Mission Prep’s Annie Mooney finished second in the girls Division 5 race Saturday for her fourth straight top-three finish at the CIF State Cross Country Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Meanwhile, in the Division 3 girls race, San Luis Obispo High finished sixth in the team race. It was the Tigers girls’ best finish in program history, according to San Luis Obispo coach Steve Boaz, and first top-10 finish since placing eighth in 1988.
Mooney, a senior, covered the 5K course in 18 minutes, 24 seconds, the same time she had a year ago. She finished 11 seconds behind the individual winner, Lucy McCullough of Marin Academy, and one second ahead of the third-place finisher, Bridget Blum of San Francisco University. McCullough also won last year’s race and finished seven seconds slower this season.
“We’re really proud of Annie,” Mission Prep coach Leslie Monaco said. “We felt like she ran a great race. Her second-place finish was awesome.
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“Never less than third place in her state championship career, that’s quite an accomplishment.”
Mooney’s runner-up finish led Mission Prep to 11th in the team standings as the Royals scored 243 points, three more than 10th-place Flintridge Prep. San Francisco University won the Division 5 team title with 88 points to 119 for runner-up College Preparatory.
A year ago, Chadwick junior Jaye Buchbinder, Mooney and San Francisco freshman Holland Reynolds all finished in 18:24. Buchbinder was second, Mooney third and Reynolds fourth. On Saturday, Mooney was second, Buchbinder was fourth in 18:49 and Holland slipped to 37th in 20:15.
Two years ago, Mooney was second in 18:37, finishing behind only then-teammate Jordan Hasay, who was back cheering the team on during her Thanksgiving break from Oregon, and was second to Hasay in 2007 in 18:43.
Mission Prep’s No. 2 runner Saturday was Rachel Frye, who finished 39th in 20:16.
Also running for the Royals were Marie Frye (79th in 21:21), Demitria Castañon (87th in 21:47), Karina Torres (100th in 22:25), Annie Meyers (109th in 22:47) and Alexa Buerger (119th in 23:10).
In the Division 3 girls race, San Luis Obispo junior Christine Hoffman finished eighth in 18:06, breaking Jenna Kingma’s 2003 school record on the Fresno course by two seconds.
“State meet is such a high-powered meet,” Boaz said, “the level of competition is something that’s hard to prepare for.
“She’s running with girls who last year were probably a minute after than she was. She’s competing at a whole other level this year.”
The Tigers also had sophomore Micayla Rennick place 23rd in 18:48.
Those two finishes sparked the Tigers to a sixth-place finish with 207 points. Campolindo won the team title with 67 points to 126 for runner-up Palos Verdes.
Woodbridge was third with 154, Cathedral Catholic fourth with 169 and Corona del Mar was fifth with 187. San Luis Obispo was sixth, and Acalanes seventh with 232.
Also running for San Luis Obispo were senior Kathleen Uyttewaal (44th in 19:10), senior Mariah Grady (95th in 19:59), sophomore Leah Rife-Dupuy (100th in 20:04), senior Meghan Arigo (133th in 20:35) and sophomore Olivia Carmo (149th in 20:59).
In the Division 3 boys race, San Luis Obispo junior Seamus Land was 21st in 15:48. He was the only local runner in the race, which was won by South Pasadena’s Samuel Pons in 15:00.
In the Division 4 girls race, Templeton junior Savannah Camacho was 37th in 19:44. Cami Chapus of Harvard-Westlake was the Division 4 winner in 17:45.