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May 26, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004

State meet State meet (May 26, 2004)berths up for grabs in track

Thirteen local athletes will shoot for top-three finishes on Friday at the CCS championships

by Keith Peters

Libby Jenke of Menlo School has been leading the state for most of the season in the girls' 800 meters with a career best of 2:11.66. That No. 1 position changed to a No. 2 when Christine Whalen of Mitty ran 2:11.49 at the West Catholic Athletic League finals.

While Jenke and Whalen will go head to head on Friday night in the Central Coast Section track and field championships at San Jose City College, the times they run won't be as important as where they finish.

For the top three finishers in each event, their reward is a trip to the California State Meet on June 4-5 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. For those who finish fourth and lower, well, there's always next year.

There is a next year for Jenke, only a junior. Whalen, too, is a junior. But they'll have to battle more than each other to earn their trips to Sacramento. The top qualifier out of the CCS semifinals last Saturday at SJCC was Saratoga junior Alicia Follmar (2:12.34) while sophomore Christine Jones of Live Oak was second in 2:12.50 and Jenke third in 2:15.31. Whalen was sixth in 2:16.92 in what may be one of the strongest and youngest 800 fields in the state.

Field events start the evening at 4 p.m., followed by the first running event at 6 p.m.

Jenke is one of 13 local athletes competing Friday in individual events. Other girls include Gunn junior Tori Tyler in the 1,600 (5:11.63) and 3,200 (10:52.97); Menlo-Atherton junior Jennifer Connet in the 100 hurdles (16.02); Gunn sophomore Orlie Kapitulnik in the 100 (12.53) and 200 (25.81); Palo Alto junior Kristina Zawojski in the 200 (25.50), long jump (17-4) and triple jump (a personal record 37-0); Menlo-Atherton freshman Keianna Talton in the 100 (12.40) and 200 (25.30); Menlo-Atherton senior Alison Doniger in the 3,200 (11:22.57); Menlo-Atherton junior Laurie Roberts in the high jump (5-4); and Gunn sophomore Tal Cohen in the pole vault (10 feet).

Zawojski actually will be in four events, including the 400 relay, while Talton also will run on the Bears' 400 relay as her third event.

In the boys' competition, Menlo-Atherton junior Evan Anderson (4:17.65) goes in the 1,600; Sacred Heart Prep junior David Jackson will be in the 400 (49.47) and 300 hurdles (40.73); Menlo-Atherton senior Jeremy Mineau (9:17.49) and Gunn senior Andrew Lipkin (9:24.89) qualified in the 3,200; and Palo Alto senior James McCluskey qualified in the shot put (50-3) and discus (152-9).

The top-seeded team of Palo Alto's Jessica Guinn and Sisi Chen captured a the CCS title in girls' doubles at the section championships last weekend at Monta Vista High in Cupertino. Guinn and Chen won three straight matches to claim the crown. Teammates Yue Zhao and Lena Chen finished third.

In the boys' doubles, Gunn's tandem of Brandon Poon and Jason Mei lived up to their No. 2 seeding by finishing second.

In the mixed doubles, Gunn's Jia Xi Fang and Heather Dang moved up from their No. 4 seeding to finish third.

In girls singles, Maya White of Gunn, the No. 4 seed, fell in the third-place match by 8-15, 15-11, 15-7.

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