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SHP, Gunn girls; Menlo boys win their lacrosse matches

Woodside distance runners highlight track and field meet

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Menlo senior Finn Leschly had five goals and an assist in Wednesday's match with Sacred Heart Cathedral. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Freshman Emily Leschin scored four goals, junior Genna Gibbons scored twice and added four assists and Sacred Heart Prep downed visiting Los Gatos 11-5 in a non-league girls lacrosse match Wednesday.

Freshman Iris O'Connor added three goals for the Gators (2-0), who are scheduled to play at Piedmont on Friday night. Kalista Hurel also scored twice.

Freshman Lauren Hall recorded seven saves for SHP while sophomore Gabby Galletti made three saves.

Sacred Heart Prep won the regular season West Bay Athletic League title and then fell to Menlo School in the WBAL tournament final.

This year, the Central Coast Section is tentatively scheduled to sponsor a tournament for lacrosse for the first time.

Gunn opened Santa Clara Athletic League play with a 17-1 victory over host Wilcox on Wednesday.

Sophia Stern scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Titans (1-1, 1-0), who had their game at St. Francis at 7 p.m. Friday canceled.

Kate Williams, Irene Kim and Chloe Li, who had five ground balls, each recorded a hat trick while Tess Flinchbaugh and Lotem Efrat each added a pair of goals.

Williams also had two assists, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Irene Kim added 11 draw controls.

Boys lacrosse

Harvard-bound Finn Leschly scored five goals and added an assist and Menlo beat visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral 20-1 in a West Catholic Athletic League opener Wednesday.

Ryan Young, who is headed for Lafayette in the fall, also had five goals. Junior Davis Mead had a hat trick and two assists.

Junior Theo Kim made 10 saves, and senior Brendan Murphy, who is set to play for Franklin & Marshall, was 16 of 17 on face-offs and had 11 groundballs and freshman Brayden Stroh was 4 of 6 on face-offs. Chris d'Alencon had four assists.

Boys tennis

On Tuesday, Sacred Heart Prep edged visiting Pinewood 4-3 in a West Bay Athletic League match.

Aarav Chandrasekar and Luke Pisani won their singles matches while the Gators No. 1 doubles team of Samuel Lim and Tristan Zerber and the No. 3 team of senior Antonio Clegg-Gonzalez and sophomore Kavin Ravi won to clinch the victory.

Sacred Heart Prep (2-3, 2-3) is scheduled to play The Nueva School at the Broadway Tennis Club in Burlingame at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Pinewood's top two singles players Jason Rowe and Peter Schusser earned wins and Frank Liu and Justin Strangenes won at No. 2 doubles. Pinewood (0-5) travels to play Harker at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

In the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton rebounded from its first loss in seven years with a 7-0 victory over visiting Mills on Tuesday.

Luke Jensen, playing at No. 1 singles, set the tone with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. The four M-A singles players combined to drop a mere seven games.

In doubles play, Mills was able to take one game as the Bears (2-1, 2-1) swept.

Kyle Sweeney and Evan Ruiz each won third set tie-breakers to help Woodside beat host Westmoor, 7-0.

Track and field

The K-Bell Invitational and Aragon Invitational, each scheduled for Saturday, have been canceled due to health guidelines regarding the coronavirus situation.

The St. Francis Invitational has been postponed, with no new date yet. The Firebird Invitational has been tentatively rescheduled for April 11.

The Woodside girls track and field team lost to visiting Terra Nova 68-67 while the Terra Nova boys won 73-63 in a PAL dual meet Wednesday.

Casey Orton and Joshua Peterson were each triple winners for the Wildcat boys. Orton paced the field in the 800 meters (2:11.68), the 1,600 (a PR 4:31.56) and the 3,200 (a PR 10:20.25. Peterson won the 100 meters (11.57), 200 meters (23.49) and the long jump (19-10).

Woodside's Luke Buddie went 5-11 to capture the high jump, Karel Ruiz won the pole vault, clearing 10-6, and the Woodside 4x100 relay team raced a winning time of 45.61.

Sarah Perry also pulled off the 800-1,600-3,200 triple on the girls side, with PR's in the 1,600 and 3,200. Perry went 2:30.67 in the 800, 5:13.46 in the 1,600 and 11:52.20 in the 3,200.

Her competition came from teammates as the Wildcats swept the top three places in all three events. Elle Marsyla was second in the 1,600 and 3,200, both in PRs, and third in the 800. Jordan Deemer was second in the 800 and Elise Arana was third in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Woodside's Isabel De Oliveira won the discus with a throw of 87-11 after winning the pole vault with a mark of 10-0. Teammate Katherine Sheldon went 16-3 in the long jump and 32-8 in the triple jump, winning both events with PRs.

The Woodside 4x400 relay team also finished first, racing 4:25.63.

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