Gunn senior Sarah Robinson missed out on an opportunity to be a part of history last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet when four girls run under 10:05 in the 3,200 for the first time.
Despite having no one to push her -- Robinson won by nearly 41 seconds -- she ripped off a personal best of 10:16.98 to shatter the meet record of 10:26.20 by Mary Mendoza of Presentation in 1987.
Robinson's time also lowered her own school record of 10:26.65 from the 2013 CIF State Meet, moved her to No. 5 in the state this year and to No. 5 all-time in CCS history. And Robinson isn't even finished with her dual-meet season.
So, how much does Robinson have left in the tank this season?
"Hard to say," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer, who made a name for herself on the track as a Stanford All-American and U.S. Olympian. "Good conditions, well-prepared, no real stress (obvious she was going to win). But she looked awesome, and seemed like she had more. Amazing, no matter what."
The only CCS runner faster than Robinson this season is Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley. She clocked 10:04.81 -- last weekend at Arcadia. Had Robinson been in that race, well, who knows?
Robinson's effort helped the Gunn girls finish third overall with 38 points, trailing Los Gatos (76) and Valley Christian (39) while finishing ahead of Piedmont Hills (35). All four teams should compete for CCS honors next month on the same track.
Contributing to Gunn's efforts:
Sophomore Gillian Meeks was second in the 1,600 in 5:00.86, just off her personal best; sophomore Robin Peter was second in the 100 hurdles (15.51) and sixth in the 100 with a PR of 12.47; sophomore Maya Miklos was fourth in the 300 hurdles with a school record of 43.37; senior Adriana Noronha was third in the shot put at 37-1 after failing to get a mark in the discus and the Titans' 1,600 relay was sixth in 4:06.52, a season best.
Elsewhere for the girls, Menlo School senior Maddy Price showed her speed in the 100 where she tied for first with Greta Wagner of Los Gatos as both clocked 11.94. It was a personal best for Price, who ranks No. 2 in the nation in the 400 meters.
Price didn't run the 400 on Friday, but took on the 300 hurdles for only the second time in her life and clocked a school record of 43.00 while finishing third.
Menlo-Atherton was led by sophomore Annalisa Crowe, who was third in the 800 (2:17.08), eighth in the 1,600 (5:10.90, No. 3 in school history) and ran a leg on the 1,600 relay that finished third in a season best of 4:03.48 (No. 6 in school history) to move among the top five in CCS this year.
For the boys, Menlo-Atherton senior Zach Plante was second in the 400 in a personal best of 49.20 that ranks No. 2 in school history, finished third in the 200 in 22.35, another PR, and ran legs on the 1,600 relay that clocked a season best of 3:26.84 and the 400 relay. Team members on the 4x400 included Deverick Meacham, Kevin Conrad, and Adam Scandlyn.
Meacham was second in the long jump with a season best of 21-8 in addition to running on the 400 relay team that finished fourth in 43.64, another season best. Team members included Anders Ward and Joel Reynada. Scandlyn was fourth in the 1,600 in 4:23.37, a personal best and No. 5 in school history as the Bears finished fourth in the team standings. Scandlyn also ran 2:00.00 in the 800, fastest in family history.
Sacred Heart Prep's Ricky Grau was third in the 110 high hurdles in 14.92, Menlo School's Paul Tuoma was fourth in the triple jump with a 43-4 leap, Priory's Ross Corey was fifth in the 800 in 1:58.38 and Gunn's Sean Lydster had a season best of 11.19 while taking sixth in the 100.
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