Track and field coaches at the two Los Altos junior highs were elated with how their teams performed this spring, and coaches at the local high schools probably share those feelings – many of those runners, jumpers and throwers are headed their way.
Blach Intermediate School and Egan Junior High combined to send 36 athletes to last month’s county track meet in San Jose, returning with 14 medals.
“Overall, we had a good season with a few surprises,” said Steve Kane, Blach’s co-head coach and athletic director.
The most pleasant surprise, according to Kane, was the success of the Falcons’ eighth-grade girls team, which won the Valley Junior High School Athletic League. The squad finished third or higher in six events at the league meet, held May 13 and 14 at Graham Middle School in Mountain View.
Mae Hubel won the shot put and took third in the discus. Gabi Joffe claimed the 800-meter run and anchored the third-place 1,600 relay, which also included Annalisa Pao, Olivia Porat and Serena Myjer. Cindy Barker came in second in the 100 dash and Myjer was third in the 1,600 run.
They all qualified for the May 21 county meet at Mt. Pleasant High, where Joffe won the 800.
“Gabi was undefeated all season long in the 800 and was impressive to watch when anchoring the girls 4x400 team,” Kane said.
The coach had high hopes for his eighth-grade boys team, but the Falcons were unable to challenge for the league title in what he called a “very strong” division led by mighty Hyde Middle School of Cupertino. Sprinter Cole Corsiglia paced Blach at the league meet. He secured second in the 100 dash and anchored the 400 relay, teaming with Alex Sullivan, Ryan Kim and Rohan Kapur to finish fourth. Josh Rowsey was fourth in the 800.
All these athletes moved on to the county meet, where Corsiglia placed a close second in the 100.
“Cole continued to impress everyone with his speed in the 100,” Kane said. “In both league and county (meets), a photo finish was the only way to decide his second-place finish over the champion.”
Thrower Nick Sullivan led Blach’s seventh-grade boys, shining on the league and county levels. He won the discus and shot put at the league meet and the latter at the county event.
“Nick Sullivan was a phenomenal seventh-grade shot put and discus thrower,” Kane said. “He broke our seventh-grade boys shot put record with a throw of 45 (feet)-10 (inches) during one of our meets.”
Nick Sullivan anchored the 4x100 relay – running with Nikhil Weigel, Zach Moran and James Dinneen – which finished second at the league meet. Weigel placed third in the 100 dash and would have likely qualified for the county meet in the 1,600 as well, according to Kane, if it weren’t for a hamstring injury. Douglas Dahm placed second in the high jump at the league meet.
Kane said the Falcons “had an impressive group of seventh-grade girls distance runners with Chloe Olson, Amber Fry and Rachel Korobkin really turning it on at the end of the season.” Olson won the 800 at the league meet and was second at the county event. Fry and Korobkin finished fourth in the 1,600 and 800, respectively, at the league meet.
Thrower Aya Kitajima captured the discus at the league meet and took third in the shot put.
Vikings rack up medals
While Egan didn’t send as many athletes to the county meet as district rival Blach (14 compared to 22), the Vikings brought back more medals (10 to four).
“Our Egan track and field team had a great season this year,” said Can Huynh, one of the Vikings’ three coaches.
The eighth-grade boys accounted for most of Egan’s medals. Max Molchanov placed second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Coby Zorn took second in the high jump, while Nolan Brennan finished fifth in that event and Erik Li seventh.
Tori Luca won the eighth-grade girls mile and teammate Rebecca Lim took third in the long jump.
The seventh-grade boys 4x100 relay team – featuring Andrew Mo, Kevin Kim, McKinley Polen and Austin Townsend – set the county meet record with a time of 50.12 seconds. Kim added a third-place finish in the long jump.
Nicola Lebakos led the seventh-grade girls, placing fifth in the 100 dash.