Chan hurdles to a personal best at Sacramento meet

Senior Alexandra Chan finished third in the Invitational 100 hurdles as she eclipsed her own school record with a league-best 14.64. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Atheltics.

Menlo sophomore Alexandra Chan followed a solid effort in the afternoon with an even better performance at night Saturday during the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College.

Chan was one of several Knights to make the trip, including Charlotte Tomkinson, Kyra Pretre, Marisa Castagna and Michelle Louie.

Sacred Heart Prep's Max Cluss and Calvin Katz participated in both the 800 and 1,600 meter races and Woodside resident Isabelle Cairns, a sophomore at St. Francis, ran a productive 800 meters.

Woodside resident and The King's Academy sophomore Anna Mokkapati competed in the 1,600, though her best event is the 3,200.

Tomkinson, Cairns and Pretre, in that order, own the Central Coast Section's top three 800 times.

Chan placed ninth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.57 during the afternoon session, a time that puts her on the top 10 CCS list.

During the evening Invitational meet, Chan upped her game, racing a personal best 14.64 to place third in the 100 hurdles. She jumped into second on the CCS list from ninth.

"After my warm up, going into the race, I block out everything around me, and at that point it’s just me and my lane of hurdles," Chan said. "I’ve learned how you need to go into a race with the confidence that you can do this."

Tomkinson crossed the finish line of the Invitational 400 in fourth with a personal best of 57.19, second fastest in the CCS to date.

Louie placed fifth in 200 in 26.28 and 12th in the 100 in 12.51. Her 100 time was good enough to tie for ninth in the CCS. Louie is also ninth in the 200.

Pretre was seventh in the Invitational 1600, clocking 5:07.27, off her personal best of 5:01.73, which is third-best in the section, just ahead of Tomkinson Castagna finished 14th in the 800 in 2:24.29.

Chan had raced against some of the top hurdlers before at meets before, including at Arcadia and the Stanford Invitational, where she set her previous best of 15.13.

"I am very happy with my improvement," Chan said. "It gives me more confidence and motivation moving forward to the championship part of our season."

Menlo will be heavily favored to repeat as West Bay Athletic League girls champions. The WBAL trials are scheduled for The King's Academy on April 30.

Cluss, who is ranked tenth in the CCS, finished tenth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:39.89. Katz was 13th in 4:48.80.

The pair also ran in the 800, with Cluss timed at 2:00.47, just off his personal best of 1:57.00, which ranks him eighth in the section. Katz was 13th in 2:01.05.

Cairns was third in the 800 with a time of 2:14.60 while Mokkapati ran the 1,600 in 5:24.60.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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