Falcons flourish at finals

Courtesy of Steve Kane
Twenty-nine students from Blach Intermediate School qualified for the county track and field championships by placing in the top five at last month’s league meet. Front row, from left: Nolan Pham, Audrey Zhang, Ashley Smith, Mikayla Kim, Chloe Chan, Natalie Mark and Grace Hanson. Middle: Garrett Tran, Amanda Huang, Alex Anderson, Olivia Backholm, Ava Shahiar, Andrew Chang, Toki Morimoto, Hannah Meng and Maya Narang. Back: Grace Strode, Kate Stone, Zach Romero, Billy Peir, Devan Melwani, Ethan Choe, Manu Gupta, Kyle Deng, Jackson Kim, Joshua Byun, Evan Murdock, Tanay Doppalapudi and Spencer Straw.

Although it goes against tradition, it might be fitting for Maya Narang, Grace Strode, Audrey Zhang and Natalie Mark to graduate from Blach Intermediate School in that order this afternoon.

After all, that’s the order the four girls ran the 4x400-meter relay in seventh and eighth grade – and they never lost a race.

SF's Eng makes state finals in 1,600 run; LA's Mollerstedt, relay set school records

Lars Eng/special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Eng competes in the 1,600 run at the state meet in Clovis.

The decision to compete in the state track and field championships or walk at graduation is a difficult one for many seniors attending schools that hold their ceremonies the same weekend as the meet.

St. Francis High distance runner Eric Eng faced such a dilemma the last weekend of May, but he found a way to run, walk and run again.

Eagles, Lancers sending several athletes to state

Andrew Zaeske/Special to the Town Crier
Menlo’s Charlotte Tomkinson edges Los Altos High’s Anna Zaeske for second place in the 4x400-meter relay at Friday’s Central Coast Section finals in Gilroy.

Although the photo finish for second place in the girls 4x400-meter relay didn’t favor Los Altos High at Friday’s Central Coast Section track and field finals, the Eagles still left Gilroy with plenty to smile about.

Los Altos co-head coach Dave Barth said the relay team of Jessie Bourgan, Jessie Carlson, Thea Mollerstedt and Anna Zaeske “gave everything they had” to finish in a season-best time of 3 minutes, 56.75 seconds and qualify for the state championships. The meet is slated Friday (trials) and Saturday (finals) in Clovis.

Eagles excel at CCS semifinal meet

Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Thea Mollerstedt, running in an early-season meet, last week qualified for the CCS finals in three events.

After going undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division and winning the league meet for the first time, the Los Altos High girls continued their streak of success Saturday at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals in Gilroy.

The Eagles will be represented in nine events at the CCS finals, slated to start at 4 p.m. Friday at Gilroy High.

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