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Sports - July 12, 2013

Menlo School's Price will chase Pan Am berth in Canada

Before running at National Junior Olympics, she'll compete in the 200 and 400 for a summer trip at the Canadian Junior National Championships

by Keith Peters

Menlo School senior Maddy Price will find out if her track and field season will come to an end before August when she competes in the 2013 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships this weekend in Sainte-Therese, Quebec.

Price, who will run the 200 and 400 meters, needs to finish among the top two in either event to qualify for the Canadian team that will compete at the Pan Am Games in Colombia (Aug. 21-23).

If Price misses out on the Pan Am Games, her final action of the season likely will be the National Junior Olympics set for July 22-28 in Greensboro, N.C.

Price is ranked No. 2 among Canadian juniors in the 400 (54.78), trailing only Sage Watson (53.54), who runs at Florida State. Price also is No. 8 in the 200 (24.50). While she already has surpassed the 'A' qualifying standard in the 400 (55.30), she needs to run under (24.20) in the 200 in order to qualify for the event at Pan Ams — should she finish first or second.

Price will run in the 400 semifinals on Friday and (most likely) the finals on Saturday. The 200 semifinals and finals will be Sunday.

Price, who runs during the summer for the Menlo iGreyhounds Track Club, easily won the 400 in 56.87 at the Region 14 Junior Olympics Championships qualifying meet that finished up last weekend at Diablo Valley College in Concord.

"She's been hitting mid to low 56s very comfortably and without any competition," said Greyhounds' coach Jorge Chen, who also coaches Price at Menlo. "So, I'm predicting that she will set a new PR very soon — hoping this weekend, obviously, and probably in the 200 as well, since she's looking really strong."

Price had hoped to also run the 200, but a prelim in the 400 forced her to scratch those plans. So, she'll run only the 400 at the Junior Olympics.

Price finished her high school season ranked No. 6 in the state in the 400, but was the fastest junior. She was also one of only six runners to break 55 seconds this past season.

Meanwhile, Chen had 14 athletes qualify for the Junior Olympics last week as all finished among the top five in their respective events.

"But, we are only taking Zoe Enright and Lizzie Lacy in the 3,000 -- they came in first and second at regionals — and, of course, Maddy."

Elsewhere, 10-year-old Raymond Price III (no relation to Maddy) of the East Palo Alto Greyhounds is keeping very busy in two sports this summer.

The St. Elizabeth Seton School student not only is running track, but is playing basketball for the Peninsula Sports Academy Vikings. The squad will be competing at the AAU West Coast National Championships in Las Vegas, set for July 19-21. The team qualified by taking second in its age division at the Coca-Cola Nationals in Los Angeles in June.

Two weeks ago, RP III competed in track and field at the AAU West Coast Junior Olympics in Reno, where he won the long jump (14-4), shot put (27-6) and took fourth in the 100 (a PR of 14.16) in his age bracket to qualify for the AAU Nationals from July 29-Aug. 2 in Detroit, Mich.

This past weekend at Diablo Valley College, RP III was on the winning 4x400 relay team in addition to taking second in the 400 relay and finishing third in the 100. That qualified him for the National Junior Olympics in Greensboro, which he'll likely miss due to his other competitions.

To help fund his various trips, a web site has been established at

Among the other top local finishers at DVC last weekend:

Jordan Mims of the EPA Greyhounds won the boys' 13-14 400 in 54.69 with teammate Nathaniel Rosas second in 54.78; Brandon Bains of the EPA Greyhounds won that division's 100 in 12.10; Alex Selwyn of the Palo Alto Lightning won the boys' 9-10 800 in 2:35.93 and was third in the 1,500 in 5:15.11; Jurrion Dickey of the EPA Greyhounds won the boys' 8-under 400 in 1:14.52, and Salvador Espinoza of the EPA Greyhounds won the 1,500 race-walk in 12:26.64.

The Menlo iGreyhounds won the girls' 15-16 400 (57.10) and 1,600 relay (4:30.14); the EPA Greyhounds won the boys' 8-under 1,600 relay in 5:42.84, and the EPA Greyhounds won the boys' 11-2 400 relay in 1:01.10.

Terrance Matthews Murphy of the EPA Greyhounds was second in three events -- the boys' 13-14 shot put (36-2 3/4), discus (104-0) and javelin (121-10).