Big jump by Menlo-Atherton boy highlights Serra Top 7 meet


Stas DellaMorte of Menlo-Atherton continued to show his consistency for big jumps as the Central Coast Section leader in the long jump won his specialty at the annual Serra Top 7 track and field invitational on Saturday

DellaMorte won the boys' long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches. He has a career best of 23-1 1/2 earlier this season. That ranks him No. 4 all-time at M-A. The school record is 24-4 3/4 by Paul Bates in 1977. That ranks No. 9 all-time in the CCS history books.

Ken Murphy went 23-9 in 1970 to rank No. 2 in the M-A history books while Steve Bruce leaped 23-8 3/4 in 1979 for the No. 3 mark. DellaMorte ranks among the top 100 in CCS history.

Elsewhere at the Serra Top 7:

Nico Robinson of Sacred Heart Prep won the boys' 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.73 while Jack Beckwith of Menlo-Atherton finished third in the boys' 3200 in 9:56.73. Arnaud Kpachavi of Priory moved among the CCS leaders in the boys' 800 while taking third in a season best of 1:57.96. He also clocked 50.85 while taking fifth in the 400 to complete a tough double.

Di' John Williams of Menlo-Atherton was fourth in the boys' high jump at 5-8 while teammate Michael Hester was fifth in the 1600 in 4:27.99.

In the girls' competition, Castilleja senior Rachel Skokowski was fourth in the 800 (2:25.04) and fifth in the 1600 (5:22.42) to lead the local entrants. Catherine Carpenter of Menlo-Atherton was third in the 200 (26.45) while the Menlo-Atherton 400 relay team finished third in 51.02.

Many of the top competitors in the CCS will compete this Friday in the annual CCS Top 8 at Los Gatos High starting at 4 p.m.

The Sacred Heart Prep boys' track team won the West Bay Athletic League No. 3B meet last week with 138 points. Robinson led the way by winning the 300 hurdles (42.98), taking the long jump (19-7 1/2), finishing second in the high jump (5-4) and tying for third in the 400 (53.88).

Leo Kolomatahgi of SHP won the discus (119-6 1/4) and shot put (41-4) while teammate Tyler McCool won the triple jump (38-5) and finished third in the 200 (23.97). Zach Kaplan added additional points for the Gators by taking the 1600 in 4:43.84.

In the girls' meet, Helen Gannon of SHP won the long jump (15-6), teammate Holly McDonald took the high jump and Maggie Fong finished first in the 100 (12.86) as the Gators finished second to Mercy-Burlingame in the team standings.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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