Flyin' Falcons

Courtesy of Eric Mark
Blach Intermediate School’s seventh-grade girls 4x400 relay team – Natalie Mark, from left, Audrey Zhang, Grace Strode and Maya Narang – set a new county meet record last month.

Blach Intermediate School’s Natalie Mark made her mark at this year’s Santa Clara County track and field championships. The only Falcon to win an individual event, she also anchored a relay team that provided Blach with its other first-place finish at the meet.

Competing in the seventh-grade girls division, Natalie won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 25.81 seconds and joined forces with Maya Narang, Grace Strode and Audrey Zhang to set a meet record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:23.18 last month at Los Gatos High.

Even with degree in hand, MVHS grad Russert plans to keep jumping at University of Oregon

Courtesy of Oregon Track and Field
Drew Russert competes in the triple jump earlier this year at the University of Oregon.

Although he earned his degree from the University of Oregon in March, Los Altos native and Oregon jumper Drew Russert isn’t quite ready to hang up his spikes.

“I would like to reach some goals for next year,” said Russert, who has one more year of eligibility. “I’ve got some unfinished business I need to take care of.”

LA's MacKenzie and Zaeske compete at state track meet; SF sends several competitors

Courtesy of Mark Foster
Los Altos High junior Owen MacKenzie runs the 3,200 at the state finals. He placed 16th.

Los Altos High’s Owen MacKenzie had known for a week that he was going to run at the state track and field championships, yet he didn’t fully grasp the notion until he got there.

“When I stepped into the stadium, it finally sunk in that I had qualified to the state meet,” the junior said. “The stadium was amazing, the stands are really tall and the blue track is stunning.”

Mollerstedt among host of Eagles bound for track finals

Los Altos High’s Thea Mollerstedt wasn’t feeling well when she ran the hurdles at last year’s Central Coast Section track and field trials, and it probably cost her a chance to make the finals.

This year, the junior was feeling fine and qualified for Friday’s finals in both the girls 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

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