M-A's Crowe leads a parade of school track records


Before she is done, Menlo-Atherton senior Annalisa Crowe should be considered the top middle-distance runner in school history. The record book will prove that out.

Crowe broke a pair of school records on Saturday as she clocked

5:02.40 to win the mile at the annual St. Francis Invitational in Mountain View.

The time broke the mile mark of 5:02.5 by Laurie Andeen in 1987. When converted to the 1,600, Crowe's time of 5:00.65 surpassed Andeen's 5:02.6 mark in the same season.

The oldest school record remaining is also within Crowe's reach. That would be the 2:11.48 by Norah Williams in 1983. Crowe ranks No. 2 with a 2:12.17 from 2014 and ran 2:12.37 on Thursday in a dual meet.

Crowe's day at St. Francis also included anchoring the Bears' distance medley relay to second place in 12:38.69.

The second school record of the day came in the girls' 800 sprint medley relay. The team of Logan Maines, Kathryn Mohr, Maggie Hall and Olivia Shane clocked 1:52.24 while finishing second.

Hall, who ran 58.04 in the 400 on Thursday to move to 5th all-time at M-A, finished third in the 100 (12.45) at St. Francis and ran legs on the third-place 400 relay (49.57, fifth in school history) and a leg on the fifth-place 1,600 relay that was anchored by Crowe.

Elsewhere for the M-A girls, Mohr was third in the pole vault (11-3), which was won by Stanford-bound Erika Malaspina at 12-9. Cat DePuy was second in the 3,000 in 10:50.93, a 20-second improvement on her personal best. The race was won by Natalie Novitsky of Sacred Heart Prep in 10:38.91. Gunn's Illi Gardner was third in 10:58.07.

Emma Sternfield of Paly was second in the high jump at 5-0 and third in the 100 hurdles in 16.26.

In the boys' competition, Jordan Mims of M-A won the 400 in 49.77 and ran a leg on the sprint medley relay team that won in a school record of 1:36.11 with the team of Marquise Reid, Terrance Matthews-Murphy and Jack Gray. M-A finished third in the team scoring with 37 points.

Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney was second in the 800 in 1:58.61.


Palo Alto finished off a four-win week by rolling past visiting Gunn, 10-2, in nonleague action Saturday.

The Vikings (17-3-1) banged out 10 hits with Ben Cleasby getting three of them, including a triple and double, while accounting for three RBI.

Paly pulled away with five runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Justin Hull, an RBI single by Owen Plambeck, a sacrifice fly by Lawrence Han, and a two-run double by Cleasby.

The Vikings grabbed a 4-0 in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a two-run double by Han plus two singles.

Jeremy Akioka and Ryan Chang combined to limit Gunn to seven hits, two by Josh Radin.

After getting off to a 1-8 start to begin the season, Sacred Heart Prep has been fighting an uphill battle. But, the Gators are gaining, a step at a time and now have won six of their past seven games.

The latest victory came Saturday morning, a 5-1 nonleague triumph over SCVAL De Anza Division leader Los Gatos on the road. SHP pounded out 10 hits -- two each by Schafer Kraemer, Jack Molumphy and Sean Clark -- to support Michael York's standout pitching. He tossed the first five frames, limiting the Wildcats to just two hits and one earned run.

"We have played well against good teams as of late," said SHPcoach Anthony Granato. "I would say confidence and adjustments have been the biggest reasons for our turnaround. Our pitching has been there, but confidence has really boosted our defensive play and allowed our pitchers to settle in.

"Because of our youth and lack of varsity experience, I think it just took some time for our guys to feel confident competing at a high level. Offensively we aren't the strongest team out there, but when we adjust to our opponents and commit to quality at bats, we give ourselves opportunities to get those timely hits."


Palo Alto seniors Reed Merritt and Mimi Lin swept individual honors at the Palo Alto Invitational on Saturday at Homestead High.

Merritt, second at the CCS finals last year, won with a score of 460.55. Lin, the defending section champ, won with 526.35 points.

Paly's Jack Callaghan was sixth with 358.35 points. For the girls, Vivian Zhou of Gunn was fourth with 438.45 and Alice Saparov of Paly was sixth with 390.45 points.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports

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