Dublin Gaels Cross Country 2008


Kaehms Varsity Girls Winner; Frosh/Soph Girls Win Meet

DFAL Meet vs. Acalanes & Dougherty Valley

Shadow Cliffs Park, Pleasanton

October 1, 2008

Continuing to gain ground in the tough Diablo Foothill Athletic League, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team had a very successful day versus Acalanes and Dougherty Valley at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton.  For the second week in a row, the girls had an individual winner and added a team win as well.  After running such a tough stretch in their schedule with two races in five days, the Gaels have jumpstarted their improvements again, this time with everyone improving from last weeks race by well over one minute.  Five more Gaels ran in their first race ever.


The Frosh/Soph Girls Team set the tone for the day with a dominating team performance.  They were led by a 2-3-4-5 finish by sophomores Shelby Nickles (2nd – 13:08), Nadia Saenz (3rd – 13:09) and Ariel Graykowski (4th – 13:57) and freshman Joanna Giron (5th – 13:58).  The team swept both Acalanes and Dougherty Valley for their first team win of the year, which also got major contributions from freshman Shirley Chen (16:46) and sophomore Hanna Choi (16:47), who were running in their first races ever.  Freshman Jennifer Vazquez (19:34) shaved of over four minutes from her mile pace from the previous week.  In the frosh/soph boys race, sophomore Alex Nolan stayed hot with his third straight top five finish, taking 3rd in 11:17.  Classmate Hieu Ngo (8th – 12:27) enjoyed his first top ten finish while fellow sophomores David Margulis (12:52), Eric Yun (13:07) and Govind Rai (14:29) ran in their first races for the Gaels.  Freshman Ian Anderson improved his mile pace by over a minute and a half in just his second race of the year.  Senior Jennifer Kaehms (20:03) won her first race of the season, absolutely crushing the field by over two minutes in the 3.0 miles version of the course.

DFAL 10-1 Results    Complete Results    DFAL 10-1 Pictures

Nickles Frosh/Soph Winner; 6 Gaels Finish Top 10

DFAL Meet vs. Dougherty Valley, Las Lomas & Miramonte

Hidden Valley Park, Martinez

September 24, 2008

In their second race in five days on a very hard course, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team ran tough on a hot day at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez against two of the best teams in Northern California. Las Lomas is ranked 3rd in North Coast Section Division 3 while the Miramonte girls team is ranked 10th in the state in D3.  Even against these great teams, the Gaels were still able to manage to have a winner and 5 others finish in the top 10.  To top it off, 7 Gaels ran in their first race ever.


Picking up where she left off this past weekend while medaling at the Farmer Invitational, sophomore Shelby Nickles (14:02) won her first race in what looks to be a bright and blossoming career.  Freshman newcomer Joanna Giron (15:00) was not far behind with a 2nd place finish in her first race ever.  Also placing well for the Frosh/Soph Girls Team was sophomore Nadia Saenz (10th – 16:04), which also featured three freshman girls running in their first races for the Gaels – Corrine Wolter (23:25), Rosa Hur (24:54) and Jennifer Vazquez (28:32).  The Frosh/Soph Boys Team were led by sophomore Alex Nolan (4th – 12:13) while fellow classmate David Hoff (16:00) and freshmen Chris Timm (13:29) and Ian Anderson (16:45) ran in their first races.  Seniors Jennifer Kaehms (3rd – 21:36) and Phillip Saenz (6th – 17:46) both ran well in the varsity races, even though Saenz was up all night with his crying baby and had to take care of the baby during the meet.

DFAL 9-24 Results    Complete Results    DFAL 9-24 Pictures

Kaehms, Nickles & Nolan Medal; Improvement Continues

Farmer Cross Country Invitational

Hayward High School, Hayward

September 20, 2008

For the second week in a row, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team continued to make improvements in leaps and bounds.  Running at the Farmer Cross Country Invitational at Hayward High School against over 20 high schools, the Gaels had 3 individuals medal, 2 people run in their first races ever, and shaved off an average of nearly 40 seconds of their mile paces from just a week prior!


Sophomore Shelby Nickles got the day started off in grand fashion, medaling in 5th place with a fine time of 13:00 over the 2-mile course in the Frosh/Soph Girls race..  In the Frosh/Soph Boys race, sophomore Alex Nolan brought home the 2nd medal for the Gaels, finishing in 7th place in 11:30.  Fellow classmate Hieu Ngo (13:17) ran his best mile pace of the year, improving it by over a minute and a half from the scrimmage on September 5 while freshman Matthew Sy (14:38) ran in his first race ever.  Senior Jennifer Kaehms kept the medal streak going with her 12th place finish in 20:18 over the 3-mile course in the Varsity Girls race while junior Jaclyn Liu ran her best mile pace of the season by nearly 3 minutes!  In the Varsity Boys Race, senior Phillip Saenz (17:25) was three places away from his first medal of the year while classmate Ryan Riller (23:59) ran in his first race ever.

