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.


Los Altos boys edge Los Gatos by a point

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Joe Kull ran the second leg of Los Altos High’s 4x100-meter relay, which clocked a season-best time of 44.81 seconds to beat Los Gatos.

The one-tenth of a second that separated the Los Altos High boys from Los Gatos in the 4x100-meter relay loomed large in last week’s track and field meet.

Without that narrow victory in the second event of the day, the Eagles would not have won the March 31 home meet. Los Altos, which received five points for finishing first in the race, clipped the previously undefeated Wildcats 64-63.


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.


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