The distance medley relay isn’t exactly at the forefront of the casual track fan’s consciousness, but it’s a lot of fun for dedicated distance runners looking for a break in their training routine.
After all, how often does someone get to run a competitive 1,200?
The Palo Alto High team of Sam Craig (1,200), Brian Kagiri (400), Reed Foster (800) and Kent Slaney (1,600) set a school record at the Stanford Invitational, finishing third in 10:34.33.
They’ve bettered the school record by 25 seconds this season and improved by five seconds over the time the team ran at the Firebird Relays the week before.
“There’s still a lot left in them to go faster,’’ Palo Alto coach Michael Davidson said.
They’ll get another chance to go faster next weekend at the Arcadia Invitational.
Paly’s distance group also competed in individual events. Slaney ran 4:21.47 and Craig 4:28.61 in the mile. Henry Saul was clocked in 8:55.93 in the 3,000, Naveen Pai in 9:08.86. Gunn’s Jonas Enders ran 9:15.26.
Saul will run in the Rising Stars Mile at Arcadia.
Menlo-Atherton’s Terrance Matthews-Murphy placed sixth in the discus at 150-8.
Paly's Michel-Ange Siaba placed eighth in the triple jump at 43-1.
On the girls side, Palo Alto’s Titi Bolarinwa was ninth overall in the 400 in 58.95. Freshman Ella Ball finished 12th in 59.49.
Gunn’s Joyce Shea was eighth in her section of the 3,000 in 10:31.30.
Castilleja’s Claire Traum recorded times of 2:17.07 in the 800 (11th) and 1:01.04 in the 400. Menlo School’s Alexandra Chan ran 15.52 in the 100 hurdles (11th).
Menlo-Atherton’s 4x400 relay team was 10th overall in 4:03.96. In the 4x100, M-A was 12th (50.03), Palo Alto 15th (50.75) and Menlo School 18th (50.85).
Outside hitter Michael Mooring recorded 11 kills, libero Ryan Bair had 21 digs and Sacred Heart Prep downed visiting Santa Clara, 25-18, 25-15, 25-22, Saturday in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division match.
Garrett Pinkston added four kills and five blocks for the Gators (6-10, 1-5), who travel to The King's Academy for a 6:15 p.m. match Tuesday. Kevin Molumphy had 12 assists and four blocks.
In the Sacred Heart Cathedral tournament Saturday, Eastside College Prep fell to Leland, 25-19, 25-14. The Gators (1-8) play at Fremont for a 6:30 p.m match Wednesday.
St. Francis completed a 5-0 run through the Granite Bay tournament to capture the title and remain undefeated on the season at 1-0.
Middle blocker Cameron Allen was named tournament MVP and setter Curtis Reitmeir joined him on the all-tournament team.