St. Francis High names Tony Kunkel head coach of girls track and field team

St. Francis High recently appointed Tony Kunkel head coach of the girls track and field team.

“We are very excited to have Tony Kunkel as our new head girls track coach here at St. Francis High School,” Director of Athletics Michael Pilawski said. “Tony’s passion for the sport and our school as well as his leadership abilities will surely continue the great success of the program.”


Logan caps college career at Caltech with academic and athletic success

Courtesy of Mark Logan
Los Altos native Paige Logan – throwing the hammer her senior year at Caltech – leaves the school with two track records, two volleyball records and two degrees.

Paige Logan graduated from Caltech holding school records in track and field and volleyball. But the Los Altos High product said she is most proud of her academic accomplishments at a university ranked among the best in the nation.

Logan graduated with honors June 13 with a double degree in geophysics and environmental science and engineering. Not an easy task for a student who played as many as three sports during her four years at Caltech, an NCAA Division III school in Pasadena.


Blach, Egan excel at county meet

Courtesy of Steve Kane
Twenty-two athletes from Blach Intermediate School qualified for last month’s county track and field meet in San Jose. Kneeling, from left: Gabi Joffe, Chloe Olson, Allie Halliday, Aya Kitajima, Amber Fry, Olivia Porat, Josh Rowsey, Annalisa Pao, Rachel Korobkin and Serena Myjer. Standing: Nikhil Weigel, Zach Moran, James Dinneen, Cole Corsiglia, Arun Jog, Ryan Kim, Rohan Kapur, Cindy Barker, Mae Hubel, Alex Sullivan, Nick Sullivan and Douglas Dahm.

Track and field coaches at the two Los Altos junior highs were elated with how their teams performed this spring, and coaches at the local high schools probably share those feelings – many of those runners, jumpers and throwers are headed their way.

Blach Intermediate School and Egan Junior High combined to send 36 athletes to last month’s county track meet in San Jose, returning with 14 medals.


Super Sarah

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Sarah Robinson, pictured winning the 3,200 run at CCS, set the Gunn High record in the race at the state meet.

Scorching conditions didn’t stop Gunn High runner Sarah Robinson from setting a scorching pace at last weekend’s state track and field meet.

The Los Altos Hills resident won the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 44.25 seconds and placed second in the 3,200 with a school-record time of 10:12.40 in the finals at Buchanan High in Clovis, where the temperature nearly hit triple digits Saturday.


Locals run to state

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Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson chases San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell at the end of the 1,600 run. Robinson finished second.

Although track and field is often considered an individual sport – outside of the relays – Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson took one for the team at Friday’s Central Coast Section finals at San Jose City College.

The Los Altos Hills resident considered dropping the 800-meter race to focus on the 1,600 and 3,200 – until she learned that Gunn needed her to run to have a chance at winning the girls team title. That was enough to convince Robinson to take on a third distance race, which few runners dare to do at CCS; only the top three finishers in each event are guaranteed to make it to state.


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