Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - May 23, 2014

PREP TRACK & FIELD

Gunn, Menlo

girls hope to

repeat history

by Keith Peters

The CIF State Track and Field Championships in 2005 was a special one for the local area as Gunn's Tori Tyler and Menlo School's Libby Jenke ran off with victories. Tyler won the girls' 3,200 in 10:38.90 and Jenke took the girls' 800 in 2:10.39.

Since then, no local runner or jumper has won a state title. But, that could change in a few weeks.

Not only are there two local girls with legitimate shots at winning, but both are from the same schools that produced the previous titles.

Gunn senior Sarah Robinson hopes to follow in Tyler's footsteps while Menlo School senior Maddy Price eyes a similar feat that Jenke produced.

Both Robinson and Price are two meets away from putting themselves in a position to replicate local history. First up is Saturday's Central Coast Section trials at San Jose City College at 2 p.m. The CCS finals follow on May 30.

For the past two weeks, Robinson has turned in a remarkable distance triple — winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the SCVAL De Anza Division Championships and again at the SCVAL Championship Meet. While she was expected to drop one event for the CCS trials, that's not the case.

"Well, the plan as of today is to run all three this week," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer, "and then we will almost definitely drop one, and probably the 800. But, too soon to say for sure."

Robinson ranks No. 3 in the state in the 1,600 (4:17.10 converted), No. 5 in the 3,200 (10:16.98) and No. 6 in the 800 (2:11.09).

Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley is the state leader in the 800 (2:08.84) and 1,600 (4:41.16) and ranks No. 2 in the 3,200 (10:04.81). Maxwell, however, has dropped the 3,200 in favor of the two shorter races but won't be running in the same heats as Robinson.

At the SCVAL Championship Meet last Friday at Santa Clara High, Robinson set meet records in the 800 (2:13.58) and 3,200 (10:40.13) in addition to winning the 1,600 in 4:57.45. Gunn sophomore Maya Miklos set a meet and school record of 42.74 while winning the 300 hurdles, moving to No. 8 in the state. Gunn senior Adriana Noronha won the shot put and discus to help the Titans score 106 points, good for second behind the 145 scored by Los Gatos.

Price, meanwhile, has dropped the 100 after winning that race in 12.05 plus the 200 (24.86) and 400 (56.21) in addition to taking third in the shot put. That helped the Knights score 98 points and take second at the West Bay Athletic League Championships.

Said Menlo coach Jorge Chen on dropping the 100: "Just sticking with her goals . . . 400m state champ being one of them."

Price swept the 200 and 400 at the CCS trials last year and is favored to do so again Saturday. She is also the defending champ in both races at the CCS finals. She currently remains No. 2 in the state in the 400 at 53.43, but is not among the top 10 in the 200.

The Palo Alto boys also should have an impact this week and next with their standout sprint crew. Despite finishing second to Los Gatos by 10 points last week, the Vikings swept the relays and took the 100 (Eli Givens, 10.93), 200 (Nick Sullivan, 21.72w) and 400 (Sullivan, 49.46) with Givens adding a windy 21.77 for second in the 200.

At other league meets last weekend, the Menlo-Atherton girls and Sacred Hear Prep boys ran away with team titles.

The M-A girls became champs for the third time in four years at the Peninsula Athletic League finals on a windy and cool day at Terra Nova High in Pacifica. The Bears scored 143 points to easily out-distance runner-up Mills (76).

M-A dominated the distance events as sophomore Annalisa Crowe won the 800 (2:19.91) and 1,600 (5:17.37) and senior Taylor Fortnam won the 3,200 (11:48.93) and finished second in the 1,600 (5:19.13) to rank fifth in school history. Cat DePuy was second and Madeleine Baier third in the 800. Baier was also fourth in the 1,600 and 3,200.

The Bears also won the 400 relay in a season best of 50.47 and took the 1,600 relay in 4:05.54. Kathryn Mohr ran on the 400 relay, won the 100 and took the pole vault. Anne Harrier was second in both the 200 and 400 and ran on the winning 1,600 relay. Freshman Kalina Zanelli won the high jump at 4-10.

Twelve M-A girls earned all-league honors by finishing among the top six while six boys also earned all-league.

Deverick Meacham won the long jump last weekend before winning the 100 on Saturday. Zach Plante finished second in both the 200 (22.70) and 400, running a personal best of 49.09 in the metric quarter mile to remain No. 2 in school history. Adam Scandlyn finished second in the 800.

Meacham, Scandlyn, Plante and Kevin Conrad teamed to win the 1,600 relay for a third straight year with a 3:29.00.

At the WBAL Championships at Gunn High, the SHP boys scored 159 points to win the team title. Priory was fifth with 26 and Menlo School sixth with 23.

SHP senior Ricky Grau won the 110 high hurdles in 15.13, took the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.06 and finished second in the 400. Teammate Griffin Kraemer won the 100 (11.41) and was second in the 200 (22.87). Wyatt Welch and Paul Westcott went one-two in the shot put.

SHP's Daniel Hill won the 3,200 (9:57.90) and was second in the 1,600 to Priory's Ross Corey (4:31.41), who also won the 800 in 1:58.86.

Menlo was led by Paul Tuoma, who set a meet record in the triple jump with a season best of 46-3 1/2. He also won the long jump at 21-0 1/2.

Menlo's Mackenzie Duffner ran a leg on the winning 400 relay team (50.68) and took second in both hurdles. Ali Myers was second in the pole vault after just recently attempting the event.

Pinewood's Chloe Eackles took the high jump at 5-2 while teammate Nicole Colonna was second in both the 1,600 (5:11.91) and 800 (2:26.40). Eastside Prep senior Makiya Francis was second in the triple jump (33-10 1/2) and long jump (15-10 1/4).

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