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Mtn. View track star Estell bound for Harvard

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Heavily recruited Mountain View High senior Rachael Estell has chosen Harvard.

Harvard University was just a phone call away – and Rachael Estell couldn’t answer it.

The Mountain View High senior was in class two weeks ago when the number from the Harvard Admissions Office popped up on her smartphone. She so badly wanted to know if her top choice – academically and athletically – was calling with good news.

Estell earns medal in long jump at national Junior Olympics

Courtesy of Hideyo Estell
Rachael Estell proudly shows the medal she won in Sacramento last month.

Rachael Estell returned from what may be her last USATF Junior Olympic Championships with a shiny souvenir.

The Los Altos resident won a medal by finishing seventh in the 17-18 division of the women’s long jump.

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.

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