Vazquez 6:12.41
Escover 6:21.25
Brandt 5:46.99
Tellez 5:35.68
Perez 5:06.79
Futral 5:09.62
Wheelan-Aguilar 5:00.15
Bibiano 5:03.37
Carlson 4:58.70
Han 5:27.42
Armstrong 4:51.87
Jeppson 5:04.06
Jeppson 4:50.36
Horning 4:51.42
Hoggatt 4:55.04
Rasmussen 4:50.61
Knight 4:48.79