Liam Anderson named Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year

Anderson of Redwood is the 2018-19 recipient of this honor, the 34th year of the award after his unbeatable season, culminating with his NXN National Championship win and new course record.

Anderson races to podium spot at Nike Cross Nationals

Junior finishes season with a third place finish at NXN

Liam Anderson, Junior, of Redwood placed third in the prestigious NXN National Cross Country Championship Meet today at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland Oregon.  Liam was one of 45 individual qualifiers from around the country.  The race was won by Aidan Troutner of Utah in 15:03.9. The second place finisher was Brody Hasty of Tennessee, 15:05.9.  Liam’s time was 15:07.6.  There were 199 finishers in the race. The second Californian was Matt Strangio, 15th in 15:32.1.  In 2016, Anderson placed 22nd in 16:02.9. Anderson’s finish was the highest finish for a Californian since 2014, when Caleb Webb placed third in the race.

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Boys winners and the Press, NXN. December 2, 2017

Anderson and Wagner win big at State

Drake Boys team takes second in DIV team competition

Liam Anderson, Junior, and Gillian Wagner, Senior, of Redwood won their respective Division III State meet races today at Woodward Park in Clovis CA.  Liam won in a time of 15:10.3, averaging 4:52.7 per mile on the course. His time was the third best time of the day among all five boys’ races.

Gillian Wagner finished in 17:49.3, averaging 5:43.8 per mile.

In 2016 both Anderson and Wagner were runners up in their respective races.

The Drake boys team scored 98 points, finishing second to Cathedral High School of the Southern Section with 73 points. Drake finished with a team time of 1:22:49, averaging 16:34 on the course, with a differential of 21.7 seconds between first and fifth runner.  The second place finish for Drake was the highest finish for a boys team from Marin County since San Rafael won the DIV race in 2010.

Drake was led by Juniors Cooper McCarthy, 19th, 16:23.8, Gabe Reuter, 23rd, 16:30.1, Nicco Pompili, 24th, 16:30.6, Sophomores Amir Barkan, 35th, 16:39.3, Owen Wolford, 46th, 16:45.5 and Seniors Aaron Davidson, 53rd, 16:48.9 and Henry Persily, 96th, 17:26.4.

Full results can be found at



Other Marin teams at State

The Branson girls placed 6th in the DV race, with two in the top 10.  Senior Grace Dailey was 4th, 18:26.9, in her fourth appearance at the State Meet.  Dailey ends her high school career with three top five state meet finishes.  Junior Callie Jones, 7th, 18:34.4.  Branson runners at State were: Caitlin Evers, Freshman, 76th in 20:46.5, Brigid Rasmussen, Junior,  112th in 21:47.8, Sydney Hwang, Sophomore, 148th, 22:36.7, Anna Weisel, Junior, 158th, 22:55.1, Nye Day, Senior, 165th, 23:24.9.

The Marin Academy Girls team placed 14th in the Division V race, led by Madeline Rodriguez, Junior, 53rd, 20:30.5, Sierra Cameron, Freshman, 64th, 20:39.1, Bella Bromberg, junior, 82nd, 20:49.8, Julia Hopkins, Senior, 99th, 21:26.3, Sierra Jackovics, Senior, 151st, 22:40.9, Sofia Arleo, Junior, 155th, 22:51.1, Gracyn Haying, Freshman, 163rd, 23:12.8

The Drake girls team placed 16th in the DIV race, behind top finisher freshman, Kyla Seeley, 46th, 19:45.9, Shannon McKillop-Herr, Senior, 65th, 20:11.1, Finleigh Levinson, Junior, 104th, 20:54.6, Jenevieve Escabar, Senior, 133rd, 21:32.8, Noel Rockwell, Junior, 140th, 21:43.8, Zoe Miller, Senior, 142nd, 21:46.1 and Jackie McKillop-Herr, Freshman, 167th, 22:46.8.

The Redwood boys team placed 18th, behind Liam Anderson’s first place finish.  Freshman Grace Hudson was second man for the Giants, finishing 105th in 17:09.1, followed by Ryan Pole, Senior, 121st, 17:17.9, Austin Patel , Junior, 142nd, 17:32.4, Mathew Phipps, Junior, 168th, 18:00.2, Tim Walters, Sophomore, 179th, 18:11.6, Erik Goltz, Sophomore, 181st, 18:14.9.

The Marin Catholic girls team placed 19th in the DIV race, led by Samantha Wallenstrom, Freshman, 68th, 20:14.5, Sara Kennedy, Junior, 81st, 20:283, Turner Wallenstrom, Freshman, 127th, 21:23.3, Charlotte Brockton, Freshman, 144th, 21:46.3, Alex Goldstein, Senior, 151st, 21:58.5 and Gigi Clifford, Freshman, 153rd, 22:00.8 and Taylor Powers, Senior, 186th, 23:59.7.

