Shea doesn't have a lot of base 400 speed, but is so superbly conditioned that she is coming close to her 400 PR in the pace she runs for the longer races she specializes in.
"She is super dedicated,'' Gunn coach Patti Sue Plumer said. "She can't run much faster than a 75 for 400, but I'm sure she'll get down to 5:10 (for the 1,600) by the end of the season. Heck, I wouldn't be shocked if she runs 5:05, and that's a 76 pace.''
Plumer believes the best is yet to come for Shea, a junior.
"She can definitely run in college,'' Plumer said. "She's suited for the 5K and the 10K.''
Margaret Redfield is another top performer for the Gunn girls. She won the high jump at 5-2, took second in the triple jump and third in the discus against Lynbrook.
"She barely practices the discus and has still thrown over 80 feet,'' Plumer said. "Amazing athleticism. A silent superstar.''
The high jump is Redfield's specialty. She's cleared 5-4, which puts her in contention for a state meet berth.
"5-4 could make it,'' Plumer said. "It could come down to a five-way tie and whoever has the fewest misses goes on. She will be in the hunt for sure.''
Jonas Enders was a triple winner for the Gunn boys, winning all three distance events. He took the 1,600 (4:40.13) and the 800 in a PR time of 2:04.52.
"I told him, that's enough for the day,'' Plumer said. "You're going to run at Stanford this weekend.''
But he said, ``Don't you want me to run the 3,200? I think I can win all three and when will I have another chance to do that?''
So Plumer relented and let Enders run the 3,200. He won in 10:22.76, just ahead of Lynbrook's Hugo Wu (10:22.94).
The Palo Alto boys team improved to 3-0 in SCVAL competition with a fairly easy, 90-37, victory over visiting Milpitas on Tuesday.
The Palo Alto girls, however, needed some big points out of its group of distance runners to outscore the Trojans, 72-55. The Vikings had an overwhelming 35-1 advantage in the 400 through the 3,200.
Julie Doubson was a double winner in the 800 and 1,600. Zoe Douglas won the 3,200 and Titilola Bolarinwa, one of the top quarter-milers in the CCS, won the 400 in 1:00.33. Freshman Ella Ball followed Bolarinwa across the finish line in 1:01.34.
Bolarinwa has a best of 59.03 on the season.
"She is just learning how to run the 400,'' Palo Alto coach Michael Davidson said. "I have high hopes for her. We're hoping for a sub-55 time by the end of the season.''
Kent Slaney (4:39.28), Reed Foster (4:41.42) and Samuel Craig (4:42.32) swept the 1,600 without straining too much.
"They were saving some energy for the Stanford Invitational,'' Davidson said of the meet which takes place this weekend.
Menlo-Atherton coach Alan Perry was asked about his team's objectives this season.
"Our first big goal is a league championship for varsity boys and girls,'' Perry said. "And then qualifying as many athletes as possible for CCS.''
If the results from Saturday's Firebird Relays are any indication, the Bears look to have a good shot at achieving those goals.
M-A was the overall (varsity boys and girls, frosh-soph boys and girls combined) second-place team at the 13-hour meet at Fremont High, behind only Evergreen Valley.
Terrance Matthews-Murphy placed high in three individual events to pace the M-A boys to a fourth-place finish.
Also a key contributor to the NorCal champion Menlo-Atherton football team, Matthews-Murphy placed third in the 100 (11.33), third in the 200 (22.66) and second in the discus (141-6). A sprinter who also takes part in a throwing event isn't completely unusual at the high school level, but doesn't happen often.
"To be as good as he is is pretty rare,'' Perry said.
Matthews-Murphy has a best of 155 in the discus. His time in the 200 at the Firebird was a PR by a half second.
"The 200 could potentially be his best event,'' Perry said. "He loves throwing the discus. And he runs the second leg on our 4x100 relay.''
Sophomore Luke Scandlyn won the 3,200 in 10:00.45. He's the fourth Scandlyn brother to run for M-A.
The M-A girls are defending PAL Bay champions. In fact M-A (7) and Westmoor (6) have combined to win the last 13 PAL girls titles.
This year's team is loaded in the sprints. Maggie Hall, the team's top sprinter last season as a freshman, has joined the team after soccer season concluded.
With freshman standout Brooke Olesen and sophomore Jessica Eagle already running good sprint times, ``We have some serious depth,'' Perry said.
M-A won the 4x100 relay (50.55) and the 4x200 (1:47.78) at Firebird and took third in the varsity girls team competition.
"Once they get used to running with each other I could see them threatening the 49-second barrier,'' Perry said of the 4x100 team.
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