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The cross-country seniors pose with upper school cross-country head coach Kevin Oliver, holding up posters decorated by the team. When we’re at meets, there’s a great team vibe where everyone is very supportive of each other, senior Emma Gao said.

Cross-country senior night closes with CCS qualifications and personal records

by Jessica Hu, Reporter November 23, 2023

The cross-country team competed at their senior night meet, the West Bay Athletic League Finals hosted annually at the Crystal Springs cross-country course, on Nov. 3. They celebrated their six seniors,...

Emily Bryan (10) races on a path around Baylands park in the Girls varsity race, the last event of the second WBAL meet. Racers looped around the park twice before diverging from the path.

Cross-country team earns season-best results at Baylands meet

by Emma Gao and Emma Li November 3, 2023

The cross-country team dominated in the second West Bay Athletics League (WBAL) race at Baylands Park on Oct. 23, which meet directors rescheduled from the previous Thursday because of high temperature...

Jonathan Li (9) and Adam Sayed (12) bolt past the starting line of the boys JV race. Out of 120 total runners, the pair finished 20th and 26th with times of 20:35 and 21:13, respectively.

Cross-country team conquers hills and heat at WBAL Meet #1

by Jessica Hu, Reporter October 24, 2023

The cross-country team competed in the first West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) meet of the season at the Crystal Springs course in Belmont on Oct. 4.  The course stretched 2.95 miles, consisting of a...

Nicholas Knauer (9) breezes through a flat section of the course. Runners gained speed here, ready to take on the upcoming hill.

Cross-country team traverses elevated course at Ram Invitational meet

by Jessica Hu and Emma Li October 18, 2023

The cross-country team participated in the Ram Invitational race at Westmoor High School on Sept. 30. Team captain Laurel Davies (12) organized for racers to don paper hearts with get-well wishes for Zaeem...

Marcus Blennemann (11) sprints up the largest hill of the course, nearing the end of the first mile. Marcus led the non-competing junior varsity (JV) boys team with a time of 22:58.

Cross-country kicks off season at De La Salle Invitational

by Jonathan Xue and Mihir Kotbagi September 22, 2023

The cross-country team competed in the De La Salle Nike Invitational race in Concord to begin the season on Saturday. The course spanned three miles around Concord’s Newhall Park, including long flat...

Meet your teacher: Ace of all trades

Meet your teacher: Ace of all trades

by Aryana Bharali and Tiffany Chang May 1, 2023

Cross country athletes surround Kevin Oliver as he reviews techniques and invigorates them with advice for an upcoming competition. His expertise as a runner enables him to devise proper strategies...

Cross country head coach Kevin Oliver hands flowers to seniors Kara Kister and Ada Praun-Petrovic. “It’s really sad [to be leaving]; I cried a bunch today,” Kara said. “Since I’ve been on the team for so long, and I see them every single day and all these people, it’s really sad to be leaving.”

Culminating at Crystal Springs: Cross country team competes in league finals, celebrates seniors

by Emma Gao and Jonathan Xue November 15, 2022

24 upper school cross country team runners ran the last West Bay Athletics League (WBAL) meet of the season at the 2.95 mile Crystal Springs course on Nov. 5. The team also celebrated seniors Rupert Chen,...

Abby Lim (10) raises an arm to block Kyra Hawk (12) in a passing drill. Girls water polo practiced on the morning of Aug. 13, one of two Saturday practices.

Fall sports kick off preseason in early August

by Jessica Tang, Photo Editor August 26, 2022

Upper school fall sports, boys water polo, cheerleading, cross country, football, girls tennis, girls volleyball and girls water polo, kicked off preseason in early August. Afternoon practices began...

Anandita Arun (9) swings at the ball during the varsity girls tennis teams win over Notre Dame Belmont on Sept. 28.

Weekly Previews: Nov. 8-12

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Managing Editor November 8, 2021

Winter sports seasons kicked off last week, with the basketball and soccer teams practicing in preparation for their first league matches next week. Tennis Seeded first in CCS with a record of 14-1,...

Cross country head coach Mia Purnell hands out roses to this years seniors Erica Cai, Ritika Rajamani, Dawson Chen, Kailash Ranganathan, Aidan Lincke and Alex Liou during the senior ceremony.

Cross country team competes in league finals, celebrates Senior Night

by Emma Gao, Reporter November 8, 2021

The cross country team competed in the West Bay Athletics League finals hosted at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Park on Senior Night on Friday. The team celebrated seniors Erica Cai, Dawson Chen, Aidan...

Alex Lan (11), Cynthia Wang (10), Eric Li (9) and Kailash Ranganathan (12) from the ASB Community Service Committee introduced Thanksgiving grams, which were sold on Thursday and Friday, with a short skit. Each gram includes chocolate, stickers, stationery and a personalized message for $3 as a way to show gratitude throughout the community.

School meeting recap 11/4/21: DECA Month, Thanksgiving grams and spirit standings

by Medha Yarlagadda, Reporter November 7, 2021

Associated Student Body (ASB) president Dawson Chen (12) started off the school meeting on Thursday by introducing DECA officers Catherine He (12), Shreeya Merchia (10) and Claire Luo (10), who talked...

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