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NCS halts cross country championships midway through meet

Football is no longer the only sport in the North Coast Section that is using alternative means to determine qualifiers for California Interscholastic Federation events.
The NCS is also having to go to unusual lengths in cross country to decide which teams and individual runners can participate in Saturday’s state championships.
The NCS was only able to complete five of 10 cross country championship races at Hayward High School on Tuesday because of poor air quality in the region, and a committee on Tuesday evening was going to determine which teams and individuals in the five affected divisions will advance to the state meet.

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The Division III boys race began at 10:10 a.m., but the competition was halted before the Division IV girls race could start at 10:35 a.m. Other races that had to be cancelled were in divisions III and V for girls and division IV and V for boys.
The NCS is allowed to send four boys and girls teams in Division III and three boys and girls teams in Division IV. In Division V, five boys teams and six girls teams can advance. The CIF championships are at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Before the meet was halted, several teams and individuals had noteworthy performances.

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De La Salle’s Connor Livingston had the day’s best time, running the 3.1-mile course in 14 minutes, 45.8 seconds to win the boys Division II race by nearly 14 seconds. Joshua White was second (14:59.3) for Granada, which won the team title with a score of 31.
Dublin’s Loic Scomparin won the Division I race in 14:53.7, as the Gaels had five of the top six runners to win the title with a team score of 18. Redwood’s Liam Anderson won the Division III boys race in 15:02.7, but Campolindo won the team title with 47 points, edging Maria Carrillo (56).
Granada’s Colleen McCandless had the fastest time in the two girls races that were completed, as she won the individual Division II title in 17:22.8. San Ramon Valley’s Kate Tavella (17:32.1) was second. Granada won the team title with a score of 31, ahead of San Ramon Valley (70) and Monte Vista (132).
Hope Bergmark helped Amador Valley win the girls Division I title, as she finished in 17:45.0. Teammate Derica Su was second in (18:27.0), as Amador Valley had five runners in the top 22 to finish with a score of 35. Dougherty Valley (43) was second and Dublin (77) was third.
The NCS cross country championships were originally supposed to be held Saturday, but the event was pushed back to Tuesday in the hopes air quality would improve.
The same issues have affected the NCS football playoffs, which have been on hold since air quality began to deteriorate nearly two weeks ago when smoke from the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County enveloped the Bay Area.
Because of the numerous postponements, football teams in Divisions II to V may be forced to use a coin flip to determine which school will get to play in a CIF Northern Regional playoff game.
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