Gunn's Freeman a double winner at meet in Los Gatos

The girls 4x100 team of (l. to r.) Autriyana Hardy, Lauren Collinsworth, Jessica Eagle and Maggie Hall won the event with a time of 48.23. It was the fastest time in CCS this year and places them 3rd in school history. Photo by John Hale.

Jared Freeman went into Saturday’s Top 8 meet at Los Gatos with some of the top marks in the Central Coast Section in both the shot put and the discus.

He didn’t disappoint.

Moorea Mitchell

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Freeman solidified his standing as the top thrower in the CCS by pulling off a double win, taking the shot put at 52-7 and the discus at 167-8.

Now the goal is to repeat as a double winner at the CCS finals and advance to the state meet.

“That’s the plan,’’ Freeman said.

Max Gurevitz of Los Gatos took over the top spot in the shot put in the CCS rankings with a throw of 54-2 ¼ last week at Arcadia. Freeman, whose best mark on the season is 53-1, came out on top Saturday, 52-7 to 51-7.

Freeman has the best mark in the discus by a little over 12 feet, having thrown 172-0 at Arcadia, the No. 2 mark in Gunn history.

Menlo-Atherton’s Noa Ngalu has the No. 2 mark in the CCS at 159-7, which he reached in a dual meet against Aragon. Ngalu was fifth at Top 8 with a mark of 149-10.

Freeman, who stands fifth on the Gunn list in the shot put, wants to continue to improve his personal bests as the season unfolds.

“I need to continue to perfect my form and just keep training,’’ Freeman said.

Freeman scored all 20 points for Gunn, which finished eighth overall.

The M-A girls 4x100 relay team had a big breakthrough with a first-place finish in 48.23, the fastest time in the CCS this season by a significant margin. Monta Vista, at 48.61, came in second Saturday with the second-fastest time of the season.

M-A’s Jessica Eagle won the girls 100 in 12.23, just off her season best of 12.20. Eagle came back to take fourth in the 200 in 25.47.

M-A had four girls in the top 11 in that race. Autriyana Hardy placed fifth (25.87), Maggie Hall, the CCS champion in the 200 a year ago, was eighth (26.06), and Malia Latu 11th (26.32). Latu was also eighth in the 400 in 59.84.

M-A’s Sara Osterberg came in second in the 3,200 (11:04.00) and third in the 1,600 (5:07.81), as the M-A girls finished second with 41 points, behind Los Altos.

Gunn’s Ria Sood ran a personal-best 45.94, her first time under 46 seconds, to take second in the 300 hurdles.

Castilleja’s Moorea Mitchell extended her personal best in the shot put with a mark of 39-4 ½, good for third place. She also placed seventh in the discus at 107-1.

Sacred Heart Prep’s Max Cluss came in fifth in the 800 in 1:57.00 and seventh in the 1,600 (4:21.07).

Bearcat Invitational

Several Menlo School athletes competed at the Bearcat Invitational at San Mateo High.

Alexandra Chan was a double winner, by a wide margin in the 100 hurdles (15.27), and also won the 300 hurdles (47.93).

Michelle Louie won the girls 400 in 59.21. Lauren Hamilton placed second in the girls 200 with a time of 26.17.

Kamran Murray won the boys 3,200 in 10:33.40. Ayinde Olukotun came in second in the 200 (23.13) and seventh in the 400 (52.37).

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