Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 25, 2014

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price had the fourth-fastest qualifying time during the women's 400-meter prelims at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field on Wednesday. Price, who came into the meet with the 10th-fastest qualifying time, clocked 53.89 while finishing second in Heat 5 to advance to the semifinals on Thursday. The only runners faster than Price, who is competing for Canada, were Kendall Baisden of the United States (53.28), Gilda Casanova of Cuba (53.43), and Yana Glotova of Russia (53.61). Also advancing to the semifinals was incoming Stanford freshman Olivia Baker. She ran 54.09 in Heat 4. The 400 finals will be Friday, the same day of the heats for the 4x400 relay. Price will run on the Canadian foursome . . . In conjunction with the WTA's Bank of the West Classic taking place at Stanford this weekend, former WTA player and Stanford All-American Marissa (Irvin) Gould will hold a book signing to promote her new children's book, "A Magical Racquet Ride: Journey to the Four Grand Slam Tournaments of Tennis". The book signing will take place Saturday at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park at 1 p.m. After competing in 22 Grand Slam events, Gould retired from professional tennis and decided to turn her attention to her other passions — children and education. During her Stanford career, then-Irvin was an NCAA champion, Pac-10 champion, four-time All-American, Academic All-American, and the winner of the Honda Award for the Nation's top female collegiate athlete in her sport . . . Palo Alto's Anna Zhou, who'll be a senior at Gunn High this fall, suffered a double-bogey on the back nine and fell well off the pace at the girls' USGA Junior Amateur Championship at the par-72 Forest Highlands Golf Club (Meadow Course) on Tuesday in Flagstaff, Ariz. Zhou, who shot an even-par 72 during Monday's opening round, shot a 3-over 75 on Tuesday. She made the turn with a 1-over 37 but took a double-bogey seven on the 552-yard 14th. She followed that with a bogey on the 16th before rallying with a birdie on the par-5 18th . . . Castilleja is looking for a number of coaches for the upcoming school year: JV tennis, JV basketball, JV soccer, lacrosse assistant varsity coach and swimming assistant varsity coach. Interested candidates should contact new Athletic Director Mary Jo Pruitt at mpruitt@castilleja.org . . . Palo Alto High grad Mira Khanna was one of six Hamilton College men's and women's tennis players to earn 2014 scholar-athlete status from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). In order be an ITA scholar-athlete, a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of 3.50 or better (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

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