The annual CCS Top 8 Invitational serves as a pretty good preview to the section track and field championships. With that said, look for Palo Alto junior Eli Givens to make a return trip to the CIF State Meet in both the 100 and 200 next month.
Running on the same San Jose City College track that will host the CCS finals on May 29, Givens raced to impressive victories in the 100 and 200 on Friday night.
After running a leg on Paly's sixth-place 400 relay team that clocked a season best of 43.63, Given sped to victory in the 100 in a wind-aided 10.79. While it was his season best, a 2.8 wind pushed him along, just over the allowable 2.0 meter-per-second limit.
Givens ran his personal best of 10.77 last year, ranking him No. 3 in school history.
While the wind marred his 100, the 200 was relatively quiet as Givens sped away with a CCS-leading 21.86 with just an 0.6 aiding wind.
Givens also finished fourth in the long jump at 21-2 1/4 to help Palo Alto finish sixth in the team scoring with 28 points. Bellarmine won the team crown with 68.
Givens won the CCS title last season in the 100 (10.83) and was third in the 200 (22.10) and thus appears to be headed for more standout performances in the 2015 section finals. In a dual-meet win over Los Altos on Thursday, Givens won the 100 in a CCS-leading 10.84.
Elsewhere in the boys' competition, Menlo-Atherton senior Adam Scandlyn had a solid double as he finished second in the 1,600 meters in 4:20.70, just off his season best of 4:20.19. He came back to take third in the 800 in a personal record of 1:56.86, moving him to No. 5 in school history.
Speaking of history, Gunn junior Maya Miklos lowered a school record that had stood since 1997 when she finished second in the girls' 400 in 55.61. That ranks her No. 2 in the CCS this season.
Miklos came back to win the 300 hurdles in 45.37, making up for her effort at the Arcadia Invitational last weekend when she fell and finish last.
Gunn teammate Margaret Redfield was second in the high jump at 5-2, Emily Aiken was second in the 3,200 in 11:08.03, junior Amy Watt was fifth in the long jump (16-3 1/4) and Gillian Meeks was fifth in the 1,600 in 5:01.54 to help the Titans tally 38 points and finish third in the team race -- trailing only Los Gatos (48.5) and Valley Christian (44).
Menlo-Atherton junior Annalisa Crowe was third in the 800 (2:19.06) and ran a leg on the Bears' third-place 1,600 relay team (4:05.29). Teammate Kathryn Mohr added a third place in the pole vault at 12 feet, tying her school record.
Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy accomplished her goal of breaking 5:00 in the 1,600 as she led from the start before being overtaken and finishing second in 4:58.92.
Lacy and Meeks were running 1-2 heading into the final lap when Meeks attempted to pass. Lacy, however, held off Meeks and widened her lead on the backstretch as Meeks tired and was eventually overtaken by most of the six-member trailing pack. Lacy was caught in the final 50 meters.