MV's Estell qualifies for finals in 4 events, then races to prom

Oscar Estell/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View’s 4x100 relay team – from left, Megan Yama, Rachael Estell, Abriana Bracy and Shareen Estremera – set a personal-best time at the CCS semifinals Saturday in Gilroy.

There was little rest for Rachael Estell Saturday. After competing in four events at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals in Gilroy, the Mountain View High junior had to race home and get ready for prom that night.

“It was a busy day,” she said, “but everything went really well.”


Estell steps up


Mountain View High’s Rachael Estell recently realized being in step for the long jump was causing her to get out of step for sprinting. Jumpers are more focused on measuring strides than sprinters, and that tendency was creeping into her 100- and 200-meter dashes.

“My steps weren’t as fast for running,” the junior said. “It took me a little while to figure it out, and I put it all together at the CCS Top 8 meet.”


Decathlete Hoffer wins silver at World Masters

Courtesy of Miche Hoffer
Miche Hoffer raises his arms in celebration at the World Masters. He placed second in the men’s 40-44 division of the decathlon.

While grabbing gold is the goal of most track and field athletes, Miche Hoffer was satisfied with securing silver at the 2015 World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships.

“I’m very happy with that,” the Mountain View resident said of finishing second in the decathlon for the men’s 40-44 age division. “I did all I could and all I could hope for. There’s nothing I could have done differently to win the competition.”


Robinson returns to running

Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Runner Sarah Robinson, right, received support from big sister Erin, a former track athlete at UCLA, at the Junior Nationals.

Sarah Robinson is back on the track.

The Los Altos Hills resident recently gave up soccer to focus on distance running – the other sport in which she excelled during her days at Gunn High.


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.”


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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