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Sports - May 16, 2014

Robinson will triple once again

Gunn standout will compete in 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at SCVAL Championships

by Keith Peters

The question is will she or won't she? And the answer? She will. That would be Gunn senior Sarah Robinson's decision on what to run at the SCVAL Championship Meet on Friday at Santa Clara High.

Robinson, who pulled off a remarkable triple at last week's SCVAL De Anza Division Track and Field Championships at Gunn High, was expected to drop one of her events and concentrate on just one or two for the remainder of the season.

Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer says not so fast. Robinson will run the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in the qualifier, where the top six finishers (plus those achieving automatic qualifying marks) in each event advance to the Central Coast Section semifinals on May 24 at San Jose City College.

"She is going to run all three at this meet and then we will decide," said Plumer.

Robinson qualified for the CIF State Meet last year in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Obviously, a triple at that level is pretty much unheard of.

Robinson's three wins at the league finals put the Titans in position to earn a share of the league title, but Gunn came up short in a few other areas and lost to Los Gatos. The dual-meet champ Wildcats scored 142 points while Gunn tallied 133 as Robinson put on one of the finest distance displays in league history.

She opened with a 4:58.14 victory in the 1,600, a rather pedestrian time for her. But, she had to conserve her energy for two more races.

"The plan was for a hard 800 and the rest was for points," explained Plumer. "Sarah had a great day."

Robinson ran even splits in the 800 and won by more than eight seconds in 2:11.09. That broke the meet record of 2:15.81 by Paly's Mia Lattanzi in 2008 and eclipsed the Gunn record of 2:11.36 by Kieran Gallagher in 2010. The time ranks Robinson No. 5 in the state this season.

Robinson closed out her record-breaking day by winning the 3,200 in 10:42.94. That broke the mark of 10:49.50 set by Gunn's Tori Tyler in 2005. Robinson holds the school mark with a 10:16.98 run earlier this year. Thus, she owns school marks in all three events.

Despite Robinson's effort, the Gunn girls just missed overtaking favored Los Gatos.

"We almost pulled it off (again)," Plumer said. "Otherwise, great day!"

Gunn sophomore Maya Miklos lowered her own school record and broke the meet record with a 42.87 victory in the 300 hurdles. That ranks Miklos No. 9 in the state and No. 3 in the CCS. Miklos also was third in the 100 hurdles with a personal best of 15.34 and ran a leg on Gunn's third-place 1,600 relay team.

The Titans, however, had some handoff problems in the opening 400 relay and would up fifth despite a solid anchor leg by Miklos. Los Gatos won with a meet record of 47.89 with Palo Alto second in 49.42.

Gunn senior Adriana Noronha had a pair of personal bests while winning the shot put (39-9) and discus (125-8). Teammates Jenae Pennywell (12.60) and Robin Peter (12.65) were second and third, respectively, in the 100; sophomore Gillian Meeks took second in the 1,600 (5:06.15); and freshman Lindsay Maggioncalda added a second in the discus (109-10) and third in the shot put (34-7) for added points.

Palo Alto's lone victory came from Anna Dukovic in the high jump at 5-0.

In the boys' meet, defending champion Palo Alto was solid in the sprints but came up short in the field events and scored 86 points to finish third behind Los Gatos (100) and Los Altos (95). Gunn was fourth with 68 points.

Palo Alto performed well where expected. In the 400 relay, the Vikings won in 43.38 despite a slow start. Eli Givens turned in a great second leg to put Paly in position to win. Gunn was second in 44.16.

Senior Nick Sullivan, who anchored the relay, came back to win the 400 in a season-best 49.14 and edged Givens in the 200, 22.12 to 22.13. Givens took the 100 in 10.90, an event where he leads the CCS at 10.77.

The Vikings also took the 1,600 relay with a season best of 3:26.05 with the foursome of Tommy Vonghom, Dami Bolarinwa, Givens and Sullivan.

Gunn got a victory in the discus from Aron Sarmasi at 138-0 while teammate Tommy Farley took the shot put at 45-3, with teammate Frederick Li second at 44-8 1/2. Senior Sean Lydster added a pair of thirds in the 100 (11.28) and 300 intermediate hurdles (40.39).

The SCVAL Championship Meet will get under way with field events at 4:30 p.m. Running begins at 5 p.m., with the last event scheduled to go off at 8:10 p.m.

The Peninsula Athletic League Championships will continue Saturday at Terra Nova High in Pacifica at 11 a.m. A handful of finals in the field events were held last weekend, putting the Menlo-Atherton boys into a three-way tie for second with 10 points while the M-A girls are third with 16. They are the defending champs.

M-A freshman Kalina Zanelli won the girls high jump with a leap of 4-10. She won on fewer misses. Deverick Meacham won the boys long jump at 21-5.

Top qualifiers for the M-A girls included Annalisa Crowe in the 1,600 (5:21.56) and 800 (2:21.12) plus Kathryn Mohr in the 100 (13.17). For the M-A boys, Meacham was the top qualifier in the 100 (11.54) and Zach Plante led the way in the 200 (23.10) in addition to being No. 2 in the 400 (49.64).

The West Bay Athletic League Championships will be Saturday at Gunn High, starting at 9:30 a.m. The Menlo School girls and Sacred Heart Prep boys are the defending champions.

Maddy Price should defend her titles in the 200 and 400 after qualifying No. 1 in both at last weekend's trials. She still ranks No. 2 in the state in the metric quartermile. Other defending champs include Menlo's Mackenzie Duffner in the 100 hurdles, Chloe Eackles in the high jump and the Menlo 400 relay team.

For the boys, SHP's Daniel Hill was the top qualifier in the 1,600 (4:35.86), Griffin Kraemer was No. 1 in the 100 (11.22) and Priory's Ross Corey led the 800 in 2:02.91.•


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