Winning three events in one meet is nothing new for Gunn senior Sarah Robinson. She did it last week on a hot day in Los Gatos during a loss to the Wildcats. That setback cost Gunn the dual-meet title in the SCVAL De Anza Division.
Robinson got a second chance at Los Gatos on Thursday at the SCVAL De Anza Division Track and Field Championships. Once again she ran three events and won all three. Once again the Titans fell to the Wildcats, who won the title with 142 points and, with it, the overall league crown.
Gunn was second with 133 points as Robinson put on one of the finest distance displays in league history.
She opened with a 4:58.14 victory in the 1,600, a rather pedestrian time for her. But, she had to conserve her energy for two more races.
"The plan was for a hard 800 and the rest was for points," explained Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. "Sarah had a great day."
Robinson ran even splits in the 800 and won by more than eight seconds in 2:11.09. That broke the meet record of 2:15.81 by Paly's Mia Lattanzi in 2008 and eclipsed the Gunn record of 2:11.36 by Kieran Gallagher in 2010. The time ranks Robinson No. 5 in the state this season.
Robinson closed out her record-breaking day by winning the 3,200 in 10:42.94. That broke the mark of 10:49.50 set by Gunn's Tori Tyler in 2005. Robinson holds the school mark with a 10:16.98 run earlier this year. Thus, she owns school marks in all three events.
Despite Robinson's effort, the Gunn girls just missed overtaking favored Los Gatos.
"We almost pulled it off (again)," Plumer said. "Otherwise, great day!"
Gunn sophomore Maya Miklos lowered her own school record and broke the meet record with a 42.87 victory in the 300 hurdles. That ranks Miklos No. 9 in the state and No. 3 in the CCS. Miklos also was third in the 100 hurdles with a personal best of 15.34 and ran a leg on Gunn's third-place 1,600 relay team.
The Titans, however, had some handoff problems in the opening 400 relay and would up fifth despite a solid anchor leg by Miklos. Los Gatos won with a meet record of 47.89 with Palo Alto second in 49.42.
Gunn senior Adriana Noronha had a pair of personal bests while winning the shot put (39-9) and discus (125-8). Teammates Jenae Pennywell (12.60) and Robin Peter (12.65) were second and third, respectively, in the 100; sophomore Gillian Meeks took second in the 1,600 (5:06.15); and freshman Lindsay Maggioncalda added a second in the discus (109-10) and third
in the shot put (34-7) for added points.
Palo Alto's lone victory came from Anna Dukovic in the high jump at 5-0.
In the boys' meet, defending champion Palo Alto was solid in the sprints but came up short in the field events and scored 86 points to finish third behind Los Gatos (100) and Los Altos (95). Gunn was fourth with 68 points.
Palo Alto performed well where expected. In the 400 relay, the Vikings won in 43.38 despite a slow start. Eli Givens turned in a great second leg to put Paly in position to win. Gunn was second in 44.16.
Senior Nick Sullivan, who anchored the relay, came back to win the 400 in a season-best 49.14 and edged Givens in the 200, 22.12 to 22.13. Givens took the 100 in 10.90, an event where he leads the CCS at 10.77.
The Vikings also took the 1,600 relay with a season best of 3:26.05 with the foursome of Tommy Vonghom, Dami Bolarinwa, Givens and Sullivan.
Gunn got a victory in the discus from Aron Sarmasi at 138-0 while teammate Tommy Farley took the shot put at 45-3, with teammate Frederick Li second at 44-8 ½. Senior Sean Lydster added a pair of thirds in the 100 (11.28) and 300 intermediate hurdles (40.39).
Next up for the Palo Alto and Gunn teams will be the SCVAL Qualifier next Friday night at Santa Clara High.