From the sports activities archives: Ryan McAuliffe, Annalisa Crowe nab Peninsula Athletic League cross nation titles | Native
Given the suspension of athletics within the county, the Every day Journal determined to dive into our 20-year archives to deliver readers a few of our favourite tales through the years.
NOV. 9, 2015 — Neither Ryan McAuliffe nor Annalisa Crowe contemplate cross nation their first sport. But the 2 had been each carrying gold medals Saturday on the 2015 Peninsula Athletic League Championships on the Crystal Springs Cross Nation Course.
Crowe — a senior at Menlo-Atherton — received her title within the historical past books for M-A, recording a time of 18 minutes, 19 seconds, the second quickest time in program historical past. Solely Laurie Andeen has completed higher on the three.2-mile course with a 17:49, a faculty file that has stood since 1986.
McAuliffe — an Aragon senior — turned in probably the most thrilling end of the day, ready till the final 200 meters whereas taking the ultimate flip to dash into the lead. Half Moon Bay senior Graham Faust led many of the approach, however McAuliffe executed a deliberate technique to draft the leaders. And it paid off, as he completed with a 15:48, simply forward of Faust’s 15:51.
“I handed him and he stayed with me a pair seconds,” McAuliffe stated. “However truthfully, I didn’t know I received it till I received to the end line and heard the cheering fade slightly bit.”
McAuliffe is a four-year varsity cross-country runner, and completed fifth in final yr’s PAL Championships, together with the perfect time of all non-seniors. And whereas he’s entertaining the notion of working on the collegiate stage, he stated he’s nonetheless deciding between cross nation and his favourite sport — ice hockey. He has performed journey hockey with Golden State Elite for the previous 10 years.
Crowe’s greatest sport is far nearer to the world of cross nation. The senior, who considers herself foremost a track-and-field competitor, is particularly an 800-meter specialist. She took gold in every the 800 and the 1,600 finally season’s PAL Observe finals. And Saturday she added a gold to her trophy case with a commanding run.
“She’s the quickest woman I’ve coached at M-A,” M-A head coach Eric Wilmurt stated, who has run this system for 21 years. “She’s an 800-meter racer … and is aware of if she needs to try this, she has to have quick cross-county occasions and win some races within the course of.”
Admittedly, although, Crowe was frightened concerning the quickest rising star on the PAL cross-country circuit, San Mateo freshman Mallorie Jenne. After being promoted to the varsity group halfway via the season, Jenne has emerged because the inheritor obvious to Crowe’s reign at Crystal Springs via her senior season.
“I used to be slightly frightened about that freshman woman,” Crowe stated. “She’s new, so she might simply come proper up on me. I did that rather a lot (as a freshman).”
Jenne took silver with a time of 18:46, topping Mills junior Sarah Gayer who took third with 18:49. M-A senior Cat Depuy took fourth with a 19:13, edging Sequoia senior Sophie Walton who timed at 19:14.
The M-A ladies completed first general within the group competitors. Senior Madeleine Baier positioned sixth with a 19:27; freshman Anna Leake seventeenth with a 20:29; sophomore Olivia Shane 18th with a 20:33; junior Olivia Tai twenty fourth with a 20:50; and freshman Sara Osterberg twenty sixth with a 21:01.
Crowe — who didn’t run cross nation the earlier two years as a consequence of bouts with tendonitis — stated this season has been a particular one for the M-A group.
“It’s been nice,” Crowe stated. “I’ve my two seniors Madeleine and Cat, who’ve been with me on varsity for 4 years. … Then there’s all these underclassmen who’ve stepped up.”
And the underclassmen actually look as much as Crowe as a mentor.
“Two thumbs up,” Leake stated of Crowe’s presence as a task mannequin. “Possibly if I had thumbs on my toes, 4 thumbs up.”
The Half Moon Bay boys introduced residence the group title. Junior Corey O’Driscoll took third place with a 16:25; senior Khalil Droubi fourth with a 16:40; senior Aidan Shimeld fifth with a 16:41; sophomore Jared Mansukhani twelfth with a 16:55; senior Patrick Jones thirteenth with a 16:58; and junior Sam Reynolds 14th with a 16:58.