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Pilots Win Second Straight State Championship
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School won its second straight California Div. V boys state cross country team title on Nov. 30 with 64 points, a huge 55 points ahead of second-place Marin Academy. The Pilots also produced the third-fastest team time in CIF state Division V boys history (1 hour, 21 minutes, 47 seconds).
The championship is in sharp contrast to last year's state title, which the PIlots won by one point.
The cross country team proved their depth and team commitment were a winning combination, ensuring that even the fifth place runner for SJND, Chris Melendez '14, who placed 32nd with a time of 16:56 earned important points for the team.
The Pilots were paced by a fourth-place finish from Gabe Arias-Sheridan '14 (15:42). Other Pilots scorers included Michael Murphy '15 (ninth, 16:10), Matthew Murphy '15 (16th, 16:29) and Cooper Teare '17 (17th, 16:30).
Arias-Sheridan passed the one-mile mark in third (5:00) and the two-mile mark in fourth (10:05).
"I followed my strategy and I had something to kick in," Arias-Sheridan told the Bay Area News Group, adding that he kicked to pass Marin Academy's James Kinney in the final meters of the race. "I just tried to run a smart race."
Michael Murphy passed the one-mile mark in 5:03 and was eighth at the two-mile mark (10:22).
"I was just sort of trying to get into the top 10 early and stay there," he said.