XC: Van Schendel nets top-5 result for Rams

Cate’s boys team placed fifth and the girls team sixth at the first TVCA meet of the season on Thursday at Camino Real Park in Ventura.

Van Schendel’s fourth-place result came with a time of 16:01 on the three-mile course. Cate’s next four runners were separated by only 29 seconds, with Jack Pruitt in 30th (18:58), Rei Imada in 32nd (18:04), Henry Walsh in 33rd (18:12) and Francesco Duffy-Boscagli in 38th (18:27).

The girls team was one point behind Thacher, coming very close to beating their rival. Charlotte Monke (13th place) and Isabela Montes de Oca (14th) were the fastest for Cate in a time of 20:06 and 20:07, respectively.

Cate hosts San Marcos next Wednesday.