Closing in on perfection

Photo Joe Hu/Town CrierMountain Views Mary Reynolds leads the way in the 1,600 run.

Mountain View High coach Evan Smith had a question for his track and field team after Thursday’s decisive win over Monta Vista. “Can we make it a perfect 24-0 going into leagues?”

Only Los Gatos stands between Mountain View and a perfect regular season. If the Spartans come away from Thursday’s 3 p.m. league finale at Los Gatos with a sweep – winning the varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh-soph boys and junior-varsity girls divisions – they will finish a combined 24-0 in dual meets this year.

Mountain View improved to 20-0 last week against Monta Vista, winning every division of the SCVAL De Anza Division meet by more than 50 points.

The varsity boys prevailed 94-33, taking 14 of the 15 events. Lyndon Lew, Brian Raichlen, Preston Ng, Alex Koukoutsakis, Mark Rutner and Jesse Weed led the way with multiple wins.

Lew placed first in both hurdles races, clocking what Smith called “a gigantic PR (personal record)” of 15.78 seconds in the 110 meters and 43.21 in the 300. Lew was also a member of the victorious 4x100 relay team (45.68).

Raichlen was on the relay as well and added wins in the 100 (11.63) and 200 (23.58) dashes.

Ng won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and long jump (19-2) “and missed a triple win by one inch in the triple jump,” Smith said.

The coach added that Koukoutsakis “was his usual double-winner self in the shot (put) and discus,” with marks of 40-2.5 and 134-3, respectively.

Rutner won the 400 dash (53.51) and ran the 4x100 relay. Weed rounded out the 4x100 team and was also part of the first-place 4x400 team (4:02.68).

Mountain View’s other wins came courtesy of Patrick Rabuzzi in the 800 run (2:09.45), Neil Lingarkar in the 1,600 run (4:47.23) and Robert McLauchlan in the 3,200 run (10:15.31).

On the girls’ side, the Spartans cruised to a 94-32 victory highlighted by “Lisa Erkander’s huge PR in the 300 hurdles of 48.49, which puts her at No. 11 in the CCS,” Smith said. Erkander also won the 100 hurdles (17.21).

The Spartans’ other double-winners included Susie Reynolds and Martine de Geus. Reynolds claimed the 3,200 run (12:43.59) and was on the victorious 4x400 relay (4:39.53), while de Geus captured the long jump (15-10) and triple jump (31-8).

In addition, Mountain View received wins from Ariana Mott in the 400 dash (1:03.24), Zoe Pappas in the 800 run (2:31.92), Kristine Talbot in the 1,600 run (5:32.48), Kylie McKown in the high jump (4-10) and Brielle Rowe in the discus (101-2).

Eagles sweep Wildcats

The Los Altos boys and girls teams picked up where they left off before spring break, winning a league meet in decisive fashion. The boys beat visiting Los Gatos 82-38 and the girls won 86-40.

The Eagles, who routed Monta Vista two weeks earlier, improved to 2-3 (boys) and 3-2 (girls) in the De Anza Division.

“We had a great meet (April 22),” coach PattiSue Plumer said. “It was our last home meet of the season, and we had the always emotional senior-recognition ceremony, so it was a great meet for them to go out on.”

The Los Altos boys captured 11 events. Distance runner Eric Safai, sprinter Roy Abousamra, thrower Stephen Hine and jumper Todd Grimm led the Eagles by winning two events each.

Safai won the 1,600 (4:37.85) and 3,200 runs (11:26.86); Abousamra placed first in the 100 (12.04) and 200 dashes (24.31); Hine claimed the shot put (46-01.50) and discus 131-09; and Grimm took the long jump (18-01.25) and triple jump (38-11.5).

The Eagles’ other individual wins came from Ben Schneider in the 800 run (2:12.80) and Scott Greathouse in the high jump (5-10). Los Altos won the 4x100 relay in a season-best time of 46.89.

The Eagle girls won 10 events – four by freshman Catherine Li, who had “the standout performance of the day,” Plumer said.

Li won the 100 hurdles (17.61), 300 hurdles (53.43), long jump (14-9.5) and triple jump (30-8.5).

Erin Hicks swept the distance runs, winning the 1,600 in 5:28.94 and the 3,200 in 11:54.28. Serina Rye, a freshman, added a victory in the 400 run (1:03.47) and Molly McShane won the 800 (2:26.94).

The Eagles claimed both relays in season-best times: the 4x100 in 50.47 and the 4x400 in 4:12.22.

Locals lead Gunn to win

A pair of Los Altos Hills residents combined to win five events and place second in another for the Gunn girls, who beat rival Palo Alto 78-48 Thursday.

Sunny Margerum won the 100 hurdles (14.9) and long jump (16-10 1/4) and was second in the 100 dash (12.3).

Kieran Gallagher placed first in the 400 dash (1:01.5) and 800 run (2:27.9) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay (4:25.1).

Locals shine at Top 8

The local schools’ top competitors were back in action Friday at the Top 8 Classic at Los Gatos.

Mountain View performed particularly well in the 1,600, with Mary Reynolds (5:01.87) and Allison Sturges (5:03.06) finishing 1-2 in the girls race and Garrett Rowe (4:21.58) placing third among the boys. The Spartans’ 4x400 relay was second (4:06.07).

The St. Francis boys won the 4x100 relay (42.75). The Lancers’ Jerry Butler took second in the discus (154-1) and third in the shot put (48-1.5), while teammate Lasjohn Johnson finished third in the long jump (21-11.5).

The St. Francis girls received a win from Shanie Landen in the 400 run (57.06) and a second-place finish from Christina Roche in the pole vault (10-0).

Pinewood’s Angela Gradiska won the girls 200 dash (24.46) and placed second in the 100 (11.99).

Gunn’s Margerum took third in the girls 100 hurdles (15.1).

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