Farmer Results    Complete Results    Farmer Pictures

Everyone Shows Improvement; N. Saenz & Nickles Finish Top 25

Ed Sias Cross Country Invitational

Hidden Valley Park, Martinez

September 13, 2008

Running in their first official race of the season, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team showed major improvements from a scrimmage just a week ago.  The Ed Sias Cross Country Invitational featured over 40 high schools from around the state and had nearly 2000 runners compete.  With the average improvement of their mile paces by 45 seconds and two runners finishing in the top 25, the Gaels are really looking forward to a successful season.


In the Frosh Soph Boys Race, sophomore Jacob Liebler (15:24.7) shaved off nearly a minute and a half from his mile pace at a scrimmage just eight days prior.  Fellow classmates Nadia Saenz (20th – 14:07.7) and Shelby Nickles (21st – 14:12.6) enjoyed top 25 finishes in the highly competitive Frosh Soph Girls Race, with Nickles improving her mile pace by over a minute.

Ed Sias Results    Complete Ed Sias Results    Ed Sias Pictures

Nolan Novice Boys Winner; 4 Girls Finish Top 5

Scrimmage vs. Alameda, Oakland High, Piedmont & Skyline

Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland

September 5, 2008

In their seasonal debut, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team showed great promise and ability in their first race of the year.  Competing against four other well known and talented programs in Northern California, five Gaels finished in the top 10 with one of them winning their race!


In the Novice Girls Race, sophomores Nadia Saenz (3rd – 15:08), Shelby Nickles (4th – 16:18) and Ariel Graykowski (5th – 16:18) led a strong 3-4-5 showing for the Gaels, with Nickles and Graykowski running in their first cross country race ever!  Returning juniors Deanna Hong (18:55) and Jaclyn Liu (23:57) and newcomer junior Annie Kim (27:12) rounded out the team.  Sophomore Alex Nolan had a smashing debut in his first race of the season, winning with a fine time of 12:50 in the Novice Boys Race.  Running in their first races ever for the Gaels in this race were seniors Kyle Johnson (17:01) and Michael Rose (14:42), junior Shawn Hampton (19:48), sophomores Jake Liebler (18:20), Hieu Ngo (16:29) and Austin Thomas (20:18), and freshman Peter Green (17:31).  In the Varsity Girls Race, senior Jennifer Kaehms was involved in a very tough battle for the win and settled for a fantastic 2nd place finish, running 13:52 in the process.  Fellow senior Phillip Saenz ran the fastest time of the day for the Gaels, taking 11th and running 11:34 in a highly competitive Varsity Boys Race.

Scrimmage 9/5 Results    Scrimmage 9/5 Pictures

Kaehms Varsity Girls Winner Again; F/S & JV Boys Major Improvement

DFAL Meet vs. Alhambra & Dougherty Valley

Martinez Marina, Martinez

October 15, 2008

Debuting their brand new uniforms and complete varsity teams for the first time this season, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team continues to improve at each race, this time versus Alhambra and Dougherty Valley at the Martinez Marina in Martinez.  For the second consecutive race, the Varsity Girls Team featured an individual winner while the entire Frosh/Soph and Junior Varsity Boys Team improved their mile paces from just two weeks prior.  This was also the first race for two Gaels.


It doesn’t seem to matter if the course is marked correctly or not, senior Jennifer Kaehms is going to find a way to win.  She won her second consecutive race, running a very fine 19:13 over the 3-mile course and her best mile pace of the season.  The Varsity Boys Team was paced by senior Phillip Saenz, who is inching closer to his first win each week, this time taking 2nd in 16:42 and his best mile pace of the year.  The Frosh/Soph and Junior Varsity Boys Team took advantage of their 2-mile course, each blazing to major improvements from their previous races.  Senior Kyle Johnson (12:35) would not be denied his opportunity to move up pace groups, improving his mile pace by over a full minute!  Sophomore Thomas Butler (16:13) ran in his first race for the Gaels.  In the Frosh/Soph and Junior Varsity Girls race, junior Jaclyn Liu (15:22) improved her mile pace by over two minutes from two weeks ago while freshman Hannah Villanueva (17:43) ran in her first race ever.

DFAL 10-15 Results    DFAL 10-15 Pictures

10 Top 10 Finishes; Varsity Girls Look Strong

DFAL Meet vs. Campolindo & Dougherty Valley

Dublin High School, Dublin

October 29, 2008

Hosting their first race ever at their school, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team were great hosts and nearly played the role as spoilers against Campolindo and Dougherty Valley.  The Gaels had ten top 10 finishers, including a surprising five for the Varsity Girls Team against one of the best teams in the state.


