By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune
Alhambra’s cross country runners competed at the Peter Brewer/Castro Valley Invitational this past Saturday, where the Frosh/Soph and junior varsity runners ran the 2.1 mile course and the varsity raced the even tougher 3-mile distance at Canyon Middle School.
Several strong teams were also in attendance. Notable schools included Campolindo, De La Salle, Northgate, and Casa Grande.
Graham Manning and Alan Kobylik competed in the freshman boys event. Both completed their races with similar times, with Manning running 15:13 and Kobylik just a few seconds back at 15:19.
The Frosh/Soph girls started at 10:30 a.m. Nicole Tria continued her 2015 success by finishing the hilly course in just under 16 minutes, placing 18th overall. Tria’s place earned another medal against solid competition. Campolindo’s Jenna Miles took first in 14 minutes, 44 seconds.
Jake Romeo and Gabriel Gonzales represented the Bulldogs in the guys Frosh/Soph 2.1 mile race. Romeo completed the course in 14:56, while Gonzales crossed the line a few minutes later in 17:33.
The varsity girls race began at 11:25. In her second race of the season, sophomore Marissa D’Atri placed the highest out of all the Bulldogs during the day. D’Atri, who currently has the fourth fastest girl’s mile time ever at Alhambra High School, crossed the line in second place to win a medal in a respectable 20:28 finishing time.
Erica Cardinale also achieved success in the varsity girls race, collecting the third Bulldog medal in 18th place out of 90 runners and a time of 21:51. Adrianna Barich of Casa Grande High School won the varsity competition with a time of 19 minutes, 57 seconds.
In the varsity boys 3-mile competition, Noa Nabeshima also battled for an eventual 18th place finish, which was good for a fourth medal award. Nabeshima completed the course with a respectable 17 minute, 48 second finish. Casa Grande’s Matt Salazar was the victor with a blazing 16 minutes, 17 seconds.
Robert Viano nearly took home a fifth medal for Alhambra, but he ended up just one place out of contention in 31st overall with a time of 18:14.
Other varsity runners for Alhambra included Luis Garcia (18:51), Connor Hayes (18:58), Dylan Gregory (19:21), and Trevor Oliveira-Smith (19:59).
Kyle Fitzpatrick and Isa Mendoza also competed in the guys and girls junior varsity races, respectively.
The Bulldogs will compete a second time at Hayward High School this Saturday, Oct. 17, for the 32nd Mariner Invitational.