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


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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.

New St. Francis track coach Pompei teaches athletes patience, persistence


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St. Francis High track coach Phil Pompei roots on his runners at a recent meet.

As a student at St. Francis High, Phil Pompei was a standout in cross-country, soccer and track. Ten years later, the Los Altos native teaches at the school and coaches there.

The boys cross-country coach since 2013, Pompei was named co-head coach of the track and field team this year.


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