Prep report: M-A shines on the track, Paly in the water

Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep competed at the PALY Invite on Saturday. Photo by Jenna Hickey.

Menlo-Atherton's Ethan Mimeles improved his personal best in the 3,200 meters by 15 seconds Saturday at the Serra Top 7 track and field meet, enough to win the event in 9:56.83, highlighting a successful day for both the M-A boys and girls teams.

Karl Zahlhaas-Liebner ran a sub 2-minute 800 for the first time, finishing third with a time of 1:59.11. Teammate Luke Scandlyn pushed him hard, finishing in an even 2:00.00 to place fourth. Their times place them 11th and 12th in school history.

Scandlyn also finished third in the 1,600 in 4:21.16. Bellarmine's Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau, who will run for Stanford in the fall, won the race in 4:17.80.

Speedster Nick Anderson placed in three events for the Bears, running a 15.28 to place second in the 110 hurdles, racing 11.47 to finish sixth in the 100 and leaping 20-5 to place fourth in the long jump.

The Bears 4x400 relay team of Elliott MacDonald, Zahlhaas-Liebner, Luke Scandlyn and Nicholas Hafer finished third in 3:33.12.

M-A's 4x100 relay finished fourth in 45.12 and included Jacob Chavez, Anderson, Julian Verbo and MacDonald.

Sacred Heart Prep's Kyle Schott went 41-0 to finish fifth in the triple jump and then joined teammates Max Cluss, Calvin Katz and Axel de Vernou to place eight in the 4x400 relay in 3:44.94. Cluss ran ninth for the Gators in the 1,600 with a time of 4:31.54.

Woodside's Christian Canellos finished fourth in the 400 meters in 53.43.

On the girls side, the 4x100 team of Autriyana Hardy, Jessica Eagle, Malia Latu, and Maggie Hall won the event in 49.02, improving their Central Coast Section leading time and moving into fifth on the school's all-time list.

Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert placed second in both the 800 (2:20.24) and 1,600 (5:10.42) while teammate Keemya Bashiri finished a strong seventh in the 1,600 with a time of 5:22.27. Woodside resident Anna Mokkapati, running for The King's Academy, was third in the 800, right on the heels of Lambert with a time of 2:20.26.

Jessica Eagle finished second in the 200 meters in 25.70, .06 seconds behind the winner. She was followed by teammate Maggie Hall in third (26.17).

The M-A 1,600 relay team of Brooke Olesen, Sara Osterberg, Aster Kibrom and Lena Kalotihos placed sixth in 4:22.70.

The Bears also had a pair of sixth-place finishers in field events. Keegan Shaw went 16-0 1/2 in the long jump and Hannah MacLeod tied for sixth in the high jump with a best of 4-8.


Jack Callaghan and Jack Mumford went 1-2 in the 1-meter diving, Justin Cheok and Aaron Kuo each placed second and the Palo Alto boys team finished second to De La Salle, 275-243, at the PALY Invite on Saturday.

Callaghan scored a 491.80 and Mumford scored 377.40 giving the Vikings valuable points. Kuo swam 4:57.07 and teammate Marcus Hong went 5:02.27 to finish 2-3 in the 500 free. Cheok was second in the 100 breast in 1:01.37.

Sacred Heart Prep placed third in the meet with 224 1/2 points. The Gators were led by a second-place finish in each the 200 yard free relay and the 400 free relay. SHP was fourth in the 200 medley relay.

Luke Rohen, Andrew Churukian, Alexander Nemeth and Larsen Weigle comprised the 200 free relay that finished in 1:30.00. Will Connelly took over from Nemeth to help the Gators race 3:17.87 in the 400 free relay.

The Palo Alto girls ran away with the title, 290-202, over Leland. Sacred Heart Prep finished fifth with 158 points and Castilleja also sent a handful of competitors.

Zoe Lusk swam on Paly's 400 free relay team that won in 3:41.75 and placed in the top 3 of two other events, third in the 100 fly in 59.24 and second in the 100 back 59.50, her first time swimming the backstroke this year.

Sacred Heart Prep's Shane Reinstein stole a slice of the limelight, beating Paly's Claire Lin the 100 free, 53.12-54.26. Lin was third in the 50 free in 24.47.

Lin also swam on both the 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams. Paly's Katie Milne was second in the 200 free in 2:03.82. SHP's Jessica Calderoni was fourth in 2:05.14. Paly's Mary Wilkinson was third in the 500 free in 5:22.80.

Palo Alto's Alice Saparov won the diving event with a score of 470.35 while Castilleja's Saayili Budhiraja scored 300.20, good for fourth.


Tommy Barnds scored three times and recorded an assist and the Sacred Heart boys team held off host Monte Vista, 7-6, in Danville on Saturday in a nonleague contest.

Billy Barnds added a pair of goals, Cody Weibe had 10 saves and Joey Dahlkemper was 12 of 15 on face-offs.

The Gators (13-2) host Mitty in a West Catholic Athletic League contest Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

The Menlo-Atherton girls team split a pair of games in Arizona over the weekend. The Bears lost to undefeated Chaparral in Scottsdale, 12-5, on Friday and then beat Pinnacle in Phoenix, 7-3, on Saturday.

Audrey Koran four three goals for the Bears (5-7) against Chaparral and Annie Payne scored three against Pinnacle.

The Bears travel to Sacred Heart Prep for a West Bay Athletic League match on Tuesday at 4 p.m.


Shiva Bucklin had three hits and Mike Panitchipakdi and Aiden Everett each drove in a run but Gunn dropped a 14-3 nonleague game to host Homestead on Saturday.

The Titans (10-6) travel to Saratoga for a SCVAL El Camino Division showdown at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Both teams are 5-1 in league play.

Boys volleyball

Giorgio Bacchin recorded 10 digs, 14 assists and five aces but Sacred Heart Prep fell to host The King's Academy, 25-21, 25-23, 16-25, 22-25, 15-10, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League match on Friday.

Kevin Molumphy added 16 digs for the Gators (9-8, 4-6), who travel to Scotts Valley for a nonleague match at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Jack Loftus added 11 digs and Garrett Pinkston had five blocks for Sacred Heart Prep, which lost its second straight after winning six of its previous eight.

Boys tennis

Sacred Heart Prep swept the three doubles matches but then was swept in the four singles matches, losing at Cupertino, 4-3, in a nonleague match Friday.

The Gators (6-11) host Nueva at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in a West Bay Athletic League match.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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