San Ramon Valley High's Christine Bayliss and Miramonte's Tyler Hanson proved Saturday that a cross country runner doesn't have to sprint immediately to the front of a race to win it.
Bayliss and Hanson both made major moves in the final two miles to win their respective 3.1 mile races at the Stanford Invitational.
Bayliss, a sophomore, battled with Monte Vista freshman Brooke Starn through the first mile of the Division I girls race, as both runners passed the one-mile mark in 5 minutes, 44 seconds. But Bayliss opened up a 16-second lead by the second mile and won by 22 seconds at the Stanford Golf Course with a time of 18:28. Starn was second.
"I tried to pick up the pace in the second mile, because I knew there is where I wanted to make my move," said Bayliss, who won the Division II girls race last year.
Hanson broke away from a lead group of four with approximately 250 meters remaining to win the Division III boys race in 15:44. He was fourth at the two-mile mark, seven seconds behind the leader.
"I honestly did not think I had the race until the last bend (of the course)," Hanson said. "From two miles to two-and-a-half miles, I was in the pain cave."
De La Salle's Blair Hurlock had the fastest East Bay high school invitational time (15:23), finishing fifth in the seeded race.
"We ramped up our mileage a little bit this week, so I think I felt that a little bit," said Hurlock, who moved from eighth at the one-mile mark (4:52) to second at the two-mile mark (9:46). "I was just trying to keep up with the leader, but my legs kind of gave out on me."
Led by a sixth-place finish by Zach Hanze (16:11), San Ramon Valley won the Division I boys title with a score of 104.
High school football
Berean Christian 25, St. Mary's 21: Ethan Anderson scored on a 1-yard run with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the host Eagles went on to beat the Panthers in a Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division game.
Berean Christian (3-3, 2-0 TCAL Rock) took over at its own 32-yard line with 2:34 left. Quarterback Garrett Anderson went 4 for 5 on the drive, and with the help of two St. Mary's penalties, took the ball down to the Panthers' 13 with 51 seconds to go. Caleb Schwitters then ran for 12 yards before Ethan Anderson scored the go-ahead touchdown.
The Panthers (2-3, 0-1) got the ball back with 27 seconds to go and moved the ball to midfield, but that's where the drive stalled.
Schwitters finished 92 yards rushing on 17 carries, and Garrett Anderson threw for 128 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown to Aaron Alexander in the third quarter. For St. Mary's, running back Erik Phillip had 122 yards rushing and two first-half touchdowns.
-- Curtis Pashelka
Irvington 44, Mission San Jose 35: The Vikings scored two touchdowns in a 46-second span, including one on a 1-yard run by Randon Navarro, to overcome a late deficit and beat the Warriors in a Mission Valley Athletic League game at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
After the Warriors turned the ball over on downs, Irvington quarterback Jack Shank scored on a keeper from 45 yards out to put the game away for the Vikings, who finished with 326 yards on the ground.
Shank had 135 rushing yards with two scores and 66 passing yards. Ariel Hercik led the Vikings with 149 yards and a touchdown.
Trailing 35-32, the Vikings faced a fourth-and-8 from the Mission 14. Shank hit Chauncey Jones, where Jones was stopped a yard shy of the first down, giving the Warriors the ball with 2:53 remaining.
A fumbled snap was recovered by Hercik, giving Irvington the ball at the Warriors 4 and setting up Navarro's touchdown.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
Bishop O'Dowd 21, Arroyo 7: Bryce Grandison rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and Wayne Thomas intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, as the visiting Dragons (4-1) outlasted the Dons (2-3).
The game was tied 7-7 entering the fourth quarter. Both defenses played well, but it appeared Bishop O'Dowd wore down Arroyo on an 11-play, 80-yard drive that bridged the third and fourth quarters. Grandison finished it off on a 10-yard touchdown.
Later in the final quarter, Thomas picked off an Isaac Tapia pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown.
The Dragons held the Dons to 133 yards of offense and just six first downs. In the first half, Arroyo got a 29-yard touchdown pass from Tapia to Malcolm Hale, a recent transfer from Kennedy-Fremont, on its first series. That was the Dons only first down of the first half.
With Dominic Miroglio and Kevin King both injured, Chris Hagmaier started at quarterback for the Dragons and completed seven of 17 passes for 82 yards with one interception.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Diablo Valley 41, Merced 17: Quinn Kaehler completed 26 of 35 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings (2-3) past the host Blue Devils (2-3) in a nonconference game. Vince Ferrante had 113 yards rushing on 19 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run that gave DVC a 20-3 lead near the end of the first quarter.