Runners who are pushed by fellow racers often finish with faster times, which makes Sarah Robinson’s performance at the CCS Top 8 Track and Field Classic all the more impressive.
The Los Altos Hills resident obliterated the meet record in the girls 3,200-meter race – despite running most of it without anyone close to catching her.
Robinson finished in 10 minutes, 16.98 seconds, besting the record set in 1987 by more than nine seconds. The Gunn High senior established a school record as well and beat her personal best in the event by nine seconds.
Robinson separated from the pack early and won the race by a whopping 41 seconds Friday at San Jose City College.
“She did jump out to a big lead but then got even faster,” said coach PattiSue Plumer, who noted that Robinson ran the first mile in 5:12 and the second in 5:03. “That was the race plan, but I was not sure that she would be able to execute it so perfectly and then some, especially by herself. Simply an incredible performance.”
Los Altos High had a flurry of fourth-place finishes at the meet. Lauren Jacob placed fourth in the girls mile (5:06.42) and joined with Maddie Klein, Katie Klein and Anneliese Gallagher to finish in that same spot in the 4x400 relay (4:04.64).
For the Los Altos boys, Kevin Anawalt (1:58.32 in the 800 run), Brian Yeager (44 feet, 5.5 inches in the triple jump) and the 4x400 relay team of Will Scheetz, Kelly McConnell, Anawalt and Francis Hacket (3:27.20) finished fourth.
“Overall, we are very pleased with the way the team performed,” Eagles coach Dave Barth said.
Earlier in the week, Los Altos split an SCVAL De Anza Division meet with Gunn. The host Eagles prevailed 68-54 on the boys side, while the Gunn girls cruised to an 89-38 victory April 16.
St. Francis fell 2-1 at Milpitas last week in non-league play. Jodi Hinojosa hit a double for the Lancers (7-12).
Mountain View lost lopsided games to Mitty (17-9 score) and Palo Alto (15-3) last week. Yazmin Lancaster led the Spartans with three goals and three assists April 16 against Mitty. Goalie Valerie Girerd made 16 saves Friday versus Paly.
Swimming & diving
The St. Francis boys and girls glided by Serra and Notre Dame-Belmont, respectively, April 16 in a West Catholic Athletic League dual meet.
Curtis Ogren, Ben Ho and David Ren each won multiple events for the boys, who triumphed 121-65. Ogren claimed the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 50.96 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (56.09); Ho placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:47.76) and 100 backstroke (53.77); Ren won the 50 free (22.23) and 100 free (48.81). Ogren and Ho were also on the winning 400 free (3:15.31) and 200 medley relay (1:37.04) teams. Ren swam on the 400 free relay and on the triumphant 200 free relay (1:32.73).
Florina Yang led the St. Francis girls – who prevailed 145-26 – by anchoring the victorious 200 medley (1:54.2), 200 free (1:42.43) and 400 free (3:45.92) relay teams.
Palo Alto pasted Los Altos Thursday in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division meet, with the boys prevailing 119-50 and the girls triumphing 128-55.
Albert Gwo led the Los Altos boys with wins in the 50-yard freestyle (21.58) and 100 free (48.39). Hana Brett won the 200 individual medley (2:14.51) and Riley Fujioka finished first in diving (245.50 points) for the Los Altos girls.
Los Altos split its two De Anza Division matches last week, topping Gunn 6-1 and falling to Palo Alto 4-3.
No. 1 singles player Ovi Fritsch won both days for the Eagles (6-5 league, 12-6 overall).
Mountain View survived a marathon first game to sweep Los Gatos April 16 in De Anza Division action. The Spartans prevailed 38-36, 25-20, 25-16.
Senior Ryan McLaughlin posted 16 kills for Mountain View (9-0 league). Jake Stuebner contributed 11 kills and Alec Flowers added 10.
St. Francis also defeated Homestead last week, but outside of league. The Lancers triumphed 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 April 14.
Matthew Larson notched 14 kills for St. Francis, who improved to 17-2 overall. The Lancers are undefeated in the WCAL (10-0).
St. Francis and Mountain View met in last weekend’s fifth-place match at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, with the Spartans prevailing.
Saratoga swept Los Altos April 16 in an SCVAL El Camino Division match.
Nathan Smith and Nathan Larson recorded seven and six kills, respectively, for the Eagles, which slumped to 0-4 in league.
Bellarmine beat St. Francis 188-201 April 14 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.