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Close race in Ed Sias

Less than five seconds separated the top three finishers in the Ed Sias Invitational varsity boys cross country large school race Saturday at Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park. Castro Valley High’s Ben Eversole won the two-mile race in 10:15.4, followed by a College Park trio of Will Holland (10:17.1), Anthony Ortolan (10:19.9) and Jeff Bickert (10:25.0). College Park placed four in the top eight to win the team title with 60 points.

In the varsity girls large school race, Granada freshman Sophie Hartley continued to sparkle in the early season with a win in 12:02.5. Livermore’s Natalie Dimits was second (12:10.4) and Castro Valley’s Kelsey Santisteban was third (12:24.4). Granada had three in the top seven to take the team title with 72 points.

Campolindo individuals won both varsity small school individual titles. Dylan Laucher was first in the boys race (10:30.4) followed by Alhambra’s Evan Quigley (10:32.7). Campolindo’s Carrie Verdon and Grace Orders went one-two in the girls race with times of 12:07.9 and 12:16.9 respectively.

Acalanes, led by sixth-place finisher Annie Marggraff (12:46.7), won the varsity girls small school team title with 68 points. Campolindo won the varsity boys small school team crown with 56 points.

Phil Jensen