Gunn girls fall just short of a title in De Anza Division finals


One Robinson sister helped the Gunn girls' track and field team finish third at the 2010 SCVAL De Anza Division track and field finals. Two Robinson sisters was even better as the Titans moved up a spot to second at Thursday's league championships on Hal Daner Track at Gunn High on Thursday.

Erin Robinson defended her league title in the 3,200 and finished second in the 1,600 -- as she did last season -- while freshman sister Sarah finished third in the 1,600 and ran a leg on the 1,600 relay as the Titans scored 93 points while nearly overhauling Mountain View (109) for the league title.

"The girls did very well," said Gunn co-coach Ernie Lee. "I know some of them were a little disappointed in the marks, but the important thing is that they competed well and everyone made it on to the (SCVAL) Qualifier meet (next Friday at Santa Clara High) that we expected to."

Palo Alto finished fifth with 47 points to duplicate last season's point total and placing, but did win the junior varsity title with 142 points while Gunn was second with 127.

Erin Robinson, who ran in the state meet last season, clocked 5:07.24 in the 1,600 to finish second to defending champ Allison Sturges (5:03.03) of Mountain View in a competitive race that saw Sarah Robinson come from well off the pace to grab third in 5:07.67. Sturges ran nearly six seconds faster than last year to defend her title while Erin Robinson improved by six seconds, as well.

Erin Robinson bounced back from the tough loss to win the 3,200 in relative pedestrian11:23.20 -- fast enough to get the job done on the hot afternoon.

Gunn junior Julia Maggioncalda also used disappointment to post a victory. After the two-time defending high jump champ cleared only 5-0 and lost a jump-off for third place with sophomore teammate Kirsten Baird, Maggioncalda headed back to the long jump pit and produced a winning 16-9 with Baird taking sixth.

Gunn received 20 individual points from senior Kiana Choroski, who defended her titles in both hurdles. She won the 100 high hurdles in a personal-best 15.65, to improve upon her No. 2 standing on the school's all-time list. She returned to win the 300 low hurdles in a season-best of 47.56 to move among the Central Coast Section leaders.

"Kiana has been hurdling all four years but this is the first year she isn't prioritizing club volleyball," Lee said. "She's also interested in trying to walk on at UC Davis next year. She still has a lot of untapped potential, especially in the long hurdles."

In the 100, Gunn sophomore Ebba Nord was third in 12.78; junior Kieran Gallagher was second in the 800 in 2:16.78 as Sturges completed a tough double with a solid 2:13.81.

Palo Alto took second in the 1,600 relay with the help of sisters Josie and Helen Butler, who previously helped the Paly basketball and soccer teams, respectively. Three other hoop transplants scored for the Vikings -- Sydney Davis in the 200 (fourth), Lindsay Black in the shot put (fourth) and Katerina Peterson in the discus (fourth). Freshman Pippa Raffel showed a bright future in the long jump with a second-place finish of 16-5.

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Posted by Track Athlete
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

At right in Picture 3/7 is Gunn's Anna Jaffe, not Leilan Nishi.

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