A busy track and field week ahead for the Peninsula Flyers


Menlo School sophomore Alexandra Chan will be a little busy next week. If everything goes according to schedule, she'll be competing in at least one event a day at the USATF National Olympic Track and Field Championships to be held at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State, beginning Monday and running through Sunday, July 31.

Chan is one of 18 athletes from the Palo Alto-based Peninsula Flyers club who qualified for the meet. She's also one of four Menlo School athletes who qualified.

Other Flyers who will be attending include Tanish Chettier, Peter Fraleigh, Brody Land-McGowen, Caleb Quartey, Christopher Pearson, Alonso Gonsalaz-Villagran, Luke Sage, Adam Sage and Austin Raiff on the boys side.

Joining Chan on the girls side are Sophia Gallo, Amariah Davidson, Ayanna Donwerth, Lena Kalotihos, Elizabeth Vastano, Ella Ball, Amber Fry and Angie Wang.

For Menlo, Robert Miranda, Electa Narasin and Kyla Pretre join Chan at the junior olympics.

Pearson and Kalotihos could compete five days in a row, but what sets Chan apart is that she's entered in the two-day heptathlon that opens competition Monday and Tuesday.

She's also entered in a pair of individual events, the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, and runs in the 1,600 relay.

Pearson will run a difficult triple in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 and also race in the 3,200 relay. Kalothihos is involved in both the 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay in addition to the 800.

The event is in its 50the year, with athletes qualifying through various levels. Competition takes place in six separate age divisions, with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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