Palo Alto boys get track season off and running with a win


With junior Kent Slaney running to a pair of meet records, the Palo Alto boys opened their 2016 track and field dual-meet season in the SCVAL De Anza Division with an 82-45 victory over visiting Lynbrook on a rainy Thursday afternoon.

Slaney won the 1600 meters (4:33.07) and 3200 (9:36.35) while defeating rival Justin Robison of Lynbrook in both events. The two went head to head during the cross-country season, as well, and rank among the top distance runners in the Central Coast Section.

Palo Alto senior Eli Givens, the two-time CCS champ in the 100 meters, got his season under way with a pair of individual victories -- taking the 100 (11.21) and 200 (22.75) in addition to running legs on the winning 400 relay (43.76) and 1600 relay (3:32.83). Slaney also ran a leg on the metric mile relay.

Tommy Vonghom added victories in the 110 high hurdles (16.72) and 300 intermediate hurdles (42.73) for the Vikings.

In the girls' meet, Lynbrook won 11 events and posted a 67-59 triumph.

In Los Altos, the weather was just as bad as the Gunn girls defeated the Eagles, 77-50, while the Gunn boys dropped an 85-42 decision in SCVAL De Anza Division dual-meet action.

"It was a wet and rainy night," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. "We have a whole slew of newbies and it was particularly tough way to start off their track careers. But, it was certainly memorable, especially running nine 4x4's (relays) at one time on the track in complete darkness . . . Still, many great performances and efforts."

Gunn senior Maya Miklos was a triple winner – 100 hurdles (14.90), 400 (58.40) and 200 (25.30). Times in the shorter races arguably were wind-aided, but no wind gauge was available. Gunn senior Gillian Meeks won the 1600 (5:06.65) and 800 (2:21.60) and Jonas Enders won the 1600 (4:39.67) and 3200 to lead the Gunn boys.


The Palo Alto boys and girls splashed to solid dual-meet victories over host Monta Vista on Thursday and remained undefeated. The boys had their hands full while pulling out a 94-88 triumph while the girls cruised to a 115-70 triumph.

Paly's Alex Liang took the 200 IM (1:56.83) and 500 free (4:43.39) with solid times and Andrew Cho won the 200 free in a season-best 1:45.96 before adding a 51.31 victory in the 100 back that also ranks among the best in the CCS this season. Cho and Liang also swam on the 400 free relay that won with a season best of 3:11.16, a sizzling time on a cold afternoon.

In the girls' meet, Palo Alto (2-0) got double victories from Zoe Lusk and Grace Zhao and won all three relays while winning 11 of 12 events.

Lusk took the 200 free (1:57.40) and 100 fly (59.01) with Zhao taking the 50 free (24.48) and 100 breast (1:04.68), an event where she is the defending CCS champion. Both Lusk and Zhao added relay legs on two winning teams each.

Boys lacrosse

Menlo-Atherton picked up its first victory in four outings with a 10-5 nonleague triumph over visiting Mountain View on Thursday night on Coach Parks Field. Bears (1-3 overall) got seven goals from Jack Wolf plus two goals and three assists from Trystan Uphoff. Jack Hansen finished with a goal while goalie Cooper Waymire had 10 saves. Andrew Ojeda went 12-3 on face-offs and LSM John Mills played an outstanding game.

In Palo Alto, Matt Seligson scored eight goals and added one assist to pace Palo Alto to a lopsided 22-2 nonleague victory over visiting Bella Vista of Sacramento on Thursday night. Cole Tierney added three goals and Patrick McIntosh finished with two goals and seven assists. Middie Charlie Stephenson had one goal and won 21 of 24 face-offs for the unbeaten Vikings.

In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep was hoping to avenge last year's one-goal loss to University (SF), but the Gators still came up a goal short and dropped a 9-8 nonleague lacrosse decision to the Red Devils on Thursday. Jack Crocket led the Gators (2-1) with three goals with Kevin Tinsley adding two. Trevor Peay, John Carroll and Frank Bell all scored once for SHP.

Girls lacrosse

With Libby Muir and Cameron Gordon each scoring four goals, Sacred Heart Prep raced to an early lead and posted a 16-6 nonleague victory over host St. Francis on Thursday night. Emma Johnson had two goals and two assists for the Gators (2-0).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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