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Eagles excel in hurdles, relays

Although the Los Altos High track and field team is off to a slow start collectively, several Eagles are excelling individually.

Two boys won multiple events last week – including a hurdler whose time ranks among the Central Coast Section’s best – and a girls relay team set a school mark the week before.

“For the most part, it has been a tough start for the Eagles in terms of team scores,” said co-head coach Dave Barth, who added that the Los Altos boys are 1-1 and the girls 0-2 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division. “However, there have been some great individual performances.”

Los Altos won 11 events Thursday at Lynbrook, which swept the meet. Brian Yeager and Kelly McConnell each earned two victories for the boys, who fell 71-56.

Junior Yeager claimed the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 2 inches and won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.48 seconds. Senior McConnell placed first in the 300 hurdles (40.84) and the shot put (38-7). His time in the hurdles is “one of the top marks in CCS at this point of the season,” Barth said.

The Eagles’ other wins on the boys side came from Nick Ambiel in the 100 dash (12.42), Sammi Fakalolo in the discus (127-8) and the 4x400 relay team (3:32.16).

The Los Altos girls claimed four events in their 83-44 loss to Lynbrook: Annaliese Gallagher in the 800 run (2:22.25), Sophia Hyver in the shot put (30-7), Julia Woch in the high jump (4-10) and the 4x400 relay team (4:10.73).

The prior week at the Dublin Distance Fiesta, the girls distance medley relay team – Britt Devisser, Gallagher, Katie Klein and Lauren Jacob – broke the school record by clocking 12:33.62.

Like Los Altos, Mountain View was swept Thursday in De Anza Division action. The boys lost 72-49 and the girls fell 86-36 to visiting Los Gatos. The girls provided the Spartans with their lone win – the 4x100 relay.

Los Altos Hills residents Sarah Robinson and Thomas Rasmussen won multiple events Thursday to help Gunn sweep Milpitas. Robinson won the girls 400 dash, 800 run and was part of the victorious 4x400 relay team. Fellow senior Rasmussen finished first in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

A week prior, Robinson set the St. Francis Invitational record in the 3,000 run (state-leading 9:49.9) and mile (4:56.4).

Boys volleyball

In a battle of unbeaten teams, Mountain View topped host Homestead 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24 Thursday. Three Spartans finished with double-digit kills: Jake Stuebner (16), Alec Flowers (14) and Ryan McLaughlin (10). Mountain View went to 5-0 in the De Anza Division, 11-0 overall.

Los Altos defeated San Mateo 28-26, 18-25, 25-21, 25-23 last week behind 12 kills and six blocks from Nathan Smith.

St. Francis won a pair of West Catholic Athletic League games last week to remain atop the standings. The Lancers (5-0) beat Sacred Heart Cathedral in four games March 18 and swept Serra Thursday. Matthew Larson had 11 and 12 kills, respectively.

Softball

Mountain View knocked off a pair of formidable foes last week, raising its record to 3-1 overall.

The Spartans handed Presentation its first loss – 1-0 March 17 – and opened SCVAL El Camino Division play by blanking Palo Alto 4-0 Thursday.

Reanna Lancaster went the distance both days. She pitched a five-hitter versus Presentation (8-1), then allowed four hits and struck out nine versus Paly (5-3).

Mountain View mustered two hits against Presentation, but the Panthers made an error in the fifth that led to the winning run. They mishandled Sophie Karolczak’s hard-hit ball to second, allowing Tiana Bolin to score from third.

Emma Bice’s first-inning double proved to be the game-winning RBI against Paly.

Los Altos slipped to 4-4 after dropping one-run games to Saratoga and Sobrato last week.

St. Francis last week suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0 at Mitty to open WCAL play. The Lancers (2-1 overall) did not get a hit in the March 18 road game.

Swimming

The St. Francis boys and girls routed visiting St. Ignatius Thursday to remain undefeated in the WCAL. The boys prevailed 128-58, while the girls won 120-66.

Curtis Ogren paced the boys and Courtney Batcheller led the girls with four wins each.

Ogren took first in the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.33) and 100 breaststroke (57.27) and was part of the victorious 400 freestyle relay (3:15.98) and 200 medley relay (1:36.23) teams.

Batcheller won the 50 (25.38) and 200 frees (1:58.27), and was on the triumphant 200 (1:44.08) and 400 free relays (3:44.13).

Golf

Mountain View won the Hilmar High Yellowjacket Golf Tournament at Stevinson Ranch Golf Course in the Central Valley March 16. Brandon Yeh finished fifth individually for the Spartans (3-2-1), who also won two De Anza Division matches last week.

Los Altos slipped to 1-3-2 in the De Anza Division with Thursday’s 176-192 setback to undefeated Palo Alto at Palo Alto Muni.

St. Francis squeaked by St. Ignatius 187-189 Thursday at Shoreline Golf Links behind co-medalists Austin Popa and Matt Heitel, who each shot 35.

Baseball

Pinewood is off to a 5-0 start after beating Jefferson and Harker last week. The Panthers defeated Jefferson 6-2 March 18 and vanquished Harker 15-4 Thursday.

Dylan Dryer pitched a complete game at Jefferson and went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Dreyer contributed two hits and three RBIs at Harker. Travis Jones earned the win, surrendering one earned run, and notched two hits and three RBIs.

Swept by Los Gatos last week – losing 2-0 and 9-6 – Los Altos slumped to 1-3 in the De Anza Division. Trevor Rogers took the loss in the March 19 game, despite allowing just one earned run in a complete-game effort. Patrick McColl had two hits Thursday.

Mountain View blasted Gunn 18-4 March 19, the first of three wins last week. The Spartans outhit the host Titans 26-8. Ashley Avery and Daniel Wray each notched four hits and four RBIs for Mountain View (4-6 overall). Davis Atherton earned the win.

Boys tennis

St. Francis skunked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 in WCAL play March 18. Kyle Pease prevailed 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Girls lacrosse

Mountain View defeated Notre Dame-Belmont 16-12 Friday. Yazmin Lancaster scored five goals and Valerie Girerd made 11 saves for the Spartans (2-2).

Boys lacrosse

Matt Mulkey scored twice in an 11-8 loss to Menlo that dropped Mountain View to 3-3 Thursday.

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