Gunn's Miklos runs to a title in hurdles at Stanford meet


Maya Miklos didn't run her normal busy schedule of 3-4 events for her Gunn High track and field team in a dual-meet win over Milpitas on Thursday. The senior needed to conserve her energy for the weekend.

After helping the Gunn girls remain unbeaten in SCVAL De Anza Division action Thursday, Miklos was back on the track Friday at the annual Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Miklos, the defending Central Coast Section champ in the 300-meter hurdles, moved up to the 400 hurdles at Stanford and won the race in 1:00.62. Her time would have placed her fifth in the college race.

Nonetheless, the time by Miklos ranks her No. 1 in the nation this year in the rarely run event for high school athletes.

Also running among the state leaders was teammate Gillian Meeks.

Meeks played cat-and-mouse with Morgin Coonfield of McKinleyville in the girls' 3,000 meters on Friday before finally settling for second in 9:52.30. Coonfield won in 9:44.43, the fastest time in the state this season. Meeks, meanwhile, now ranks No. 2.

The Menlo-Atherton girls, meanwhile, didn't win the distance medley relay, but their eighth-place time of 12:21.09 moved among the state leaders and set a school record. The team was comprised of Madeleine Baier (1200), Maggie Hall (400), Olivia Shane (800) and Annalisa Crowe, who clocked fast 5:01 for leg 1,600-meter leg.

The Palo Alto boys were a late entry into the distance medley relay and thus were dropped into the slow heat. The Vikings' team of Sam Gordon, Dami Bolarinwa, Sam Desre and Kent Slaney won their heat in 10:38.51. That time, however, was only good enough for ninth overall.

The meet continues today through 6:30 p.m.


Two days after having its eight-game win streak snapped, Palo Alto gained some revenge and remained among the SCVAL De Anza Division leaders with a 13-4 romp over host Los Altos. The Eagles ended the Vikings win streak on Wednesday with a 1-0 win.

Paly (7-1, 12-2-1) scored eight runs in the first three innings to put the game away quickly and give Alec Olmstead the pitching win. He also helped himself with three hits and two RBI.

One RBI came in the first before the Vikings exploded for four runs on five hits in the second. Angus Stayte had an RBI single, Ben Cleasby drove in two runs with a double and Ethan Stern capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Cleasby finished with four RBI and Owen Plambeck had three of the Vikings' 13 hits.

Boys lacrosse

Jack Crockett scored five goals to help the Sacred Heart Prep boys post a 15-11 nonleague lacrosse victory over visiting Carmel on Friday. The Gators (6-1) rallied from an early 3-1 deficit and went on a 7-0 run to grab an 8-3 lead at halftime. Trevor Peay added three goals with Frank Bell and Fred Eder tallying two goals apiece. Bell added two assists while Harrison Toig led the way with three assists.

"It was a well played game with two good teams playing very hard," said SHP coach Chris Rotelli. "Carmel made a run at the end to close the gap, but we held tough and closed it out for the big out-of- conference win."

Girls lacrosse

Palo Alto remained atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League standings with a 16-2 victory over host Pioneer on Friday. The Vikings (6-0, 7-3) were led by Quinn Knoblock's three goals with

Maya Benatar, Kaitlin Chiu, Kylie Callan and Emily Wood all scoring twice. Goalie Meredith Kinnaman even got into the offensive action and scored a goal.

Paly was coming off a 13-12 triumph over Leland on Wednesday, which saw Ellen Goncher score four goals and Kinnaman make 16 saves.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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