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Blach relay teams race to titles at league, county track meets


Courtesy of Steve Kane
Blach’s seventh-grade boys 4x100 relay teams – Trace Thompson, Ethan Wolff, Ryan Cambouris and Adrian Cecil – won league and county titles.

Relays ruled at Blach Intermediate School this spring.

The Falcons’ seventh-grade boys 4x100-meter relay team finished first at last month’s Santa Clara County track and field championships, and the girls 4x100 team took third. A week earlier, both foursomes won their races at the league championships.

Estell excels


Oscar Estell/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Rachael Estell, racing in the 100 dash at the CCS finals, finished sixth in the long jump at the state meet.
 

Spending a second straight day under the searing sun in Clovis this time of year may seem more like a punishment than a reward – unless you’re competing in the state track and field championships.

Mountain View High’s Rachael Estell was pleased to place high enough in the preliminaries of the girls long jump Friday at Buchanan High – where temperatures topped out at 105 degrees – to make the finals. She jumped 19 feet, 2 3/4 inches Saturday to finish sixth, ensuring her reward would include an award.

MV's Estell qualifies for finals in 4 events, then races to prom


Oscar Estell/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View’s 4x100 relay team – from left, Megan Yama, Rachael Estell, Abriana Bracy and Shareen Estremera – set a personal-best time at the CCS semifinals Saturday in Gilroy.

There was little rest for Rachael Estell Saturday. After competing in four events at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals in Gilroy, the Mountain View High junior had to race home and get ready for prom that night.

“It was a busy day,” she said, “but everything went really well.”

Estell steps up

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Mountain View High’s Rachael Estell recently realized being in step for the long jump was causing her to get out of step for sprinting. Jumpers are more focused on measuring strides than sprinters, and that tendency was creeping into her 100- and 200-meter dashes.

“My steps weren’t as fast for running,” the junior said. “It took me a little while to figure it out, and I put it all together at the CCS Top 8 meet.”

Decathlete Hoffer wins silver at World Masters


Courtesy of Miche Hoffer
Miche Hoffer raises his arms in celebration at the World Masters. He placed second in the men’s 40-44 division of the decathlon.

While grabbing gold is the goal of most track and field athletes, Miche Hoffer was satisfied with securing silver at the 2015 World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships.

“I’m very happy with that,” the Mountain View resident said of finishing second in the decathlon for the men’s 40-44 age division. “I did all I could and all I could hope for. There’s nothing I could have done differently to win the competition.”

Robinson returns to running


Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Runner Sarah Robinson, right, received support from big sister Erin, a former track athlete at UCLA, at the Junior Nationals.

Sarah Robinson is back on the track.

The Los Altos Hills resident recently gave up soccer to focus on distance running – the other sport in which she excelled during her days at Gunn High.


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