Palo Alto boys, Gunn girls look strong again in track and field


The Palo Alto boys and Gunn girls once again appear to be among the contenders for league honors in track and field this season. Both showed why with impressive SCVAL De Anza Division dual-meet victories over their city rivals on Thursday.

The host Paly boys remained unbeaten after two meets as the Vikings once again displayed solid depth in the sprints and big points in the middle and distance races while defeating Gunn, 82-45.

Junior Eli Givens won the 100 in 10.97 and 200 in 22.39, both Central Coast Section-leading times, in addition to running legs on the first-place 400 (43.97) and 1,600 (3:32.30) relay teams. Both relays were season bests for the Vikings.

Sophomore Kent Slaney showed his fitness in the 800 and 1,600 for Palo Alto as he won both races, clocking 2:01.43 in the metric half-miler after taking the metric mile in 4:32.92. Slaney's 800 moved him among the CCS leaders.

In the four individual events run by Givens and Slaney, Paly outscored Gunn by 31-5.

Paly teammate Tommy Vonghom also was a double-winner as he won the 110 high hurdles (16.57) and 300 intermediate hurdles (43.65) as the Vikings held an 11-7 advantage in those events.

Gunn's lone double-winner was Thomas Farley in the shot put (44-9) and discus (125-1) as the Titans outscored the Vikings in those events, 16-2.

As good as the Palo Alto boys, so too were the Gunn girls. They won 11 events and pulled away for a 74-52 triumph. Both teams moved to 1-1 in dual meets.

Junior Maya Miklos was the individual standout for Gunn as she won the 400 (57.70), took the 300 hurdles (45.70) and finished off her triple with a 26.12 victory in the 200. She also ran the anchor leg on the opening 400 relay, which the Vikings won in 49.87.

Junior Gillian Meeks was equally as dominant as she won the 1600 in 5:11.99 and 800 in 2:25.13. With Miklos and Meeks leading the way in those five events, the Titans produced a 32-13 advantage.

Gunn junior Robin Peter won the 100 hurdles in 15.64 (No. 3 in CCS) and 100 in 12.75, among the top 10 best in CCS.

Palo Alto freshman Stephanie Lee moved among the CCS leaders in the long jump with a winning mark of 16-6 1/4.

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