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Mtn. View girls defend track title, Los Altos advances in CCS tennis

Photo Tanya Rowe/Special To The Town Crier

Four throwers on the Mountain View High girls track team last week advanced to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Qualifier. From left Malia Allen, Jasmin Roley, throwing coach Anthony Riviera, Brielle Rowe and Samantha Sinclair.

Thursday’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division track and field finals ended with the Mountain View High girls maintaining their stranglehold on the league title and the boys settling for a co-championship.

The Mountain View girls, undefeated in dual meets, captured their fourth consecutive league crown by amassing 109 points. Host Gunn finished second (93) and Los Altos third (86).

The defending champion Spartan boys totaled 86 points to place a distant second to Palo Alto (136), but the teams will share the league title because Mountain View was unbeaten in dual meets. Los Altos produced 82 points Thursday, finishing third.

The Spartan girls received stellar efforts from a runner, thrower and jumper at the meet.

Allison Sturges “had an excellent double victory,” coach Steve Kemp said, claiming the mile (5 minutes, 3.03 seconds) and 2-mile (2:13.81) runs. Brielle Rowe won the discus (128 feet, 2 inches) and shot put (35-1 1/4), while Kyle McKown captured the high jump (5-4) and took second in the triple jump with a personal-best 35-2 1/2.

The Mountain View boys won two events, highlighted by Parker Schuh’s record run in the 2-mile race. The senior clocked a 9:22.86, topping the old meet record by nearly five seconds. Tyler Halsted prevailed in the long jump (21-8 1/2) and “had two strong sprints,” Kemp said. The junior finished second in the 100-meter dash (personal record 11.03) and 200 dash (22.29). Stefan Lemak had a PR as well, running the 400 dash in 51.34 for second.

In all, Mountain View had 29 athletes perform well enough to make the SCVAL Qualifier, scheduled 4:30 p.m. Friday at Santa Clara High. The top performers advance to the Central Coast Section semifinals May 21 in Gilroy.

Los Altos High has 28 athletes eligible to compete Friday, explaining coach PattiSue Plumer’s satisfaction with the Eagles’ efforts at the league meet.

“I thought our team did a great job (Thursday),” she said. “It was really hot, windy and miserable. … That said, the performances, effort and attitude were stellar across the board.”

Markell Stine led Los Altos by winning the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Kareem Hyver claimed the discus. On the girls side, Catherine Li won the 100 dash and Sarah Wobber the 200. The girls 4x100 relay team finished undefeated in the De Anza Division, winning in a season-best 49.29.

Boys tennis

Up against a St. Ignatius team strong in singles, Los Altos dominated doubles and received a win from No. 4 player Lenon Avidan to advance in the playoffs.

In what coach Bill Wong called “a see-saw battle,” the Eagles eked out a 4-3 home win in Friday’s second round of the CCS team tournament.

Los Altos swept the doubles side, and all their wins came in straight sets. The top team of Greg Dwulet/Justin Koehler prevailed 6-2, 6-1. Avidan’s singles win came in straight sets as well, 6-3, 6-2 over Tristan Lee.

“It was truly a team effort,” Wong said.

The eighth-seeded Eagles (16-2) were scheduled to face No. 1 Menlo (22-1) Monday in Atherton. The winner plays in the semifinals today at Courtside Club in Los Gatos.

St. Francis failed to get beyond the first round of CCS, falling 6-1 to visiting Gunn May 4. Top singles player Neel Ramachandran earned the lone win for the Lancers (11-11).

Golf

Los Altos junior Zach Nicolet qualified for today’s CCS regional tournament in Carmel by placing sixth at last week’s SCVAL championships.

Nicolet shot a two-day total of 156 at the league tournament, held at Coyote Creek the first day and San Juan Oaks the next. He shot 76 the final day, capping it with an eagle.

“He was very consistent throughout the round,” coach Dave Blasquez said.

St. Francis tied Mitty for first at the West Catholic Athletic League championships, held last week at the Presidio, and both teams advance to the regional.

The Lancers – led by senior Matt Biggar’s 72 – shot 363.

Badminton

Mountain View edged visiting Fremont 16-14 May 3. Spartan coach Wai Lam said, “both the boys and girls doubles performed exceptionally well.”

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