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Rigo Gonzales (10) sets up in his ready stance at the start of the track. Rigo qualified for CCS as a freshman last year, after running three miles in 17 minutes and 22 seconds at the CCS qualifier meet.

Apex: Hustle and heart

by Muthu Panchanatham, Co-Sports Editor April 2, 2021

A crowd forms at the end of the race, anticipating a close finish by the top competitors. As the runners come into view, they can be seen making a last ditch effort to pull ahead, exhaustion already set...

Natalie Vo (12) hits a tee shot with her driver during the girls golf team's victory against Notre Dame Belmont last Wednesday. The girls now have a record of 3-0, with three matches still left on their schedule.

Girls golf and girls tennis teams dominate in league, more sports to kick off soon

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham March 22, 2021

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Santa Clara County, a majority of Harker sports have been allowed to resume practice, and in some cases, competition. Sports seasons were initially scheduled to...

Jessica Zhou (10) prepares to hit a bunker shot at a practice round at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club last week. Following the upper school's safety protocols for athletes, players are required to wear masks and social distance at all times.

Spring sports kick off

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Varsha Rammohan March 1, 2021

Despite a delayed start to their seasons, due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County during the winter, upper school athletes in cross country, football, girls golf and girls tennis are currently...

Kara Kister (10) runs during a cross country meet last year. Kara was one of four athletes to participate in last Saturday’s meet at The King’s Academy, which was Harker’s first athletic competition since the school shut down in March last year due to COVID-19.

Athletic competitions resume, cross country team participates in first meet

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham March 1, 2021

The cross country team participated in their first meet of the season last Saturday, facing off against The King’s Academy and Notre Dame. Alexa Lowe (11), Alex Liou (11), Kara Kister (10) and Adam Sayed...

(Left) Alex Hu (11) sprints at a cross country meet last year. (Right) Rigo Gonzales (10) lunges with a medicine ball during a workout session in July.

Conditioning sessions and cross country resume, other sports remain on hold

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham January 21, 2021

The upper school’s strength and conditioning program will resume this Thursday after a brief hiatus in December due to the new regulations implemented by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)...

Daniel Lin (9) cleans a weight ball in a water cooler after a workout. In order to reduce spread of COVID-19, all equipment must be cleaned after workouts before being used again.

Season 1 sports postponed to January at the earliest

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham December 7, 2020

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced in a press release on Dec. 1 that the start of Season 1 sports will be postponed to Jan. 1, 2021 at the earliest. Season 1 sports, which include...

Anna Weirich (11) competes at WBAL league finals on Nov. 8. Anna won the CCS Division 4 girls championship, ahead of the second place runner by 47 seconds.

Cross country runner wins CCS, qualifies to States

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Sports Editor November 19, 2019

Anna Weirich (11) placed first in the Central Coast Section (CCS) finals Division 4 cross country race on Saturday, qualifying to the state meet to be held in Fresno on Nov. 30.  Anna beat her Nov....

Seniors Nikhil Sharma, Grant Miner, Evan Cheng, Richard Hu and Martin Bourdev pose with their posters and candy-filled garlands. This meet was their final cross country meet of high school.

Cross Country honors seniors at league finals as girls qualify to CCS

by Aditya Singhvi and Erica Cai November 9, 2019

The Cross Country team honored 15 seniors as the girls' team qualified to the CCS Championships at the last league meet of the season, held at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course on Friday. The girls'...

Sports preview: Week of Nov. 4

Sports preview: Week of Nov. 4

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Sports Editor November 4, 2019

A few fall sports — Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball and Cross Country — will continue their playoff season next week, while four winter sports — girls basketball, boys basketball, girls...

Running back Devin Keller (12) evades a defensive player as he carries the ball downfield during the Eagles matchup against Burton High on Aug. 30.  The Eagles lost 57-22.

Weekly Recap: Fall sports come out swinging

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Aquila Co-Sports Editor September 2, 2019

Cross Country For the past few months, ever since pre-season workouts began in the summer, the cross country team has been training extensively for upcoming meets this year. With a grueling exercise regimen,...

Mia Purnell watches her cross-country athletes warm-up on the track at the Blackford Campus.

Mia Purnell coaches students through the race that is life

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter August 30, 2019

Newly appointed cross country and track head coach Mia Purnell stands proudly beside her bicycle, wearing a bright green Harker Athletics polo and a wide smile on her face, watching her student-athletes...

“At Harker, every year, I just really enjoy coaching everybody, enjoy having the people around, we don’t have a lot of pains in the [butts],” Chisam said.

Cross country, track and field coach retires

by Erica Cai and Eric Fang February 22, 2019

Standing in the center of Blackford’s track with a baseball cap over his head, Scott Chisam chats with a few seniors as the other runners finish their warm-up lap and sit cross-legged in front of him...

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