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Hurdling adversity


courtesy of Nicole Goodwin
Ella Goodwin, hurdling, above, has come a long way since her early-childhood battle with leukemia.

While Nicole Goodwin is proud of daughter Ella’s athletic achievements, it’s not her skills on the soccer field or speed on the track that bring the biggest smile to mom’s face.

“It’s a different pride – how healthy and strong she is,” said Nicole, a Los Altos resident. “It’s not about how well she’s competing, but that she does it at all.”

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LA's Gwo learns from the best at Arena Pro meet


The Arena Pro Swim Series proved to be a memorable meet for Albert Gwo, even though he didn’t win any medals. The Los Altos High swimmer acquired something just as valuable, if not more so – knowledge.

“It’s a great learning experience,” Gwo said of sharing the pool with Olympians such as Michael Phelps last week at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. “When you’re not racing, you watch them swim and can focus on their technique and race strategy.”

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Mtn. View grad McGuirk earns All-American status


Courtesy of Jim McGuirk
Alex McGuirk jumps a hurdle in the steeplechase at last month’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Mountain View High graduate Alex McGuirk capped a decorated collegiate athletic career by finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last month’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Chico State senior clocked a time of 8 minutes, 48 seconds – breaking his own school record – in the finals May 22 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. The steeplechase is an obstacle race that includes 28 hurdles and seven water jumps.

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MV sophomore Estell jumps to 8th place at state


She may be a sprinter first, but Rachael Estell has emerged as a legitimate long jumper as well.

Estell’s evolution in the event took another leap forward last weekend at the state track and field championships. The Mountain View High sophomore finished eighth in the girls long jump finals Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis. She jumped a personal-best 18 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

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Right on track


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Mountain View High sophomore Rachael Estell leaps for the win in the girls long jump Friday at the CCS championships.

As far as locals go, the underclassmen overshadowed the seniors at the Central Coast Section track and field championships Friday at San Jose City College.

Four of the five athletes from area high schools who finished at least third in an individual event, thus qualifying for this weekend’s state meet, are sophomores or juniors. And there are only five seniors among the quartet of relay teams advancing.

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On to CCS


Marty Olivero/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Xander Olivero edges Bellarmine’s Alex Sasser in the finals of the 3,200-meter run Friday at the West Catholic Athletic League finals. Olivero, a junior, clocked a 9:31.73.

A lot of locals have qualified for Saturday’s Central Coast Section track and field semifinals, though none of them should be busier than Brian Yeager and Rachael Estell.

Los Altos High senior Yeager and Mountain View High sophomore Estell each made the meet in four events – the maximum athletes are allowed to enter – after strong showings at Friday’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championships.

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