After three weeks of preparation and anticipation, the cross country team ran its first race of the year, the Earlybird Invitational, at Toro Park on Saturday, September 7. The team departed at 6:30 a.m. for the invitational and were slated to have races through 12 p.m. The Eagles competed with 50 other schools from the Central Coast Section (CCS) and beyond, making the meet unique in its variety of competition.
“I am extremely excited to get our season rolling as the team has looked awesome through the first three weeks of practices,” Head Coach Dan Oren said. “Everybody seems to be very enthusiastic about the upcoming season.”
Runners were categorized based on grade and gender, meaning there was no varsity or junior varsity distinction at the meet. Los Altos placed in the top three in four of the eight races.
The senior girls and boys along with the freshman girls placed third overall as a team and the sophomore boys placed second overall.
Los Altos was awarded an overall second place finish out of the 50 teams at the meet, only to be preceded by Bellarmine who won every single boys race of the day and was not a Co-Ed team.
Sophomore Ben Zaeske placed third overall among the sophomore boys and senior Dane Tippet placed 25th among senior boys.
One notable runner who was missing from the race, however, was senior Terence Rabuzzi. Terence has been injured all summer and was unable to run in the invitational. In his time at Los Altos, Terence has consistently established himself as one of cross country’s top runners.
“I have a muscle imbalance in my right leg so I have to first make up for the years of not using my muscles correctly and then I can begin to recover,” Terence said.
Cross country will compete in its first Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) meet at Crystal Springs on Tuesday, September 10.
Results for each race can be found here:
Boys results through xcstats.com can be found here:
Girls results through xcstats.com can be found here: