Gunn's one-two punch leads way to girls' title in track

Sarah Robinson and Gillian Meeks make up a pretty good one-two punch for the Gunn girls in track and field this season.

The duo, in fact, helped knock out the competition and lead the Titans to the team title at the annual St. Francis Invitational on Saturday in Mountain View.

Robinson and Meeks went one-two in the 3,000 meters and doubled back to duplicate that finish in the fast heat of the mile as Gunn scored 66 points to claim team honors.

Robinson, a senior headed to Stanford to play soccer in the fall, set a pair of meet records while racing to impressive times. She won the 3,000 in 9:49.94, breaking the previous mark of 10:03.09 by Vanessa Fraser of San Lorenzo Valley last year. Meeks clocked 10:02.49 to also surpass the old meet record.

The tandem came back in the mile, with Robinson winning in a meet record of 4:56.54 and Meeks taking second in 5:04.11. Menlo-Atherton sophomore Madeleine Baier won the first heat in 5:36.46, good for seventh all-time at M-A.

Both races, when converted to the 3,200 and 1,600, rank Robinson No. 2 in the state. Robinson also is part of Gunn's distance medley relay -- the foursome did not run Saturday -- that leads the state at 12:06.81.

"I like to use the races for training purposes," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer on why Robinson and Meeks doubled. "I think that Sarah has the opportunity to break the records and it seemed like a worthy goal. Not many of us have a chance to leave a mark and she is so committed, hardworking and tenacious and talented that is she has the chance to do so, she should take it."

The Gunn girls also got a second in the discus from Adriana Noronha (113-2), who also took third in the shot put (33-10). Teammate Maya Miklos was second in the 300 hurdles (45.49) and Gunn's Janae Pennywell was third in the 100 (12.58).

The Menlo-Atherton boys, meanwhile, finished sixth in the team race. Senior Zach Plante had a busy day as he won the 400 in 50.12, anchored the 400 relay to third overall in 44.20, ran the third leg of the 800 sprint medley relay that took third and anchored the 1,600 relay to fourth in 3:37.84.

Ross Corey of Priory was second in the boys mile in 4:25.83 and Sacred Heart Prep junior Daniel Hill set a school record while taking fifth in the 3,000 in 9:07.08.

The Menlo-Atherton girls' 800 sprint medley relay finished second in 1:54.66 with the team of Annie Harrier, Kathryn Mohr, Naomi Tovar and Jordan Olesen. The distance medley relay squad of Baier, Cat Depuy, Annalisa Crowe and Taylor Fortnam set a school record while taking fourth.

Mohr also had a hand in another school mark when she cleared 10-9 in the girls' pole vault.


Palo Alto sophomore Owen Plambeck slammed a pair of home runs and drove in three to pace the Vikings to a 7-2 nonleague win over host Carlmont on Saturday. Plambeck paced a 12-hit attack that carried Paly (3-4) to its third straight win. Bowen Gerould had a double and two RBI for the Vikings with Anthony Lim, Phil Lewis and Daniel Tachna-Fram all getting two hits -- Lewis getting a triple among his pair.

Palo Alto wrapped up a three-win week that included 31 runs and 37 hits.

Boys lacrosse

With Frankie Hattler and Sean Mayle each scoring three goals and adding three assists, Sacred Heart Prep posted a 12-8 nonleague victory over visiting Redwood on Saturday. The Gators (2-2) held a slim 5-4 halftime lead before pulling away. Andrew White tallied a team-high four goals and added an assist with Noah Kawasaki contributed two assists and two goals while goalie Jack Wise came up with 15 saves.

Girls lacrosse

With freshman middie Sophia Donovan scoring four goals and adding two assists, Menlo School remained unbeaten with an 11-9 nonleague victory over visiting Monte Vista (Danville) on Saturday. According to, Monte Vista is currently ranked No. 4 in the state and Menlo is 26th.

The Knights (4-0) grabbed an 8-5 halftime lead and moved out to a 10-6 lead on a goal by Chelsea Sahami, who finished with three goals. Nikky Price also had three goals for Menlo, including the final tally. Six Menlo players combined for 16 total points. Donovan was at the center, literally and figuratively, of the game. She simply dominated the field with six draw controls, six total points, four contested ground balls won, and one takeaway/caused turnover.

Boys tennis

Menlo School finished third at the 16-team National Tennis All-American Invitational that wrapped up Saturday in Newport Beach.

The Knights beat Potomac of Virginia, 6-2, before blanking Corona del Mar, 8-0. In the semifinals, Menlo dropped a close decision to eventual winner Beacon High New York, finishing 4-4 but losing on total games won 48-45.

"It was a heartbreaking loss to say the least," said Menlo coach Bill Shine. "The boys showed a lot of character and, after a short rest, came back and beat a very tough team San Marino of SoCal, 5-3, with some of their best play of the weekend."

Captain and senior David Ball along with sophomore Lane Leschly earned All-Tournament All-American honors.

"I could not be more proud of the way they handled themselves both on and off the court," Shine said.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports


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