Varsity Boys Track & Field

Mountain View 66, Palo Alto 61

Date of competition: Thursday, March 18, 2010

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The Palo Alto boys' track and field nearly pulled off a big victory before having to settle for a 66-61 loss to visiting Mountain View in a SCVAL De Anza Division dual meet on Thursday. The meet came down to the final two events, the high jump and 1,600 relay. The Vikings could have wrapped things up with a one-three finish in the high jump, but it didn't happen as Mountain View's Stephen Johnson leaped 6-6 to win the event, relegating Bennie Williams (6-4) and Tyler Nigro (6-2) to second and third. That finish tied the meet at 61 and sent it to the final relay. While Palo Alto coach Jason Fung was able to put together a solid relay squad, even using distance standout Philip MacQuitty (who ran a sub-50.00 leg), the Vikings' season best of 3:28.51 just wasn't fast enough as the Spartans clocked 3:27.82 for the victory.

Palo Alto got off to a good start with a 44.82 victory in the opening 400 relay before MacQuitty won the 1,600 in 4:41.34 with teammates Josh Newby second at 4:48.38. Mountain View's Markus Rutner picked up an important victory over Paly's Daniel Jones in the 400, 51.40 to 51.59, and held off two Paly runners to win the 200 in 23.06.

SCVAL De Anza Division
Mountain View 66, at Palo Alto 61
400 relay -- Palo Alto 44.82; 1,600 -- MacQuitty (PA) 4:41.34; 110 HH -- Sauer (PA) 16.46; 400 -- Rutner (MV) 51.40; 100 -- Anderson (PA) 11.45, Kirkman (PA) 11.54; 800 -- Wells (MV) 2:04.95; 300 IH -- Lemak (MV) 43.64, Arakaki (MV) 43.80; 200 -- Rutner (MV) 23.06; 3,200 -- Rowe (MV) and Myjer (MV) 10:10.30; 1,600 relay -- Mountain View 3:27.82, Palo Alto 3:28.51.
High jump -- Johnson (MV) 6-6, Williams (PA) 6-4; Shot put-- Anderson (PA) 42-10; Discus -- Sultani (PA) 129-10; Long jump -- Johnson (MV) 20-0; Triple jump -- Lemak (MV) 39-1 1/2.
Records: Mountain View 2-0; Palo Alto 0-1

posted by Palo Alto Online on Mar 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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