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May 21, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, May 21, 2004

Reyes hits perfection Reyes hits perfection (May 21, 2004)in CCS gymnastics

Gunn freshman scores a 10.000 in uneven bars on her way to winning all-around honors, helping Titans take third

by Keith Peters

St. Francis had the top team, but Gunn had the best individual at the Central Coast Section gymnastics championships this week at Gymtowne in San Bruno.

The Lancers, as expected, defended their title with 189.575 points and tied Gunn's record of five straight section titles. While the Titans weren't able to return to their championship team form, freshman Kaylyn Reyes did keep the school's history of elite performances intact.

Reyes won two individual events, tied for the lead in another and captured the all-around title while helping Gunn score 180.125 and finish third behind St. Francis and Aragon (183.325).

Reyes tied with the Lancers' Linda Lund for first in the vault (9.750), won the floor exercise (9.775) and took second on the beam (9.775). Where she really stood out was on the uneven bars. As the last performer of the meet, Reyes swung through the most difficult bar routing of the evening and topped it off with a double back somersault that soared well above the high bar.

The crowd erupted with cheers and roared again when Reyes was awarded a perfect 10.000, a record for CCS competition. With that, Reyes wrapped up the all-around title with a season high of 39.475.

"We were thrilled to finish on such a high note," said Gunn coach Ron Ludwig. "We totaled our highest team score of the season and broke 180 for the first time in Gunn history. We moved up a notch from our fourth-place finish last year, and look toward '05 with optimism."


On a day when they needed to be at their best, the Paly golfers finished fifth in the CCS tournament and missed qualifying for the NorCal tournament.

The Vikings shot 388 on the par-71 Rancho Canada West course in Carmel Valley as Will Haydon (73), Natty Stern (76), John Robinson (77), Max Rausch (79) and Andy Livingston (83) fell 24 strokes short of repeating as NorCal qualfiers.

"Paly didn't play its best golf and the teams that qualified for NorCal shot some great scores," said Paly coach Gerry Benton. "Teams that took top honors (Bellarmine, R.L. Stevenson and St. Francis) are perennially very good teams and tough to beat. I was disappointed for Will, Andy, John, Natty and Max that no one qualified as an individual."

The only local qualifier to reach NorCals was Menlo School's Colin Peck. He shot a 1-over-par 72 that put him in a five-way tie for the sixth place. After two playoff holes qualified two players, it went down to sudden death among the remaining three players for the one remaining NorCal berth.

Peck sank a one-foot par putt on the extra hole to advance to next week's tournament. Menlo-Atherton's Blake Kiernan shot 77 and failed to advance.

The Menlo boys and girls swept the PAL playoff titles on Saturday at Woodside High. The girls romped to an 18-5 victory over Gunn while the boys held off Bellarmine, 11-7.

Senior Chrissy Guibara led Menlo (15-6) with five goals and three assists. Ashley Porter added three goals and three assists while Sophia Zahoudanis, Erica Swanson and Caroline Crandall all added two goals each.

In the boys' match, Jack Sullivan led the Knights with fur goals and four assists while Jack Miller added two goals and an assist as Menlo capped a fine 26-7 season. Timot Felker scored three times and Matt Moone added two goals.

Earlier this week, Sullivan was named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American and teammate Derek Yecies was named high school Academic All-American by U.S. Lacrosse.

Sullivan and Yecies were team captains for the past two seasons and led the Knights to a 28-6 record, including a perfect 24-0 mark in winning the Carmel Tournament, the Walt Whitman (MD) Round Robin, the Jerry Lankammerer Invitational Tournament at Saint Ignatius, the PAL regular- season championship and the PAL Playoff Championship.

Menlo ended the season ranked fourth in Northern California and 10th in the state.

Sullivan set both the single season and career scoring marks for Menlo this year. Sullivan had 67 goals and 57 assists for 124 points. Sullivan was a three-year starter at attack for the Knights and finished his career with 126 goals and 104 assists for 230 total points.

He surpassed the previous scoring records held by Eddie Brennan '01 (Colgate 2005) who currently starts at attack for Colgate. Sullivan was first team all-CCS as a Junior and named MVP of the Carmel Tournament as a junior.

Sullivan has previously played for the Northern California 19/U all-star team and will be part of the USA West team that will play in the Pan-Pacific Games in Australia this summer. Sullivan will attend Duke University.

Yecies was a four year starter on defense for the Knights and started on the 2001 Division II state championship squad as a freshman. Yecies was named All-CCS Defenseman his junior year.

He played on the NorCal 17-U all-star team and will return for his second season with the NorCal 19/U all-star team this summer. Yecies will attend Princeton University this fall and has accepted an invitation to walk on to the Princeton Lacrosse team, which has won 10 straight Ivy League championships and advanced to the NCAA championship game four of the past six seasons while winning two NCAA titles.
Track and field

Gunn junior Tori Tyler put together two solid races in the 1,600 and 3,200 at last weekend's SCVAL Qualifier at Los Gatos High to lead local qualifiers into the CCS semifinals on Saturday at San Jose City College. Field events begin at 9:30 a.m., with running events starting at 11 a.m.

Tyler placed second to defending state champion Alicia Follmar of Saratoga in the 1,600 (5:08.73) and came back to win the 3,200 in a season best (and No. 2 in the CCS) of 10:54.91.

Other local double qualifiers included Gunn's Orlie Kapitulnik (100, 200), Palo Alto's Katrina Zawojski (long jump, triple jump), Paly'a Dami Wusu (shot put, discus), and Paly's James McCluskey (shot put, discus). Zawosjki turned in season best of 17-4 in the long jump and 36-0 in the triple.

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