It has been a highly successful track and field season for the Menlo-Atherton boys and girls, and it only can get better this week when the Bears take on host Terra Nova in PAL Bay Division dual-meet action.
Victories by both squads will give them 6-0 marks and the division's dual-meet titles. In fact, the Bears' frosh-soph squads also can wrap up unbeaten seasons this week.
All four were busy this past weekend at the annual Serra Top 7 Invitational on a cold and windy Saturday in San Mateo. The M-A varsity girls came away with the team title as it scored 98.50 points while the boys were fifth with 31.
The Sacred Heart Prep boys, meanwhile, finished third with 58 points.
M-A sophomore Annalisa Crowe had herself yet another busy and productive day as she won the girls 800 in 2:21.60, finished second in the 1,600 with a 5:14.15 and anchored the 1,600 relay team to a second-place finish of 4:08.72.
Kathryn Mohr won the girls pole vault at 11 feet, finished third in the 100 (12.15) and ran a leg on the second-place 400 relay team that clocked 51.13.
M-A freshman Kalina Zanelli won the high jump at 4-10, the Bears' Jordan Olesen was second in the 400 in 1:00.87, and teammate Megan Kurtz was second in the long jump (14-9).
For the M-A boys, senior Zach Plante tied for first in the 400 in 49.36, took second in the 200 in 22.88 into a 2.5 meters-per-second headwind, and ran a leg on the second-place 400 relay team that clocked 44.21.
The Sacred Heart Prep boys were led by senior Ricky Grau, who won the 110 high hurdles (16.35) into a strong headwind, won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.98 and ran a leg on the 400 relay team that finished third in 44.35.
SHP junior Ben Burr-Kirven was second in the 100 in 11.52 while fellow junior Daniel Hill finished second in the 3,200 in a school record of 9:46.00, the 1,600 relay team was third in 3:37.98 and Connor Cody was third in the high hurdles.
In other events, Gunn senior Adriana Noronha won the girls shot put and discus with marks of 38-0 and 115-8 1/2, respectively.
Menlo-Atherton rallied to force extra innings, but a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth allowed host Carlmont to score the game-winner as the Scots edged the Bears, 3-2, Saturday in a game that had been rained out Friday.
The defeat dropped M-A (5-3, 13-8) into a second-place tie with Carlmont (5-3, 12-9-1) in the PAL Bay Division standings, one game behind Terra Nova (6-2). Sacred Heart Prep (4-4) and Menlo (4-4) are two games off the lead, with Half Moon Bay (2-5) and Burlingame (1-6) occupying sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Trailing 2-0, M-A scored solo runs in the sixth and seventh to send the game into extra innings. The Bears threatened to take the lead in the top of the eighth, but stranded two base runners.
In the bottom of the 8th, Carlmont's Kyle Barret led off with a single to left, advanced to second on a passed ball, took third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild pitch by M-A's Erik Amundson. Amundson (6-3) had entered the contest in the top of the eighth in relief of starting pitcher Matt McGarry, who allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits over the first seven innings, striking out seven and walking three.
M-A outhit Carlmont 7-6, led by Brett Moriarty (double, single) and Leo McCabe (two singles). Lawson Joos, Jordan Long (double), and AJ Lemons (RBI single) also had hits for the Bears.
M-A failed to take advantage of several opportunities throughout the contest, leaving 12 runners on base.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto (7-5, 11-12) lost its second straight extra-inning game to first-place Los Gatos as the Vikings were edged, 4-3, in eight innings on Saturday. The game was rescheduled after being rained out Friday. For the Vikings, it was their fourth straight loss.
Sacred Heart Prep took a break from the SCVAL De Anza Division season and saw its five-game win streak end in a 12-11 nonleague loss to visiting Bellarmine. The Gators (10-4) held a 9-7 halftime lead, but couldn't hold it against the Bells.
Sean Mayle led SHP with four goals and one assist. Frankie Hattler finished with two goals and two assists while Brian White added two goals and one assist. Noah Kawasaki, Frank Bell and Will Kremer all tallied once while Jack Wise had 11 saves in goal.