Gunn's Robinson lowers another record at Stanford meet


Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley and Sarah Robinson of Gunn ran two of the top three outdoor times in in the nation in the girls' mile on Saturday to highlight the 39th annual Stanford Invitational track and field meet at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Maxwell clocked a U.S.-leading 4:43.27 while Robinson ran the No. 3 time, a 4:48.77. The No. 2 time is a converted 4:47.50 by Hannah Long of Eureka, Mo. The nation's fastest time was clocked indoors, a 4:32.15 by Alexa Efraimson of Camas, Wash.

Maxwell's time also is No. 1 all-time in the Central Coast Section. Her converted time (mile to 1,600) of 4:41.63 surpassed the 4:42.45 run by Nikki Hiltz of Aptos while winning the 2012 CIF State Meet.

Robinson's time, which is faster than the 4:49.26 she ran at this meet last year, moved her to No. 9 all-time in the CCS (a converted 4:47.10) and lowered her own school record from 4:47.58 (converted from her '13 mile time). She's also No. 2 in the state behind Maxwell.

Also in the race Saturday was Gunn sophomore Gillian Meeks. She finished seventh overall in 4:59.79. That converts to 4:58.05 for 1,600 meters and ranks her No. 4 in school history.

In the girls' 400, Menlo School senior Maddy Price made her outdoor season debut in her specialty a good one by winning in 55.22. She was more than 1 1/2 seconds ahead of second place.

Price's time ranks her No. 4 in the state. Price has run 54.69 indoors this season. Price came back later in the meet and finished second in the 100 in a season best of 12.23. Gunn sophomore Janae Pennywell was sixth in 12.41.

The boys' 400 also provided some fast times with Frank Kurtz of Heritage turning in a 47.58. Nick Sullivan of Palo Alto shook off some early season leg problems and finished fourth overall in a season best and Central Coast Section leading time of 49.18. Paly teammate Eli Givens also ran his season best, 49.53 for seventh, while Menlo-Atherton senior Zach Plante did likewise while finishing eighth in 49.69. Givens ranks No. 2 in CCS this season with that time while Plante, the former leader at 50.12, is now No. 3.

In the girls' 100 hurdles, Gunn's Robin Peter ran a personal best of 15.27 while taking sixth. That improved her No. 2 ranking on the Titans' all-time list, as well, and moved her to No. 4 in CCS this season. Caice Lanovaz of Los Gatos finished fifth in 15.05, fastest in the section.

In the boys' triple jump, Menlo School's Paul Tuoma leaped 45-5 3/4 to take third.

Helping wrap up the meet was the Palo Alto boys' 1,600 relay, which clocked a CCS-leading 3:26.40 while finishing seventh. The top three teams all ran under 3:24.00. Paly's team was Dami Bolarinwa, Jack Hansen, Givens and Sullivan.

— Keith Peters

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