Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Danny Yeager participates in the boys long jump Thursday against rival Mountain View.
The schedule took some of the luster off Thursday’s track and field meet between high school rivals Mountain View and Los Altos – several standouts saved themselves for Friday’s Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet – but not all of it.
Los Altos’ last home meet of the season – and Mountain View’s regular-season finale – featured stellar showings by a slew of competitors, a few of whom set personal records.
“It was a good meet with many good performances and friendly crosstown rivalries,” Spartans coach Lance Thayer said.
The schools split the De Anza Division meet: the Los Altos boys prevailed 81-42; the Mountain View girls triumphed 78-43.
The Los Altos boys’ 4x100-meter relay “ran extremely fast,” co-head coach Dave Barth said, beating Mountain View by more than two seconds. The foursome – Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Willem Van Eck – ran a personal-best time of 43.95.
“I am very proud of these boys,” Barth said. “They are all juniors and seniors who have been hard at work since freshman year.”
Three of these sprinters shined in the 100 dash as well. Tien placed first (11.59) and Polen and Van Eck tied for second (11.60).
Not to be outdone, the Los Altos girls’ 4x100 relay also ran its fastest time of the year. The team of Sarah Wobber, Amanda Mell, Kalie Oku and Romy Aboudarham ran a 51.17 to finish a close second to Mountain View (50.90).
Wobber then competed in the triple jump – “an event she never really does,” Barth said – and won by springing 32 feet, 11 inches.
The Los Altos girls’ four other wins came from Amanda Mell in the 200 dash (28.97) and long jump (15-7), Taylor Peterson in the 400 run (1:07.45) and Alexandria Bahl in the discus (87-10).
The Mountain View girls claimed 10 events, two courtesy of Kolisa Nhlapo. The junior won the 100 hurdles (17.87) and 300 hurdles (49.57).The Spartans also received wins from Krysta Korpontinos in the 100 dash (13.44), Amy Lynch in the 800 run (2:32.59), Carina Gwennap in the 1,600 run (5:41.08), Maya Weigel in the 3,200 run (12:12.14), Sydney Magana in the shot put (26-2), Sara Winick in the high jump (4-6) and the 4x400 relay team (4:46.79).
The Mountain View boys managed four wins: David Williams in the 300 hurdles (44.57), Zheng Teng in the 800 run (2:10.10), Eric Theil in the shot put (40-5) and the 4x400 relay (3:48.24).
The Yeager brothers – senior Danny and sophomore Brian – played major roles in the Eagles’ victory. Danny (15.93) and Brian (16.33) finished one-two in the 110 hurdles, Danny claimed the high jump (6-3), Brian won the triple jump (43-2) and his brother took third (41-4) in the event.
Los Altos’ other winners included Jerry Liu in the long jump (20-3.75), Dane Tippett in the 1,600 run (4:38.60), Arthur Bogdanovich in the 400 run (52.38), Andreas Godderis in the 3,200 run (10:23.54), Van Eck in the 200 dash (23.34) and Sami Fakalolo in the discus (133-08).
Friday at the Top 8 Meet in San Jose, Brian Yeager won the frosh-soph boys high jump (personal-record 6-2) and 65 hurdles, and placed second in the long jump.
In their best times of the season, Los Altos’ varsity boys and girls 4x400 relay teams placed third and 11th, respectively.