Boys finish 21st and Girls 13th at State

On Saturday in Fresno at the CIF State Cross Country Championships saw the culmination of an outstanding cross country season for your Mustangs. In the history of the State Meet, this was one of the coldest meets on record in recent time with temperatures hovering around 44 degrees at the start of the first race and peaking at 62 degrees by the end of the last one.

The Varsity Boys were up first and they had their hands full from the get-go with the other 22 teams that toed the line of this venerable 5K course. They ran a very tough and gamely race from gun to tape, and when it all concluded, they finished 21st overall with a score of 435 points. Sr. Max Sawyer led the team with a 92nd individual finish and a four-second PR of 16:31.0. Next up was Fr. Gabe Rosado in 107th place in a nine-second PR of 16:39.2.  Next up was So. Julien Kehon in 110th place with a time of 16:39.9. Next was Jr. Vincent Li in 113th place with a time of 16:41.9. Then came So. Ryan Ma in 138th place in a time of 16:54.6. Rounding off the final two places were Sr. William Scott in 166th place in 17:19.8, and So. Sahil Morchi in 178th place with a time of 17:36.6.

Next up were the Varsity Girls who’s battle wasn’t going to be any easier than the previous three years. When the dust all settled, they walked away with … read more

Varsity Boys and Girls going to State

We’re going to the State meet!  The California Interscholastic Federation State meet is November 26th in Fresno.  Homestead Boys start at 10:40.  The Girls start at 12:15.  All the event details (where, when, cost, …) linked here.  Go Mustangs!… read more

Elena Kamas selected for Mercury News Highlight Reel

Elena Kamas, Homestead cross country: Finished first in the CCS Division I girls race at Crystal Springs in 17:57.7, propelling Homestead to the team championship.

See all the Mercury News Highlights Reel for the week of November 16,2016  linked more

Varsity girls win CCS, boys earn 3rd

      On Saturday at the CCS Cross Country Championships (results linked here) at the fable Crystal Springs course in San Mateo, your Lady Mustangs ran away with their third consecutive CCS Division I team title, a feat that only has been done once before when Carlmont HS reeled off four such titles between 2005-2008. While the Varsity Boys for the second consecutive year finished third in the team standings and join the girls once again on a trip to the CIF State Championships set for Fresno on November 26th. 
      The Varsity Girls won the team title by a large margin of 39 to 89 points over their arch-rivals Monta Vista HS. They were led by Jr. Elena Kamas who became the first female runner in Homestead HS history to win an individual CCS title. Kamas ran 17:57.65 for the 2.95 mile course. Next up was Sr. Lindsay Allen who made the podium by finishing third in 18:32.88. Then came SoKatie Williams in eight with a 19:12.37; Jr. Jillian O’Brien was next in 10th place in 19:44.86; So. Sammy Lieberman was next in 17th place in 20:07.13. Rounding out the other team places were Jr. Rebecca Hasser who placed 39th in 20:40.03, and Fr. Darian Lee finishing in 50th place with a time of 21:03.57.
      The Varsity Boys who were up first on the race schedule, were seeking a second consecutive trip to the State Meet; however, they knew that the road to that path would read more


For the second time in 38 years, HHS boys and girls teams won both varsity cross country titles yesterday at SCVAL Championships held at Crystal Springs. It was the second team title for the boys since 1987,  and on the girl’s side, fourth title in five years (2011, 2012, 2015 & 2016). In addition, the F/S Boys won the team title once again, VB B-team won the team title, and the JV Girls finished second. Overall, we competed in total five team titles races and walked away with four team titles and a second place, a carbon copy of last year’s performances.

Varsity Girls Team: Takes first place with 28 points in a jaw dropping team time of 1:33:45.8 mins (destroying the old school record mark of 1:34:43.9 mins set just last year at this same meet). This time now moves them #17 on the Crystal Springs fable cross country course all-time list!
Junior. Elena Kamas, won the individual title with her second fastest time of 17:52.0. Here are the rest of the team places:
3rd: Sr. Lindsay Allen third place 18:06.8 PR
5th: So. Katie Williams fifth 18:29.1 PR
9th: Jr. Jillian O’Brien 9th 19:56.0 PR
10th: Jr. Rebecca Hasser 10th 19:42.9 PR
12th: So. Sammy Lieberman 12th 19:45.1 PR
13th: Fr. Darian Lee 13th 19:45.4 PR

Varsity Boys Team: Takes first place with a team time of 1:21:41.9. Senior. Max Sawyer led his team with a second place finish in a new read more

Southern California does Mustangs good

Hi Mustangs/Friends,

Last week your Mustangs ventured down to Southern California, the City of Norco to be exact, to compete in the two-day Woodbridge Cross Country Classic held under the lights at the SilverLakes Sports Park. It’s the only meet of its kind to be held in the USA under a night format. Saturday, day two of the meet, saw temperatures soar to the mid 90’s, which was a great omen of what was to come. 

