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Top local track and field efforts at St. Francis

 

Nico Robinson of Sacred Heart Prep, Gillian Meeks of Gunn and George Baier of Menlo-Atherton came up with some standout individual efforts to highlight the St. Francis Invitational track and field meet on Saturday.

Robinson, who is quickly turning into one of the top boy hurdlers in the Central Coast Section, raced to personal-best 14.94 to win the 110 highs and improve upon his CCS lead. He also added a 39.69 second-place finish (also a personal best) in the 300 intermediates, good for No. 2 in the section behind Daniel Yeager of Los Altos, who won Saturday's race in 39.65.

Meeks finished second in the girls' 3,000 in 10:36.77 in addition to clocking 5:18.78 while taking fourth in the mile.

Baier, meanwhile, won the boys' mile in 4:22.50 and helped the Bears take second in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:30.24.

The Palo Alto boys' 400 relay lowered its CCS-leading time with a sizzling 42.53 victory. Two members of that team, Jayshawn Gates and Matt Tolbert, also finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the open 100. Gates-Mouton ran 11.05 while Tolbert clocked 11.11. Nick Sullivan, who joined John Alee on the sprint relay, also placed fourth in the 400 meters in a personal best of 49.75, No. 2 in the CCS this season.

"It was pretty good," Paly coach Jason Fung said of his team's 400 relay team. "The handoffs are good. I wouldn't say A-plus, but it was a good, early season time."

In other events, the M-A girls were third and Palo Alto fourth in the distance medley relay; the M-A boys were second in the DMR; Palo Alto's Michael Johnson was fourth in the 300 IH in 41.14; Gunn's Maya Miklos was fifth in the girls' 300 hurdles in 47.85; the M-A girls were third in the 1,600 relay in 4:13.31, and Palo Alto's Eilon Tzur was fourth in the boys' triple jump at 42 feet, 7 inches.

The Menlo-Atherton boys tied for third overall in the team scoring with 34 points while Palo Alto was sixth with 32.50. The Gunn girls were seventhg with 27 points.

Baseball

Palo Alto completed a three-win week as Isaac Feldstein doubled home two runs to give the Vikings an 8-7 lead that stood up for the victory over visiting San Ramon Valley on Saturday.

Feldstein had two hits and three RBI while teammate Michael Strong had three hits. The two were a combined 13 for 20 with 10 RBI during the three victories, which included a sweep of Saratoga in SCVAL De Anza Division action.

In nonleague action, senior starting pitcher Alex Aguiar threw five shutout innings while also going 2 for 3 with three RBI and four runs scored as host Menlo-Atherton crushed Washington, 18-1.

Aguiar shared star billing with sophomore call-up AJ Lemons, who went 4 for 4 as the Bears' designated hitter with four RBI and one run scored in his varsity debut.

Senior catcher Charles Grose also helped pace M-A's offensive attack with two hits, two RBI, and two runs scored. In all, M-A collected 11 hits against three Washington pitchers, while also taking full advantage of eight errors committed by the visitors from San Francisco. The Bears benefited heavily from six walks and four hit batsmen to improve their season record to 5-3 heading into league play this week.

Making his first start as a pitcher this season, Aguiar effectively mixed his fastball and curveball to limit the Eagles to just three hits over five innings. Aguiar threw just 63 pitches, striking out four and walking none. He worked ahead of Washington's hitters all afternoon, registering first-pitch strikes 67 percent of the time.

Girls' lacrosse

Sacred Heart Prep team remained unbeaten after five matches following an 18-2 romp over visiting Los Gatos on Saturday. Brigid White tallied six goals to pace the Gators while Caroline Cummings and Libby Muir each added four. Ally Mayle contributed three goals and Emma Johnson had one. SHP goalie Emily Westerfield had seven saves.

Boys' tennis

Menlo School advanced to the final of the National Invitational Boys Team Tennis Tournament for the fourth year in a row and took second place in the 16-team tournament showcasing the nation's best.

The defending champion and No. 2-seeded Knights faced top-seeded University (Irvine) for the third consecutive year in the final and dropped a 6-3 decision.

The loss ended a 57-match win streak by Menlo. The Knights previous loss came to University in the 2011 national tourney. The Menlo seniors who played as freshmen are now 94-2 in their careers.

Junior David Ball was Menlo's lone unbeaten player during the weekend while playing No. 5 singles and at No. 2 doubles.

"I couldn't be more happy with the team," Menlo coach Bill Shine said, "Sure, they were disppointed to not win, but it was a phenemonal accomplishment to get to the final. All the guys played exceptionally well."

In the opener, Menlo defeated Gilman High of Baltimore, 8-0, then triumphed over Brophy of Phoenix, 8-0. The Knights moved into the semifinal, where they topped La Jolla, 7-1.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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