Individual athletes from Marin County and MCAL teams at State

DIV Girls: Hannah Chau, Senior, Justin Siena, 26th, 19:07.6

DV Boys: Rob Hudson, Marin Academy, Sophomore, 46th, 17:03.2

DIV Boys: Lyle Rumon, Marin Catholic, Sophomore, 44th, 16:44.3

DIV Boys: Munir Kabbara, San Rafael, Senior, 45th, 16:44.4.

DIII Boys: Paul Law, Tamalpais, Sophomore, 146th, 17:37.0






Marin athletes take NCS XC titles, move on to State

Marin athletes won three individual titles at the NCS Championships at Hayward High School and one team title yesterday and qualified multiple teams and athletes for State.

Individual Champions

Gillian Wagner, Senior, Redwood, Division III Girls. 17:26.3.  Gillian finishing the Girls DIII race, dominated the field, by 18 seconds.


Liam Anderson, Junior, Redwood. Division III Boys. 15:04.9.  Below, Liam Anderson crushes the boys DIII field, en route to his second NCS win.


Munir Kabarra, Senior, San Rafael, Division IV Boys.  15:31.8, shown below.


Team Champions

Sir Francis Drake Boys, Division IV.  29 points.  Total TT: 1:18:59.5 Average TT: 15:47.9. Team of: Owen Wolford, Soph, 3rd, 15:41.5, Cooper McCarthy. Jr, 4th, 15:44.6, Gabriel Reuter, Jr, 5th, 15:47.2, Nicco Pompili, 6th, 15:48.5, Amir Barkan, Soph, 11th, 15:57.7, Aaron Davidson, Sr, 14th, 16:16.7, Henry Persily, Sr, 25th, 16:41.1, shown below.


Additional Marin Teams qualifying for the State Meet

Sir Francis Drake Girls, Second, DIV race. 98 points. Total TT: 1:39.39.6. Average TT: 19:55.92. Team of: Kyla Seeley, Fr, 11th, 19:32.3, Finleigh Levinson, Jr, 18th, 19:43.3, Shannon-McKillop-Herr, Sr, 20th, 19:46.7, Zoe Miller, Sr, 25th, 20:04.7, Jenevieve Escabar, Sr, 32nd, 20:32.6, Noel Rockwell, Jr, 34th, 20:38.4, Jackie McKillop-Herr, Fr, 49th, 21:18.6.


Marin Catholic Girls, Fourth, DIV race.  119 points. Total TT: 1:40:43.2. Average TT: 20:08.6.  Team of: Samantha Wallenstrom, Fr, 10th, 19:26.6, Sara Kennedy, Jr, 16th, 19:38.6, Turner Wallenstrom, Fr, 22nd, 19:51.3, Alex Goldstein, Sr, 38th, 20:47.2, Charlotte Brockman, Fr, 41st, 20:59.5, Gigi Clifford, Fr, 50th, 21:26.1, Maddie Dowd, Soph, 130th, 26:06.5.

Redwood Boys, Fourth. DIII race. 136 points. Total TT: 1:22:03. Average TT: 16:24.72.  Team of: Liam Anderson, Jr, 1st, 15:04.9, Hudson Grace, Fr, 18th, 16:24.1, Tim Walters, Soph, 32nd, 16:42.7, Ryan Pole, Sr, 35th, 16:44.7, Matthew Phipps, Jr, 50th, 17:07.2, Austin Patel, Jr, 56th, 17:12.5, Eric Goltz, Soph, 69th, 17:35.8.

Branson Girls, Fifth, DV race.  160 points. Total TT: 1;39:45. Average TT: 19:57.02. Team of:  Callie Jones, Jr, 4th, 18:06.7, Grace Dailey, Sr, 5th, 18:26.5, Caitlin Evers, Fr, 32nd, 20:14.6, Sydney Hwang, Soph, 57th, 21:05.4, Bridget Rasmussen, Jr, 78th, 21:51.5, Nye Day, Sr, 89th, 22:17.3, Anna Weisel, Jr, 111nd, 23:12.1,

Marin Academy Girls, Sixth, DV race.  176 points.  Total TT: 1:42.42.6. Average TT: 20:32.52. Team of: Cameron Sierra, Fr, 17th, 19:46. Madeline Rodriguez, Jr, 30th, 20:13.3, Bella Bromberg, Jr, 35th, 20:24.2, Julia Hopkins, Sr, 52nd, 20:55.4, Gracyn Hayunga, Fr, 64th, 21:23.7, Sofia Arleo, Jr, 79th, 21:52.7, Sierra Jackovics, Sr, 83rd, 22:03.

Additional Marin Individuals qualifying for the State Meet

Hannah Chau, Sr, Justin Siena, DIV girls, 3rd, 18:13.

