A mile here, a mile there add up to Paly school track mark


Palo Alto High’s milers got a taste of big-time competition at the Arcadia Invitational.

The Vikings placed 12th Friday night in the invitational 4x1,600 relay with a school-record time of 17:54.68.

Reed Foster led off with a 4:33 split. Sam Craig ran second and was timed in 4:26. Naveen Pai ran 4:32 and Kent Slaney anchored in 4:23. They broke the previous school record by more than 15 seconds.

“I think they can run faster,’’ Palo Alto coach Michael Davidson said. “They lost a few seconds in traffic.’’

Sophomore Henry Saul was left off the Paly relay team to keep him fresh for Saturday’s Rising Stars Mile. Saul placed seventh in a personal-best 4:25.77.

Menlo School’s Robert Miranda ran a time of 9:12.12 in the boys 3,200, the second-fastest time in the CCS this season. Teammate Alexandra Chan ran a time of 15.39 in the girls 100 hurdles.

The Castilleja 4x800 relay team, comprised of Cosi Layton, Tevah Gevelber, Lauren Traum and Claire Traum, placed sixth in its heat in 9:37.94.

Palo Alto had teams in both the boys and girls 4x400 relays. The boys team of Sherwin Ashbaugh, Thorin Hausecker, Tanner Newell and Brian Kagiri was clocked in 3:30.31. The girls team of Ella Ball, Brianna Miller, Adee Newman and Titi Bolarinwa ran 4:06.85.

Michel-Ange Slaba came in eighth in the boys triple jump with a season-best 44-4 1/2.

“We expect him to be in the high 45s or 46 by the end of the season,’’ Davidson said. “There are a couple of mechanical things he needs to work on the next couple of weeks.’’

Woodside’s Whitney Suelflohn took first place in the girls 400 at the De Anza-Cupertino Invite with a time of 1:01.25.

— Glenn Reeves/Palo Alto Online Sports

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