St. Joseph Notre Dame cross country awarded first place at Stanford after Crespi DQ

The St. Joseph Notre Dame High boys cross country team has been moved from second to first place in the final team standings of the Stanford Invitational Division V boys race on Sept. 29 after a disqualification. Joe Wagstaffe, the Stanford Invitational meet director, said today that original team champion Crespi-Encino competed in the wrong division. Wagstaffe said that he did not know the reason for the error.
“The way that our meet is structured, because we have such a high volume of teams, we expect each coach to put their team in the correct division. We have guidelines for what division you are in,” Wagstaffe said. He said the invitational follows California Interscholastic Federation guidelines for divisions for teams. The Crespi cross country team is listed as a Division IV team by the Southern Section.
Crespi originally had a team score of 62 with the Pilots second with a score of 67. St. Joseph Notre Dame’s winning score is now 55. Gabe Arias-Sheridan led the Pilots with a third-place finish and a time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds for the 3.1 mile course at Stanford Golf Course. Other Pilots scorers were Michael Murphy (fifth, 16:59), Matthew Murphy (10th, 17:14), Louis Rodrigues (13th, 17:30) and Sam Levy-Wendt (27th, 18:07).

Phil Jensen