Gunn girls, Paly boys run to second place at SCVAL finals


The Gunn girls and Palo Alto boys did what they had to do and nearly came away titles as a bonus to highlight the SCVAL Championships on Friday at Los Gatos High.

The meet brought together the top finishers from the De Anza Division and El Camino Division league finals, with the goal of advancing to next weekend's Central Coast Section semifinals at Gilroy High.

The CCS semifinals and finals originally were scheduled for San Jose City College, but construction at the school forced the meets to be moved.

The Gunn girls and Paly boys both finished second to Los Gatos, which swept the top spots in the pole vault in both divisions. Had the event not been held, Paly would have won the boys' meet by two points. Instead, the Wildcats outscored the Titans, 103-74, and the Vikings, 106-84.

"Despite the traffic and being Friday the 13th, the meet went really well," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer, who had a pair of double-winners in seniors Gillian Meeks and Maya Miklos.

Meeks won the 1600 (4:56.95) and 3200 (10:45.67) with Miklos taking the 400 (56.12) and 300 hurdles (43.74).

"Both of which were really strong, competitive races," Plumer said of the efforts by Miklos, who won those events at the league finals. Meeks also swept the distance events at leagues.

"The (girls') 4x100 got the meet off to a great start by winning with a great time (48.93) and the 4x4 finished the meet in second with a season best (4:03.72) and No. 4 all-time on the Gunn list!!"

Elsewhere for the girls:

Palo Alto's Catherine Yu set a school record of 15.05 while taking second in the 100 hurdles. That time broke the mark by Stephanie Cheng in 2001. Gunn's Lindsay Maggioncalda qualified in both the shot put and discus as did fellow Gunn senior Amy Watt in the long jump.

In the boys' meet, Paly junior Kent Slaney won the 1,600 (4:22.91) and 3,200 (9:25.59) and Eli Givens had a hand in two wins while speeding to a fast second-place time of 10.77 in the 100. Givens also won the 200 in 21.67, a meet record although no wind reading was available, and helped the 400 relay team win in 42.51.

Gunn junior Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich won the triple jump at 43-4 3/4 and took the high jump at 6-2 to help the Titans finish sixth overall with 36 points.

Other local top qualifiers included Paly's Michel Ange-Siaba in the triple jump at 42-11 3/4, Paly's Austin Cox was second in the long jump at 20-10 1/2 in addition to leading off there 400 relay, Gunn's Andy Maltz had a season best of 49-3 1/4 while taking second in the shot put, Paly's Dami Bolarinwa anchored the 400 relay to victory in addition to taking fourth in the 200 (22.62) and 400 (50.40), Paly's Reed Foster was fourth in the 1,600 (4:24.70) and teammate Naveen Pai was third in the 3,200 (9:33.52).

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Posted by track fan
a resident of Professorville
on May 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

It is absurd that vaulting is counted in SCVAL scoring. It's fine to hold the event at SCVALs and use the marks from the event for CCS qualifications, but when only one of the 14 schools competing in SCVAL has an accessible pole vaulting program, that school is given a free 30 point swing.

Excellent runs by Palo Alto and Gunn, and I hope to see them beat Los Gatos at CCS, where the Gatos pole vaulters will not have the luxury of sweeping the top spots without any competition.

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Posted by Jim H.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 14, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Looking at the team scores, LG would have won even if they hadn't competed in pole vault. LG won boys by 30 points and earned 28 in the pole vault. LG won the girls by 36 with 27 coming from pole vault. Santa Clara also had some female vaulters.

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Posted by Jim H.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm

My mistake. LG won the boys by 29 and girls by 22. So, they would have come in 2nd to Gunn girls w/o pole vault and won the boys.

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Posted by Old coach
a resident of College Terrace
on May 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Note that this meet is not "officially" scored. The official league finals were last week. This meet is technically a CCS qualifying meet and team standings have no bearing on determining league champions or count toward realignment.

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