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M-A girls run to the team title at Serra Top 7

 

Members of the Menlo-Atherton girls' track and field team showed no after effects of of the school's prom the night before as they piled up 131 points to capture the team title at the Serra Top 7 Invitational for the third straight year on Saturday in San Mateo.

The Bears scored more points than the second and third-place teams combined as they rolled to impressive performances on the warm day. The M-A boys, meanwhile, scored 33 points and finished sixth among 25 teams.

Juniors Annalisa Crowe and Kathyrn Mohr were both double-winners for the Bears. Crowe won the 800 (2:21.43) and 1600 (5:19.86) and anchored the 1600 relay team to a second-place finish of 4:11.99. The squad also featured senior Annie Harrior, freshman Olivia Shane and junior Cat DePuy.

Mohr won the 100 in 13.06 and broke her own school record in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-0, tying her for No. 2 in the Central Coast Section this season. She also ran on the winning 400 relay (51.27) that includes Diamond Hawkins, Charlotte Schroeder and Harrier.

Harrier was the busiest Bear on the day. She won the 400 with a personal best of 58.70, moving her to No. 7 in school history. She anchored the 400 relay, led off the 1600 relay and took second in the 200.

DePuy was second in her two individual events -- the 800 and 1600. Her time of 5:21.58 in the later was an eight-second personal best and moved her to No. 7 in school history. Sophomore Kaline Zanelli won the girls' high jump for the second straight year, this time clearing a personal-best 5-3. She's now No. 4 in school history.

In the boys' events, M-A senior Adam Scandlyn had a hand in 24 points as he won the 1600 (4:22.98) and 800 (1:58.37) and anchored the 1600 relay team to fourth place.

At the annual Arcadia Invitational on Saturday, Menlo School Lizzie Lacy had herself a record-breaking day while finishing ninth in the Invitational 3,200 meters. Lacy clocked 10:25.05, breaking her own school record by some 30 seconds and lowered the West Bay Athletic League mark, as well.

The time ranks her No. 6 in the state and No. 10 in the nation, according to time posted at athletic.net. Moreover, Lacy moved into the No. 8 spot all-time in the section while just running her second-ever 3,200 and only the third track race of her career. She was seeded only 28th of the 29 runners entered.

Gunn junior Gillian Meeks finished 20th in the race, which produced the nation's fastest time of 10:09.58 by Danielle Jones of Desert Vista, Ariz. Meeks ran a personal best of 10:38.30, keeping her No. 4 in Gunn history.

Gunn junior Maya Miklos fell in the girls' seeded race of the 300 hurdles and finished ninth 48.83. She went into the race as the CCS leader at 44.28.

For the boys, Priory senior Ross Corey ran a personal best of 1:54.51 while taking fourth in his heat of the 800 meters.

At the De Anza Invitational at De Anza College in Cupertino, Gunn's Margaret Redfield set a meet record while winning the girls' high jump on fewer misses with a personal best of 5-4. She improved her season best by two inches while tying the school record, set in 2002.

Gunn senior Emily Aiken was second in the 1600 in 5:13.17.

Baseball

Palo Alto's run at the Cunningham Classic ended in a tough 2-1 loss to St. Ignatius in the championship game on Saturday at Bellarmine Prep.

Sophomore Ethan Stern had two of the Vikings' four hits with senior Corey Bicknell taking the loss. The Wildcats scoring the winning run in the top of the seventh to drop Paly to 11-6.

Palo Alto had reached the title game with a 1-0 win over host Bellarmine on Thursday as junior Justin Hull twirled a complete-game three-hitter and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Diving

Palo Alto's Reed Merritt and Mimi Lin swept the titles at the annual Palo Alto Invitational on Saturday, with Merritt providing a record-breaking effort.

Merritt set a school record by winning with 559.90 points, breaking the previous mark of 525.45 by Cole Plambeck in 2013. Merritt finished second at the CCS Championships last year with 474.85 points.

In the girls' competition, Lin posted an excellent score of 515.80 points to hold off runner-up Vivian Zhou of Gunn (496.15). Lin's total was No. 2 in school history, just missing the school record of 538.95 by Michaela Fossati in 2006.

Alice Saparov of Palo Alto was sixth at 391.25 points and Emma van der Veen of Paly was 10th with 347.55.

Boys lacrosse

Frank Bell scored three times and added three assists to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 13-9 nonleague victory over visiting Redwood on Saturday. The Gators (7-3) also got three goals from Will Kremer plus two goals and one assist from Jack Crocket. Harrison Toig finished with two goals with Fred Eder, Trevor Peay and Tyler Tinsley all scoring once.

Swimming

The Sacred Heart Prep boys finished third and the girls took sixth at the sixth annual California Catholic Invitational at Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday. The event, which is held at Santa Margarita High in Southern California every other year, featured SoCal swim powers Mater Dei and Santa Margarita plus Mitty and the host Gators.

The lone SHP winner on the day was Michael Swart in the 100 breast. He clocked 1:01.87. The Gators, however, had enough depth to score 355 points and trail only Mater Dei (533) and Santa Margarita (367).

SHP sophomore Jackson Enright had a good meet, despite not winning an individual event. He was second in the 200 free (1:47.40) and 500 free (4:52.20) and led off the fourth-place 400 free relay that clocked 3:25.02.

For the SHP girls, freshman Matte Snow made a splash by taking fourth in the 50 free (24.74) and fourth in the 100 free (53.89) behind teammate Kathryn Bower's 53.77. Snow also led off the Gators' 200 and 400 free relays.

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