Nick Anderson won two events during Menlo-Atherton's PAL track and field dual meet with host Sequoia on Wednesday, including setting a personal best in winning the 100 meters in 11.35.
The Bears lost the boys meet, 83 1/2-52 1/2 and lost the girls meet, 75-61. None of it seemed normal though. Not after going through a lockdown on the M-A campus earlier in the afternoon.
"The lockdown had a large impact on many of the students, parents, teachers, and our track and field team," M-A track and field coach Alan Perry wrote in an e-mail. "The decision to still compete was an attempt to return to our normal routine and have all members of the M-A Track and Field community have a chance to distract themselves from the events with an activity they enjoy. I'm extremely proud of how our athletes responded to the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of the day."
Noa Ngalu won the shot put and discus and Cole Mediratta won the 1,600 meters for the Bears. Ngalu went 42-4 in the shot put and 132-7 in the discus. Mediratta ran 4:38.76 in the 1,600.
Anderson's 15.27 in the 110 hurdles, nearly a full second slower than the PR he set at last weekend's Stanford Invitational. He raced 14.68 during the preliminaries of the 110 hurdles, which is the second-fastest time in the Central Coast Section this year. He qualified for the final but a false start prevented him from placing.
On the girls side, Menlo-Atherton swept the 100 meters but without Jessica Eagle, who raced 12.31 in the prelims of the event at Stanord, also the second-fastest time in the CCS. She ran 12.35 in the finals. Teammate Maggie Hall went 12.77 in the prelims.
Against Sequoia, freshman Malia Latu won in 13.15, followed by Autriyana Hardy at 13.31 and Brooke Olesen at 13.43.
Eagle did run, and won, the 200 in 26.76. She was followed, in order, by Hardy (27.0), Lati (27.07) and Olesen (27.19).
M-A's Maile Coberly won the 100 hurdles in 18.25.
The M-A girls also won both relays. The 4x100 relay team of Olesen, Eagle, Latu and Hall ran 49.35, faster than the 49.76 the team ran in the prelims of the Stanford Invitational, a considerable achievement.
The 4x400 relay team of Dina Kibrom, Sara Ostertag, Lena Kalotihos and Aster Dibrom was a bit slower in 4:27.08, as compared to the 4:06.70 ran at Stanford.
In an unofficial "final" to the weather-hampered Bay Area Classic, the Menlo boys' tennis team defeated Monta Vista at 4-2 home Thursday.
The Knights (18-0) tried for weeks to host the 16-team tournament with some of the best in the state, but storms pushed the date out so far that now, with teams deep in the season, schedules are full. Menlo and Monta Vista got a match in just in time.
Senior Siddharth Chari, junior Andrei Volgin, and sophomore Brandon Aprill picked up singles wins. Seniors Clark Safran and Bo Leschly teamed for a win at No. 1 doubles.
Menlo next plays at Pinewood on Monday, April 16.
Menlo School jumped to an early lead and then sailed past The Bishop's School-La Jolla, 17-8, in a nonconference match Thursday.
The Knights (6-3) travel to San Diego County for games against Carlsbad and Santa Fe Christian on Monday and Tuesday.
Against The Bishop's, sophomore Ryan Young posted five goals and had two assists. Senior Silas Stewart scored twice, assisted on three others while sophomore Henry Wernikoff notched four goals.
Sophomores Samson Axe collected a hat trick, and Finn Leschly had a goal, assist and 11 ground balls. Freshman Theo Kim posted six saves while junior Conor McCusker won 11 face-offs.