Paly wins the track and field battle over rival Gunn


Palo Alto swept its track and field dual meet Wednesday with visiting Gunn. The boys had an easy time of it in an 94-33 victory. The girls meet was more competitive with Palo Alto ending up on top by a 69-57 margin.

The Paly boys finished the dual-meet undefeated, giving Vikings coach Michael Davidson his first league title.

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In the boys meet, Palo Alto’s depth in the distance races was a highlight. The Vikings had a 27-0 advantage in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Kent Slaney won the 800 in 2:03.86, followed by Kai Oda (2:04.18) and Aashai Avadhani (2:04.44).

Henry Saul, who won the 1,600 in 4:28.52, placed fourth in the 800 in 2:07.93. Reed Foster (4:35.19) and Naveen Pai (4:35.74) were second and third in the 1,600.

In the 3,200 it was Slaney (10:04.69), followed by Samuel Craig (10:17.98) and Pai (10:36.95).

Foster also won the 400 (52.71). Slaney was second in 53.29.

Darby Felter led a Paly sweep in the 110 high hurdles in 15.69.

Andy Maltz provided a highlight for Gunn, taking first place and leading a sweep in the shot put with a mark of 47-10.

Maltz took second in the discus at 111-9, behind teammate Jason Knight-Han (116-8).

In the girls meet, Margaret Redfield was a triple winner for Gunn in the high jump (5-0), discus (87-7) and triple jump (33-6). Joyce Shea won the 1,600 (5:21.42) and 3,200 (11:50.14).

But Palo Alto’s depth, particularly in the sprints, was too much for the Titans to overcome.

Maya Reuven was a double winner in the 100 (12.62) and 200 (26.29). Titilola Bolarinwa won the 400 in 59.33.

Freshman Ella Ball got in some endurance work, moving up to the 800 and taking first in 2:26.06, just ahead of Gunn’s Natalie Hill (2:26.12).

“There was a brutal wind, making it a tough day for good times,’’ Davidson said. “I let some seniors do different events. Overall I am pleased. We are looking forward to next week.’’

The De Anza Division trials and finals take place Tuesday and Thursday at Milpitas.


At Menlo-Atherton on Wednesday, triple winner Terrance Matthews-Murphy led the Bears to a 92-39 victory over Aragon on the boys side. M-A won all but one event. The Aragon girls edged M-A, 70-65.

Matthews-Murphy threw the discus 150-10, winning the event by over 18 feet. Noah Ngalu, who won the shot put, place second. Matthews-Murphy also won the 100, 200 and was part of the winning 400 relay team with Jonathon Woodland, Elliott MacDonald and Andrew Scoffone, who won the 110 hurdles.

Luke Scandlyn won the 800, the 1,600 and ran in the winning 1,600 relay team with Scott Macdonald, Karl Zahlhaas-Liebner and 400 winner Rohan Depuy.

Tate Tussing placed first in the long jump and 300 hurdles and second in the 110 hurdles. Owen Waldron took the triple jump.

The M-A girls won half the events and owned the sprints but Aragon scored big in the distance races and won all the field events with the exception of the high jump, which was won by M-A's Kalina Zanelli.

Jessica Eagle and Autriyana Hardy finished 1-2 in the 100, Maggie Hall led 1-2-3 finish in the 200 and Brooke Olesen, who finished second in the 200, led a sweep of the 400. Hall was second followed by Olivia Shane.

Olesen, Hall, Eagle and Charlotte Schroeder made up the victorious 400 relay. Lena Kalotihos joined Shane, Schroeder and Hardy in winning the 1,600.

Megan St. John led a sweep of the 300 hurdles despite Schroeder's absence from the event. Zanelli was second, followed by Sarah Kahle.

Menlo-Atherton hosts the PAL finals next Friday.

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