Photo By: Hank Lawson/Special to the Town Crier
Several athletes from Mountain View and Los Altos highs are headed to Los Gatos Friday for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Qualifier after shining at the De Anza Division trials and finals.
No local competitor shined brighter than Mountain View’s Kolisa Nhlapo, who set school records in the girls 100- and 300-meter hurdles. The junior won both events at the April 30 trials and at Thursday’s finals at Lynbrook, where she also ran on the Spartans’ second-place 4x100 relay team.
Nhlapo set the school record in the 100 hurdles at the trials – finishing in 15.46 seconds – and broke her own league meet record in the 300 hurdles at the finals by clocking 44.62 seconds. She ran the second leg of the 4x100 relay, which placed second to Palo Alto with a time of 50.46.
Although Nhlapo was the lone Spartan to win an event at the finals, many of her teammates placed high enough to compete in Friday’s 5 p.m. meet at Los Gatos High.
For the girls, Melissa Reed, Maya Weigel and Amy Lynch qualified the 1,600 run, with Reed also advancing in the 3,200 and Lynch in the 800. Corinna Lee qualified in the 400 dash and Krysta Korpontinos in the 100 dash. In the field events, Sydney Magana qualified in the discus and Sara Winick in the high jump.
Mountain View’s qualifiers on the boys side include Kevin Bastoul (800 and 1,600), Drew Russert (triple jump and 200), David Williams (300 hurdles and high jump), Eric Theil (shot put and discus) and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
A slew of Los Altos athletes will join them. Coach Dave Barth said freshman Lauren Jacob “ran an awesome 3,200” to finish second to Gunn’s Sarah Robinson, a Los Altos Hills resident. Another Los Altos freshman, Amanda Mell, won the long jump, while junior Kelly McConnell placed second in the shot put.
For the boys, Danny Yeager captured titles in the high jump and 300 hurdles and finished a close second in the 110 hurdles with a personal-best 14.99. Brother Brian Yeager claimed the triple jump.
Los Altos swept Gunn in the first round of the De Anza Division tournament. The Eagles last week posted 9-5 and 9-3 victories in the best-of-three series.
James Oleson won the April 30 opener, pitching five innings of four-hit ball. Teammate Thomas Kelleher notched two hits, including a double.
In Thursday’s win, Duke Myers belted two homers and drove in three runs. Steven McLean added a pair of hits. Trevor Rogers earned the win.
After successfully defending its El Camino Division title, Los Altos was scheduled to open the league playoffs Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) against Menlo.
The Eagles clinched a berth by beating Carlmont 9-5 April 30. Coach Greg Mengis said “AJ Guralas had a huge game,” scoring five goals in the win. Riley Kahan added three goals and an assist.
Mountain View just missed the playoffs, finishing fifth out of 14 teams. The top four advanced.
St. Francis earned the third seed in the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs and was slated to host No. 6 Sacred Heart Cathedral in the first round Monday. The Lancers entered the league tourney with an 11-6 overall record. Colin Richards, Jake Kidwell, Lucas Guslani and Matthew Meissner have combined to score 144 goals for St. Francis.
Los Altos routed St. Francis 10-3 in the second round of the Central Coast Section team playoffs May 3. No. 2 singles player Spencer Simonides clinched the match in the third round with a win over the Lancers’ No. 3 singles player, Matt Liston, 6-1.
The fifth-seeded Eagles (15-3) were slated to meet No. 4 Bellarmine (20-3) Monday in the quarterfinals (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline).
Despite Thursday’s 11-2 loss at league-leading Homestead, Los Altos is guaranteed third place in the De Anza Division. The Eagles went to 7-3 in league with only two games remaining; fourth-place Los Gatos is 4-6.
“Finishing no less than third in the De Anza (Division) is a great accomplishment,” coach Tom Barrera said. “Playing talented teams such as Homestead and Wilcox, even though challenging, also provided a level of expectation and a very good learning experience.”
Los Altos finished second to Lowell in an April 29 meet. The Eagles scored a 140.25 and Lowell earned a 144.6. Kelli Yamaguma finished fourth in the all-around for Los Altos.
Mountain View (26-1 overall) is the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs, while St. Francis (21-8) is seeded sixth and Los Altos (14-8) 12th. First-round matches were scheduled Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline); winners advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Los Altos coach Dave Radford said he is “extremely proud” of his Eagles, who won the El Camino Division in their first season. They swept Fremont last week to clinch the division crown.
Mountain View went undefeated in winning the upper De Anza Division (12-0); St. Francis finished third in the WCAL (9-3).