The Palo Alto boys cross country team won the first heat of the varsity race and Paly's Elizabeth Fetter won the individual title of the girls first heat at the San Francisco Invitational, hosted by Lowell, at Golden Gate Park on Saturday.
Sophomore Grant Morgenfeld finished third in a time of 14:26.8 for the Vikings. Teammate Mateo Fesslmeier placed 14th in 15:06.3. Other Paly scorers included Eoin O'Connell (15:06.7) in 16th, James Miller (15:10.7) and Kenji Tella (15:15) in 21st.
Paly's No. 6 runner John Bard went 15:20.2 and finished in 23rd. John Miller raced 15:42.1 for a 41st place finish.
Menlo School's Justin Pretre ran ninth overall, with a time of 14:49.7. The Knights were 12th as a team. Gunn placed 10th and Menlo-Atherton was 14th.
Jake Seley was Gunn's top runner, placing 27th in 15:27.4 and Aidan Doherty led M-A with his 31st place finish in 15:31.3.
Woodside was sixth in the second varsity heat. Los Altos placed 10th and Sacred Heart Prep was 24th.
Mountain View's Emmanuel LeBlond ran second in the individual race, completing the course in 14:10.4. Ethan Brooks led Woodside with a 13th place finish in 14:33.6.
MV's Nicholas Trepanier was 15th in 14:44.8, while Maximilian Hodendorf and Nayan Smuek placed 18th and 19th, respectively.
Joseph Falkenburg was Los Altos top runner in 48th.
On the girls side, Castilleja, Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep and Gunn each placed among the top eight of the first heat, with Castilleja in third (136), Paly (157) in fourth, SHP (174) in fifth and Gunn (209) in eighth.
Fetter, who was timed in 16:36.5, was joined in the top eight by teammate Hillary Studdert, fifth in 17:34.2, and the Castilleja duo of Perry McElhinney in fourth with a 17:21.9 and Samira Kennedy in eighth with a 17:48.0.
Castilleja's Daniela Henderson was 15th in 18:27.0 and Gunn's Lauren Lee placed 20th in 18:43.7.
In the second, and faster, heat, Woodside's Ella Marsyla placed fourth with a time of 16:44.6. Los Altos runner Fiona Bodkin was 12th in 17:21.9.
In the shorter girls frosh-soph 1 race, Palo Alto's Kinga Czajkowska won the individual title in 13:35.4, M-A's Tatum Olesen won the frosh-soph 2 race in 13:43.5 and Los Altos' Ella Fadil won the full length junior varsity race in 18.21.6.