Menlo-Atherton High grad Jorge Tafolla finished second in the men's 800 meters at the Coast Conference track and field championships Friday at San Jose City College.
Tafolla, who runs for College of San Mateo, improved his personal best nearly two seconds to take the silver medal in 1:55.68, chasing conference leader Gerardo Castro of CCSF throughout. Castro prevailed in 1:53.61, a bit off his No. 2 state ranking time of 1:51.92.
Tafolla did not compete in track at M-A, where he graduated in 2007. The East Palo Alto resident is in his first full season running track. This was only his fifth 800-meter race and his third time under two minutes. He already ranks No. 19 in the state.
"I was really looking forward to this race (against Castro)," Tafolla said.
Tafolla broke two minutes at the De Anza Invitational on March 13, running 1:59.97. His next 2-lap race was in Tuesday's Coast trials, running 1:57.23.
Tafolla, who has run 4:14.61 for 1,500 meters this season, advances to this weekend's NorCal trials at CSM.