Last weekend’s Stanford Invitational attracted the best high school track and field athletes in the region, including several local standouts who more than held their own.
Competitors from Los Altos, Mountain View, St. Francis and Gunn highs finished at or near the top in a slew of events Friday and Saturday on the Farm.
“There were many awesome performances,” said Los Altos co-head coach Dave Barth, who brought 11 athletes to the meet.
Kelly McConnell ran the 400-meter hurdles in a personal-best 56.59 seconds, which Barth said is the fourth-best time in the nation among high school boys this year. The senior finished second in his section and fourth overall in the event.
The Los Altos girls’ 4x800 relay team of Anneliese Gallagher, Lauren Jacob, Britt DeVisser and Annli Tico finished sixth with a time of 9:36.78, setting a school record by 10 seconds.
The girls 4x400 relay team –comprising Maddie Klein, Jacob, DeVisser and Gallagher – ran a season-best time of 4:08.65 to finish fourth and close behind St. Francis (4:06.38, second).
The Los Altos boys 4x400 relay team featuring Francis Hacket, Kevin Anawalt, McConnell and Will Scheetz ran a season-best 3:28.35 to take fourth.
Brian Yeager “had a very impressive triple,” Barth said. The junior cleared 6 feet in the high jump (10th overall), soared 44-3/4 in the triple jump (eighth), and ran a 15.48 in the 110 hurdles (fifth in his heat).
Gunn senior Sarah Robinson of Los Altos Hills placed second in the girls mile with a 4:48.77, breaking her own school record and posting the third-best time in the U.S.
“She ran a very smart race and was tough through the finish line,” coach PattiSue Plumer said.
Robinson also anchored the victorious distance medley relay team, which clocked a 11:56.68. That time not only broke the school record – by eight seconds – but it also leads the nation.
Mountain View came in third in the event. Melissa Reed, Amy Lynch, Corinna Lee and Carina Gwennap combined for a 12:34.
St. Francis freshman Julia Bounds finished second in Section 2 of the girls 3,000 run (10:19.73).Los Altos sophomore Jacob came in eighth in Section 1 (10:18.04).
2013 track: Stanford Track & Field Invitational - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier