Paly boys, Gunn girls win track team titles at SCVAL Qualifier

Top Vikings and Titans advance to the CCS semifinals next weekend

It came a week too late, but the Gunn girls and Palo Alto boys both registered track and field team titles at the SCVAL Qualifier on Friday at Los Gatos High. Gunn scored 80 points to hold off Wilcox (78) while the Paly boys tallied 106 points to beat Mountain View (98), reversing the boys' finish at the SCVAL De Anza Division championships on May 6.

The meet combined the top finishers from the De Anza and El Camino Division finals with most of the top athletes advancing easily to next Saturday's Central Coast Section semifinals at Gilroy High.

The Palo Alto boys had a very solid meet, setting themselves up nicely for perhaps a run at the CCS title in two weeks. Seniors Philip MacQuitty and Daniel Jones plus junior Maurice Williams led the way as double winners.

MacQuitty won the 1600 with a meet record of 4:22.30. He doubled back to take the 800 in 1:57.50. The versatile Williams ran a leg on the winning 400 relay team that clocked a season best of 43.53. Williams then won the long jump at 21-5 ½ and produced a personal best of 45-5 to win the triple jump.

Williams also won his heat of the 100 in 11.12, but had to settle for the day's second-fastest time as Jones won the first heat in 11.10. Miles Anderson ran second to Williams in Heat 2, clocking 11.39. All three ran on the 400 relay squad.

Jones, who was suffering from leg problems at the league meet and finished well back in both the 100 and 200 while just trying to advance, doubled back to win his heat of the 200 in 22.84. It was the second-fastest time of the day.

In the boys' 3200, Palo Alto senior Josh Newby finished third in 9:30.28 with Gunn senior Paul Summers fourth in 9:30.53. Newby ran 17 seconds faster than his league meet time while Summers improved by 10 seconds.

Gunn senior Spencer Jones finished second in the discus at 139-5 while Paly's Haris Sultani was fourth at 135-0. Palo Alto also had three high jumpers advance as Michael Hueschen (6-2), Tyler Nigro (6-0) and Bennie Williams (5-10) qualified for the CCS semis along with Gunn senior Ryo Asai (5-10).

The Gunn girls were led by juniors Erin Robinson and Kiana Choroski, both of whom advanced in two individual events. Robinson was second in the 1600 in a season-best 5:06.95 and came back later to win the 3200 in 11:07.28.

Choroski, who has taken over in the hurdle events for injured teammate Sunny Margerum, won the 100 hurdles in 16.02 and came back with a second place of 47.80 in the 300 hurdles.

Gunn sophomore Kieran Gallagher added a victory in the 800 in 2:16.18, junior Allison Ang won the pole vault at 11 feet and sophomore Julia Maggioncalda finished second in the high jump at 5-2 while freshman Kirsten Baird took fourth at 5-0. Freshman Ebba Nord qualified in the 100 (13.10) while freshman Sarah Klem did likewise by taking second in the triple jump (34-0 ¼)..

The Palo Alto girls, who finished eighth in the team scoring with 26 points, were led by senior Erika Hoglund. She finished second in the long jump with a season best of 16-8 ¼ and qualified in the 100 with a fifth-place finish of 13.05. She also made it in the triple jump (33-4 ½). Teammate Emily Yeates was third in the 100 (12.99). Both ran on the Vikings' 400 relay team that advanced after finishing third in 49.67. Palo Alto sophomore Torie Nielsen made it in the 200 (26.68),.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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