Menlo grad Price continues her record-breaking effort in track


Former Menlo School standout Maddy Price is continuing to break records, now for the Duke University track and field team.

Price first broke the school record in the women's 100 meters two weekends ago with an 11.65 at the Raleigh Relays. She also moved to No. 5 all-time at Duke in the 200 (23.99) and No. 3 all-time in the 4x200 relay (1:36.69).

This past weekend, Price broke the school record in the 200 with a 23.48 mark in the Battle of the Blues meet at Morris Williams Stadium in Durham, N.C. Price's time eclipsed the previous school mark if 23.69.

"(The race) felt really good," said Price, a sophomore. "Coming off the 100 last weekend, I was feeling good and wanted to try and get ([the record) in the 200, as well. I knew that Cindy Ofili, the really good sprinter from Michigan, was going to be in both of my races, so it was really helpful to have someone really fast to run against and push me to the finish. I wish I could have got her at the end, but it was still a really good race and I'm super happy with the time."

Price contributed additional points for Duke in the 100 and 4x400, taking second in the 100 with a time of 11.74 before winning the 4x400 with junior Madeline Kopp and freshmen India Lowe and MacKenzie Kerr with a combined time of 3:40.21.

Price's efforts helped Duke score 68 points, finishing behind Michigan (83) and ahead of North Carolina's 48.

Price, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, currently is tied for No. 1 in Canada in the 100 and ranks No. 4 in the 200. Her best, event, however, is still the 400.

Duke will return to action this weekend with the the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga.

Women's tennis

Gettysburg junior Laura Gradiska from Menlo School picked up her second weekly honor from the Centennial Conference this spring after a perfect week on the tennis court.

Gradiska was named CC Player of the Week after winning all four of her matches. In doubles play, she teamed with freshman Maria Martinovic for a pair of victories at the top position. The duo blanked McDaniel College's top pair (8-0) before pulling off a 9-8 (7-5) decision against Muhlenberg College.

In singles play, Gradiska lost only five games in two wins at No. 2. She handed her McDaniel foe a 6-2, 6-0 setback and finished the week with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the match with the Mules.

Gradiska has won her past six singles matches and leads the team with an 8-1 record. She is also 6-3 in doubles competitions this spring.

Women's water polo

Palo Alto High grad Tess van Hulsen helped Claremont-Mudd-Scripps notch two road wins on Saturday, 9-6 over Caltech and 7-6 over Occidental. With the wins, CMS improved to 6-15 overall and 3-2 in SCIAC play, good for a tie of fourth place.

CMS got three goals overall by van Hulsen on the day.

Men's water polo

The Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club, coached by former Stanford head coach (and now retired) Dante Dettamanti, is the winner of the S & R Sport Club of the Month for March.

The Mid-Peninsula Water Polo club recently won first place in the Gold Division of the KAP7 International water polo tournament. The win was especially well earned since the team only had two subs, played five games over the weekend, and won by a total point of spread of 73-24, beating out tough Southern California teams.

Despite being retired, Dettamanti has been coaching the squad. He won eight NCAA championships during his career at Stanford.

The team consisted of juniors and seniors from Menlo-Atherton High School, Menlo School, and Lydian Academy. Team members included Jack Beasley, Gabe Silva, Alex Hakanson, Mostyn Fero, Christian Huhn, Tiago Bonchristiano, James Calhoon, Jorge Pont, and Davos Paquin.

Dettamanti also escorted the team to Florence, Italy, last summer for an exchange/training program with Firenze Pallanuoto.

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