Lowell’s Zachary Parker runs the state cross country meet on Nov. 30 at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif. (Courtesy / dyestae.com and Chuck Utash)

Lowell’s Zachary Parker runs the state cross country meet on Nov. 30 at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif. (Courtesy / dyestae.com and Chuck Utash)

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Both Lowell cross country teams make big splash at state meet in Fresno

In what one veteran coach called the fastest state meet in its 31-year history, Lowell’s Zachary Parker became the school’s first male cross country medal winner by placing sixth in the Division IV race in a San Francisco Section- and school-record time of 15:33.3.

Parker led the Cardinals to an eighth-place team finish, where they set a section and school record for combined time, at 82:44.

Parker, a senior, is only the second male and fifth runner overall from the San Francisco Section to win a medal at the state meet.

The Lowell girls team also showed well achieving the school’s fifth top-10 finish and the third-best team time. Elizabeth Holcombe was the Cardinals’ first runner, placing 21st with a time of 18:43.9 in the Division IV race.

Other local finishers:

Washington senior Kiara Neely finished 183rd in girls’ Division I with a time of 22:28, while Galileo junior Maia Piomelli finished 169th in 21:20.

St. Ignatius’ Evie Cohen finished ninth with an 18:11.3 in the girls’ Division III race, while Burton sophomore Emelife Lillan finished 154th with a time of 21:01.3.

In the Division IV girls’ race, Academy sophomore Naomi Manuel finished 147th out of 211 runners in 21:21.1.

In the boys’ races, Lincoln basketball star Charlie Moore finished 164th out of 178 runners in Division I with a mark of 17:11.6, and in Division III, Burton junior Jamison Smallwood finished 148th out of 217 runners with a time of 17:17.0, while Burton senior Daniel Cavanaugh finished 161st with a 17:32.

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