Lyle Rumon, Soph, Marin Catholic, DIV boys, 7th. 15:48.5.

Paul Law, Soph, Tamalpais, DIII boys, 8th. 15:58.5.

Rob Hudson, Soph, Marin Academy, DV boys, 10th. 16:12.9.

Below, Ryan Pole and Paul Law in the pack of the DIII Boys Race; Tam’s top runner, Junior Kelsey Van Allen, narrowly misses qualifying for state.


Link to full results:

NCS Cross Country Championships race schedule

The 2017 NCS Championships will be held Saturday, November 18 at Hayward High School. Race Schedule, with Marin schools listed:


8:30 Division V Girls  (Branson, Marin Academy)

9:05 Division I Girls

9:35 Division V Boys (Branson, Marin Academy)

10:05 Division I Boys

10:35 Division II Girls

11:05 Division III Boys (Redwood, Tam, Novato)

11:35 Division IV Girls (Drake, TL, MC, SR, SM, JS)

12:05 Division II Boys

12:35 Division III Girls (Redwood, Tam, Novato)

1:05 Division IV Boys (Drake, TL, MC, SR, SM, JS)

Drake boys and girls win MCAL Team titles

Liam Anderson and Gillian Wagner of Redwood are County Champions


  1. Liam Anderson, Redwood 16:04
  2. Munir Kabbara, San Rafael 16:13
  3. Gabriel Reuter, Drake 16:21
  4. Cooper McCarthy, Drake 16:24
  5. Lyle Rumon, Marin Catholic 16:29
  6. Ryan Pole, Redwood 16:41
  7. Owen Wolford, Drake 16:45
  8. Nicco Pompili, Drake 16:51
  9. Ian Converse, Marin Catholic 16:51
  10. Amir Barkan, 16:58


  1. Gillian Wagner, Redwood 18:19
  2. Grace Dailey, Branson, 19:21
  3. Callie Jones, Branson, 19:32
  4. Hannah Chau, Justin Siena 19:40
  5. Samantha Wallenstrom, Marin Catholic 20:19
  6. Kelsye Van Allen, Tam 20:23
  7. Zoe Miller, Drake, 20:26
  8. Juliette Nast, Justin Siena 20:27
  9. Emilia Oblites, Novato 20:27
  10. Finleigh Levinson, Drake 20:27




Big weekend of Invitationals for Marin runners

Drake boys win Medium School race at Clovis, Liam Anderson second in boys Championship race

Drake won the Medium School race at Clovis with 95 points, led by Nicco Pompili, 9th, 16:02, Cooper McCarthy, 14th, 16:07, Gabe Reuter, 15th, 16:08, Owen Wolford, 25th, 16:18, Amir Barkan, 32nd, 16:24, Aaron Davidson, 16:41 and Henry Persily, 17:00.


Liam Anderson of Redwood leads Boys Championship race at the mile mark. Liam was second in 15:02.


Gillian Wagner of Redwood placed 6th in the Girls Championship race in 17:28.2.  Four Redwood boys ran in the Boys Large School, led by Ryan Pole, 32nd, in 16:30.9

Tam Girls win Crystal Springs team title. Munir Kabarra wins small schools boys race

The Tam girls won the Varsity race at Crystal Springs with 44 points, led by Summer Solomon, 8th, Kellsey, Van Allen, 9th, Mikayla Lin, 15th, Lauren Tanel, 16th, Charlie Osborn, 19th and Katia Martha, 21st.

Munir Kabbara won the Varsity Boys race in 15:48.3. San Rafael was 13th.

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Hanna Chau of Justin Siena wins Artichoke.  San Marin, TL and Drake also compete.

The Justin-Siena girls took 3rd in the Small Schools girls race, led by Hanna Chau who won the race in 13:55.

San Marin boys placed 15th in the Small Schools Varsity race.  San Marin was led by Junior Paris Morgan, 35th, in 13:32.

Justin Siena boys placed 16th in the Small Schools Varsity race.  Justin was led by freshman Casey Potrebic, 14th in 12:53.

Terra Linda runners competed without a scoring team. Terra Linda was led by Senior Kelden Ben-Ora, 24th in 13:14.

Drake, Redwood at DeLaSalle – Carondelet Nike Invitational

September 16, 2017, Newhall Park, Concord

Drake fourth in the Boys Varsity race, led by Cooper McCarthy in 13th.

Redwood 13th in the Varsity boys race led by Ryan Pole in 37th.

Redwood 8th in the Frosh / Soph Girls race, led by Carmen Monroe-Watts in fourth.

Redwood 24th in the Varsity girls race, led by Tyler Woods in 68th.

Redwood 15th in the Boys Frosh / Soph race, led by Hudson Grace in fourth.

Redwood 9th in the Boys Frosh / Soph Unlimited race, led by Travis Haskin, 54th..