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Viking Magazine

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Cross Country 2023 Season Recap

As the cross country season comes to a close, senior Grant Morgenfeld and sophomore Amaya Bharadwaj prepare to race in state finals.
Photo by Malcolm Slaney

The CCS Finals marked the end of the cross-country season for most of the team. The girls placed fourth overall, and the boys placed sixth overall. Even so, sophomore Amaya Bharadwaj and senior Grant Morgenfeld both qualified for the CIF State Championship race.

“I wish the team was going to states, but either way I’m happy with how the season went, and I’m excited to run in states again”, Morgenfeld said.

Morgenfeld dominated the season, with first-place finishes in the CCS Championship, all four SCVAL races, and the Paly vs. Gunn meet. With this, Morgenfeld has solidified himself as one of Paly’s all-time fastest runners. 

Additionally, Bharadwaj had a very strong season. She placed third in the CCS championships and won the SCVAL Finals as well as the Paly vs. Gunn meet. Only a sophomore, Bharadwaj will continue the legacy of Paly girls cross country set by Elizabeth Fetter (’23) and Hillary Studdert (’23)

Despite the dominance of Morgenfeld and Bharadwaj, injuries to other top runners hurt the overall placement of both teams. Junior Tristan Kippes, who placed third overall in the first and second SCVAL races, hurt his knee during a race, ending his season. Additionally, Junior Kinga Czajkowska’s season was cut short by a stress fracture. She won both the first and second SCVAL races and placed 16th overall at the Clovis Invitational in Fresno.

“Tristan’s injury really hurt us as a team because he’s our second fastest runner”, senior Tony Mckenna said. “I know how hard he works, and I feel bad for him that he won’t be able to race in the states because he deserves it”.

As the season comes to a close for everyone besides Morgenfeld and Bharadwaj, the rest of the team is taking a short break before their training for the Track and Field season begins. The CIF State Championship race is on Saturday, November 25 at Woodward Park in Fresno.

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About the Contributors
Beau Revenaugh, Managing Editor
Hi, my name is Beau Revenaugh and I am the managing editor of Viking Magazine. I play Varsity Football and am a Captain of Varsity Lacrosse. I love sports, as well as backpacking and camping. I am a big fan of Stanford Football and the 49ers.
Katie Yen, Business Manager
Hey y'all! My name is Katie Yen and this is my third and final year on Viking Magazine! This year I am business manager of the publication and am super excited for this year. A story that has always stayed with me was my story on Athlete Burnout. It was super fun and interesting to hear from Paly athletes about this topic. Fun fact: I am really good at pickle ball!

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