The Menlo-Atherton girls used their talent at the top and showed off plenty of depth to win the team title at the annual Serra Top 7 track and field invitational on Saturday in San Mateo.
The Bears won four individual events and took both relays while having nine top-three finishes. That helped account for 98 team points, easily out-distancing the 59 by runner-up St. Ignatius.
For the M-A girls, it was their fourth consecutive team title at the Serra Top 7 meet.
Senior Annalisa Crowe led the way by winning the 800 in a meet record of 2:14.31. She also won the 1,600 in a season best of 5:04.86 and anchored the first-place 1,600 relay team to a meet record of 4:03.63. Crowe scored 22 1/2 points.
Senior Kathryn Mohr had a hand in two victories. She won her specialty, the pole vault, with a school record of 12-4 that ranks her No. 3 in the Central Coast Section this season. She also ran a leg on the winning 400 relay that clocked 50.05.
Freshman Maggie Hall followed up her two wins in a dual-meet victory over Aragon last Thursday by winning the 200 in 25.36 (No. 4 in school history) and taking second in the 100 (12.70) at Serra.
Elsewhere for the M-A girls, Tatum Maines was third in the 300 hurdles in 47.65 and Kaline Zanelli was third in the high jump at 5-0.
Natalie Novitsky of Sacred Heart Prep was second in the 3,200 in 11:37.88 and Hana Marsheck of Priory was third in 11:43.27. In the 400, Castilleja's Claire Traum was third in 1:00.17.
For the boys, M-A's Terrance Matthews-Murphy won the discus with a throw of 149-1. The Bears finished third in both relays, clocking 43.50 in the 400 and 3:31.78 in the 1,600. M-A scored 33 points and finished sixth, with Bellarmine winning the team crown with 141 points.
Gunn dropped a 15-3 nonleague game to visiting Burlingame on Saturday. The Titans (4-11) got RBI from Leland Pama, Shiva Bucklin and Ben Roake while Josh Radin scored twice.
Menlo School and Menlo Atherton both hit the road Saturday to face tough nonleague opponents and both returned home tested, but with losses.
The Knights (6-6) held a 7-6 halftime lead at Marin Catholic (8-7), but couldn't hold on and dropped a 10-9 decision.
Menlo was still in the lead at 9-7 with 14:16 left in the game after Indie Varma scored twice. Marin Catholic got the tying goal with 3:28 left before getting the winner with just 19 seconds to play. The Knights converted only two of 11 shots in the second half.
Varma finished with three goals and two assists with Nikky Price adding three goals. Kaitlin Frangione, Allison Liddle and Abby Wolfenden also scored for Menlo.
In Placer County, Menlo-Atherton (7-6) got four goals from Annie Payne and three each from Grace Tully and Izzy Regonini in a 17-12 loss to Granite Bay, ranked No. 39 in the nation by MaxPreps.
Payne got the game's first goal on a hot afternoon, but the Grizzlies answered quickly with three goals. Regonini and Tully then scored to tie the game at 3, but Granite Bay pulled ahead and led by 11-5 at halftime.
The Palo Alto girls finished second and the boys fourth at the annual Palo Alto Section Challenge, held Saturday at Los Altos High.
San Ramon Valley won both titles while scoring 292 points in each meet. The Paly girls tallied 236 and the boys finished with 180.
While the Paly girls had no individual winners, they did have six runner-up finishes.
Sophomore Claire Lin was second in the 50 free with a season best of 24.27 and second in the 100 free in 54.51. She also swam on the second-place 400 free relay team (3:40.04) and third--place 200 free relay squad (1:45.78).
Paly sophomore Zoe Lusk was second in the 200 IM (2:10.28) and swam on the runner-up 200 medley relay (1:51.04) and 400 free relay. Elizabeth Wilkinson was second in the 100 breast (1:10.23) and Sofia Sigrist was runner-up in the 500 free (5:16.60).
For the boys, senior Andrew Cho led Paly efforts with a personal best of 50.79 in the 100 back for second place. It was one of the fastest times in school history. He also led off the second-place 200 medley relay (1:40.38).
Paly freshman Aaron Kuo was the lone individual winner as he took the 500 free in 4:57.14.