Paly track and field teams get some distance on Milpitas


The Palo Alto boys track and field team improved to 3-0 in SCVAL competition with a fairly easy, 90-37, victory over visiting Milpitas on Tuesday.

The Palo Alto girls, however, needed some big points out of its group of distance runners to outscore the Trojans, 72-55. The Vikings had an overwhelming 35-1 advantage in the 400 through the 3,200.

Ella Ball
Julie Doubson was a double winner in the 800 and 1,600. Zoe Douglas won the 3,200 and Titilola Bolarinwa, one of the top quarter-milers in the CCS, won the 400 in 1:00.33. Freshman Ella Ball followed Bolarinwa across the finish line in 1:01.34.

Bolarinwa has a best of 59.03 on the season.

“She is just learning how to run the 400,’’ Palo Alto coach Michael Davidson said. “I have high hopes for her. We’re hoping for a sub-55 time by the end of the season.’’

Davidson said he is also expecting a time in the 54 to 56-second range for Ball, a two-time national Junior Olympic qualifier. Ball has a best of 59.78 on the season.

Freshman Brianna Miller (1:03.66) and junior Adee Newman (1:04.69) also turned in respectable times, taking fourth and fifth against Milpitas. So, it’s easy to see that the Vikings have the potential to run a sub-4:00 time for the 4x400 relay, a time that would definitely send them to the state meet.

Palo Alto has terrific depth among its boys distance runners. Kent Slaney (4:39.28), Reed Foster (4:41.42) and Samuel Craig (4:42.32) swept the 1,600 without straining too much.

“They were saving some energy for the Stanford Invitational,’’ Davidson said of the meet which takes place this weekend.

Naveen Pai and Craig went 1-2 in the 3,200. Slaney ran 1:59.79 to take second in the 800.

Darby Felter was a double winner in the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.00) and high jump (5-8). He also took second in the 110 high hurdles in 16.18.

Michel-Ange Siaba added three victories to the cause, winning the discus at 110-1, the long jump at 20-6 3/4, and the triple jump at 42-5 1/2.

"He is definitely poised to jump 46 (in the triple jump),'' Davidson said. "He's a young, powerful athlete and is pretty versatile. He may be a decathlete at a later stage.''

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