Gunn's Meeks, Paly's Slaney both in midseason track form


While rain washed out many prep events last weekend, it did nothing to deter Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney and Gunn senior Gillian Meeks from their appointed rounds on the track.

After each won a pair of distance events to help their respective teams win SCVAL De Anza Division dual meets on Thursday, they produced more meet records and victories at the TKA Distance Carnival on Saturday.

Meeks won the 800 (2:19.38) and 1,600 (4:55.29) -- setting meet records in both while running a personal best in the metric mile that keeps her No. 3 in school history.

Slaney won the 1,600 in a season best (by 13 seconds) of 4:20.79, breaking the year-old meet record by six seconds. That time would have won the K-Bell Invitational, held at the same time at Los Gatos High.

Slaney also anchored the winning distance medley relay team to victory.

Other individual varsity event winners for Palo Alto included Eli Givens in the 100 (11.30), Sam Craig in the varsity 3,200 (a meet record of 9:49.52), Neil Verwillow in the 200 (23.17) and the boys and girls sprint medley relays,

Verwillow was competing in only his first week after spending the winter with the soccer team. He also ran on the winning distance medley relay team.

In the frosh-soph division, Paly's Reed Foster won the 1,600 (4:39.25) and 3,200 (10:37.54) -- both meet records -- and Henry Saul took the 800 in 2:10.67.

Castilleja junior Claire Traum won the 400 in 1:00.75 and added a second-place finish of 2:21.91 in the 800 in addition to helping the Gators finish seconds in the distance medley relay.

Boys lacrosse

Palo Alto competed a 3-0 week with an 11-6 nonleague triumph over visiting Foothill of Pleasanton on Saturday night. The Vikings improved to 4-0 as goalie Quintin Valenti came up with 19 saves.

Matthew Seligson led the offense with five goals with Patrick McIntosh added three. Hayden Libbey (two) and Cole Tierney (one) wrapped up the scoring. Charlie Stephenson won 16 of 21 face-offs for Paly, which has three more matches this week.

Girls lacrosse

Menlo-Atherton defeated visiting University High (San Francisco), 7-6, in nonleague action Saturday. Grace Tully scored four goals and Emma Easton added three for the Bears (2-0).

With the scored tied, 1-1, the match settled into a defensive battle for the next 10 minutes with the Bears Elena Fox and Kelly Woods both making defensive stops and goalie Samantha Gamez getting her second of three first-half saves.

The Bears finally broke through on a free position shot from Tully, who added two more and Izzy Regonini assisted Emma Easton as the Bears tallied four times two minutes. In the second half, Easton scored two more goals but Rachel Wu scored the final three goals to bring the Red Devils within a point with six second remaining. The Bears won the subsequent draw and hung on for the win.

In Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten in three matches following a 16-10 nonleague triumph over Paly. Cameron Gordon tallied six goals to led the Gators with Emma Johnson adding five and Libby Muir two goals plus three assists. Goalie Emma Briger had seven saves.

Abby Ramsay led Paly (1-3) with Maya Benatar and Charlotte Cheng each scoring twice. Goalie Meredith Kinnaman had seven saves.


With Tara Thakurta tossing a five-inning one-hitter, Castilleja rolled to a 16-1 nonleague victory over visiting University (SF) on Saturday. Meg Johnson had two hits, including a double, for the Gators while Allison Zanolli added a double and scored twice. Zanolli and Johnson each drove in a run for Castilleja (2-3).


The Palo Alto girls finished second and the Paly boys third at the annual Steve Yamamoto Invitational relay meet at St. Francis High on Saturday. The Paly girls scored 290 points to trail Mitty (322) while the Paly boys had 252 with St. Francis posting 350 to win.

The Menlo boys (182) and girls(194) both finished fifth.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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