Homestead teams and athletes had their best performances ever in school history for this meet. Out of over 13,000 athletes that competed, Homestead Varsity Girls team finished 11th overall out of 257 teams, and the Varsity Boys finished 45th out of 268 schools. The Freshman boys got the ball rolling early by finishing 6th place out of 30 teams. They were led by Gabe Rosado who won in 16:32.5, Andrew Chang 26th in 18:12.9, and Jeffrey O’Brien 26th in 18:25.3

Next up were the Sophomore Boys who placed 2nd out of 26 teams that competed. Jared Chan finished 7th overall in a time of 17:13 to lead his team. Sahil Morchi placed 23rd in 17:44.4, and Nate Kim placed 29th in 18:02 to complete the first 3 team places. In the Varsity Boys Rated Race, your Mustangs ran a school record breaking time of 78:23.8 to erase last year’s mark of 79:05.6. Sophomore Ryan Ma placed 40th overall to lead his team to 11th place out of 24 teams that competed. His read more

A real good start to the season

   The time has arrived for the cross country season to get rolling once again. Each week I’ll try to give you a brief summary of our weekend meets so that you can tag along as our season gets closer to Leagues, CCS and the State Meet.

    Yesterday was the season kickoff for your Homestead HS Mustangs at the Ed Sias Invitational in nearby Martinez in the East Bay. We competed in seven cross country divisional races and walked away in great shape and with lots of momentum to set the stage for what’s up ahead for the rest of the season. Primarily for curtness, I’ll focus on the highlights. 

     The F/S Boys team got the highlights going  by placing second place out of 37 teams in a new Homestead HS Team record time of 56:06.8 mins. They were led by sophomore Ryan Ma in a new overall school record of 10:44.3 for the 2-mile course. Sophomore Julien Kehon placed third in 10:57.3, while freshman Gabe Rosada placed ninth in 11:07.6 to grab the first three team places.

    Freshman Jeffrey O’Brien running a very impressive race, lead his FS/JV Unlimited team to second place finish. O’Brien finished fifth overall with a time of 11:57.5 mins.

    The Varsity Girls team continued their impressive showing this year again by taking one the States best teams (St. Francis Sacramento) all the way to the wire and finished second place out of 22 teams with a team score of 44-63, and a new HHS read more

Girls receive Scholastic Team Award

Congratulations!  Homestead High School Girls Cross Country is one of the top five varsity 2015 fall scholastic championship teams with the highest collective grade-point average of all teams competing in that fall sport in the Central Coast Section (CCS).

CCS press release linked here.

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Both girls and boys teams going to State!

Hi All Mustangs,
Today was a historic day in the annals of Homestead cross country. For the first time in the history of HHS cross country, the boys and girls teams advanced to the State Meet simultaneously. Your Lady Mustangs won their second consecutive CCS title, while the boys finished third in what was considered nail biting races all day.
The Varsity Girls were in a battle from gun to tape with Monta Vista and Menlo-Atherton High Schools in hot pursuit the entire race; however, with strong team running, they were able to separate themselves in the final 1/2 mile and went on to win with a team score of 62 points, to Monta Vista’s 89 points, and Menlo’s 95 points. They were led by Jr. Lindsay Allen who placed fourth in 18:34.9, then next came Fr. Katie Williams in sixth in 18:44.2; So. Elena Kamas was next in 11th place in 19:07.8.  Rounding out the other team places were: So. Jillian O’Brien was 20th in 19:47.1; So. Rebecca Hasser in 19:47.9; Fr. Sammy Lieberman 32nd in 20:18.1; and Sr. Nicole Aufricht finishing in 33rd place with 20:18.1.
The Varsity Boys, seeking to join their female counterparts to the State meet, had to battle all the way to finish to secure their spot with a third place team finish with 88 points. The team title went to Bellarmine Prep with a score of 29 points, and second place went to Paly HS with 65 points. Sr. Chris Reed led … read more

First at SCVAL

     Yesterday will go down as one of the most exciting and memorable days in SCVAL League cross country history for your Mustangs. For the first time in 37 years, HHS boys and girls teams won both varsity titles. It was the first team title for the boys since 1987, that’s 28 years in waiting folks; and on the girls side, third title in five years (2011 & 2012). In addition, the  F/S Boys won the team title once again, VB B-team won the team title, and the JV Girls finished second. Overall, we competed in total five team titles races and walked away with four team titles and a second place.
      The Varsity Girls got the historic day rolling by taking first with 39 points in a scintillating new HHS Varsity team time of 1:34:43.9 mins, erasing the old mark of 1:35:03.6 mins set just last year. This time now moves them #26 on the Crystal Springs fable cross country course all-time list. Sophomore Elena Kamas, won the individual title in a new school record of 17:47.4, a PR (personal record) by 21 secs, and erased the old school record of 17:48 that was set 38 years ago by the peerless harrier Joan Fox. Rounding out the other team finishers: Jr. Lindsay Allen third place 18:27.5; Fr. Katie Williams fifth 18:45.5; Sr. Nicole Aufricht 14th 19:47.5; So. Jillian O’Brien 16th 19:56.0; Fr. Sammy Lieberman 17th 20:10.8; and Jr. Caela Barnhart 23rd 20:29. 4.
       The Varsity Boys were next up, … read more