Racing against a Campolindo team whose girls have been ranked in the top 10 in the state all year, the Varsity Girls Team gave them everything they could handle.  Senior Jennifer Kaehms led the way with her fourth consecutive top 3 finish, taking 3rd with a fine time of 19:02.  What surprised everyone (except Coach) was how well the rest of the team did running in only their 2nd varsity race ever!  Sophomores Shelby Nickles (5th – 19:34), Ariel Graykowski (7th – 20:20) and Nadia Saenz (10th – 21:08) and freshman Joanna Giron (8th – 20:41) all finished in the top 10 and are continuing to show that they will be a force to be reckoned with come championship season.  Senior Phillip Saenz took 12th running a very swift 16:22 against the 2nd best team in the state in the Varsity Boys Race.  Freshman Shirley Chen (7th – 15:31) led four Dublin girls in the top 10 in the Frosh/Soph Girls Race.  Rounding out those top 10 girls were classmates Jennifer Vazquez (8th – 16:55), Corrine Wolter (17:23) and Hannah Villanueva (18:01).  Sophomore Alex Nolan nearly brought home his first league win of the season, taking a close second in 10:44 in the Frosh/Soph Boys Race.

DFAL 10-29 Results    DFAL 10-29 Pictures

Kaehms & Nickles 1st Team All-DFAL,

N. Saenz & Graykowski 2nd Team

2008 DFAL Championships

Hidden Valley Park, Martinez

November 8, 2008

In what is turning out to be a very historic season, the Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team sent shockwaves through the rest of the league at the Diablo Foothill Athletic League Championships at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez.  The Varsity Girls Team gets hotter by the week, taking 4th place while missing 2nd place by only 5 points!  The team also featured 4 girls making the All-DFAL team.  What was very impressive was the fact that every runner improved their mile paces from their two previous races at Hidden Valley Park (9/13 and 9/24) when all the pressure was on the line.


As league champion Campolindo found out a week earlier, the DFAL was put on notice that the Dublin Gaels Varsity Girls Team is for real.  Taking 4th place in the super competitive DFAL is very good, but more astounding than that is only two points ahead of them was Las Lomas, who is currently ranked 3rd in the North Coast Section Division 3.  They were led by 1st Team All-DFAL members senior Jennifer Kaehms (9th – 20:35.3) and sophomore Shelby Nickles (10th – 20:37.2) followed by 2nd Team All-DFAL members sophomores Nadia Saenz (12th – 20:47.6) and Ariel Graykowski (19th – 21:10.2).  Gutting it out on a sprained ankle was freshman Joanna Giron (21:50.9), who continues to close the gap making this team very lethal.  Freshman Shirley Chen (25:10.9) and juniors Deanna Hong (27:06) and Jaclyn Liu (28:11.4) rounded out this amazing performance.  The Frosh Soph Boys Team took 6th place and only was 4 points behind Miramonte, which beat us by 23 in a dual meet format a little over a month ago.  Sophomore Alex Nolan (11th – 11:53.4) set the tone for a great showing for the young Gaels.  Freshman Jennifer Vazquez improved her mile pace by over 5 minutes from her race on 9/24 while junior Shawn Hampton saved his best race of the year for last as he improved his pace by nearly 2 minutes!

DFAL Championships Results

DFAL Championships Pictures

Girls Best Finish in School History; Nickles Sets School Record

2008 North Coast Section Championships

Hayward High School, Hayward

November 22, 2008

The Dublin Gaels Cross Country Team capped off their fantastic season with another historic performance at the North Coast Section Championships at Hayward High School in Hayward.  With state championship berths on the line, the Gaels stepped up and gave the best performance in school history for the girls while many of the boys found themselves on the school all-time lists.  A total of three school records fell!


The girls team had the greatest team performance in school history.  They had the highest placing (9th) and fastest team time (1:43:26), which was over 12 minutes faster than any team in Dublin history!  Sophomore Shelby Nickles became the first Gael to break 20 minutes on the Hayward High School course, taking 23rd with a new school and sophomore record time 19:52.  Not far behind was senior Jennifer Kaehms, who set the senior record with her 20:27 (#3 All-Time) performance.  Rounding out this historic team were junior Deanna Hong (25:26 - #4 Junior), sophomores Nadia Seanz (21:05 - #5 AT & #3 Sophomore) and Ariel Graykowski (21:13 - #6 AT & #4 Sophomore), and freshmen Joanna Giron (20:49 - #4 AT & #2 Freshman) and Shirley Chen (24:19 - #6 Freshman).  The boys also made a mark on the all-time lists, with five members etching their names into the record books.  Their team time of 1:32:54 was good for the 5th best performance in Dublin history and were led by sophomore Alex Nolan (17:48 - #6 Sophomore) and senior Phillip Saenz (17:59 - #10 Senior).

NCS Results    NCS Pictures