Photo By: Chris Scheetz/Special to the Town Crier
No local girl had a better day at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals than Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson. The Los Altos Hills resident won the 3,200-meter run and placed second in the 1,600 race Saturday at Gilroy High.
Robinson ran the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 45.54 seconds – nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Danielle Katz of Los Gatos – and placed roughly one second behind San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell in the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.10.
“I feel good about (Saturday’s) races,” Robinson said. “My main focus at CCS trials was just to qualify for CCS finals.”
The finals are scheduled Friday back at Gilroy (4 p.m. field events, 6 p.m. track races), where Robinson aims to run her best and advance to next week’s state meet.
“My expectations for Friday would be to place well in CCS and to run PRs (personal records),” the junior said. “I think if I can accomplish both of those things, I will be happy.”
Mountain View’s Kolisa Nhlapo also qualified for the finals in two events. The junior finished fourth in the girls 300 hurdles (45.66) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.62).
“I feel good about the meet results; all of my personal goals were met,” Nhlapo said. “I will be entering the CCS finals with renewed vigor.”
The Spartans qualified two more girls for the finals, both in the 1,600. Melissa Reed placed sixth (5:02.10) and Maya Weigel came in 10th (5:13.17).
Lauren Jacobs will represent the Los Altos girls Friday. The freshman finished seventh in the 3,200 (11:14.27).
On the boys side, Los Altos senior Danny Yeager qualified in three events. He placed second in the 300 hurdles (38.69), tied for fifth in the high jump (clearing 6 feet, 2 inches) and ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay, which came in sixth (3:27.58). Arthur Bogdanovich ran the first leg, Konrad Niemiec the second and Willem Van Eck anchored the relay.
The Eagles’ 4x100 relay advanced as well. The team of Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Van Eck ran a 43.25 to nab the eighth and final spot in the finals.
“We did not have our best races in the relays but managed to sneak into finals,” said co-head coach Dave Barth, who noted that his research shows this is only the second time Los Altos has qualified both boys relay teams for the meet. “It is very hard at CCS (semifinals) to qualify for CCS finals because every team shows up ready to perform.”
Brian Yeager will join his older brother at the finals. The sophomore took fourth in the triple jump (44-7.50). Mountain View’s Drew Russert also advanced in the event, placing eighth (43-9).
Kevin Bastoul was the other Spartan to qualify, seizing the last berth with a 12th-place time of 4:27.65.
St. Francis shines
St. Francis will have several competitors at Friday’s CCS finals.
For the boys, Khalid Johnson has qualified in the 100 and 200 dashes, while twin brother Khalil made it in the long jump. Khalid won the 200 (21.79) and took second in the 100 (11.02) at the semifinals; Khalil was fifth in the long jump (22-7).
Marc Toney tied for first in the pole vault (13-0) and Gabriel McLarnan earned eighth in the 800 run (1:56.41). Both relay teams won their races, with the 4x100 tying rival Bellarmine for first (42.0) and the 4x400 prevailing outright (3:24.74).
Two St. Francis girls advanced: Lauren Johnson in the triple jump (second, 37-3.75) and 100 hurdles (fifth, 15.37) and Mackenzie Florant in the high jump (fifth, 5-0).