Los Altos is on track to vie for league title

The Los Altos High track and field team is off and running – and chasing championships.

Max Molchanov
Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier

Max Molchanov of Los Altos High competes in the triple jump March 29.

The boys and girls both beat Los Gatos last week, improving to 3-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

“As a team, we are doing great and hope to stay in contention for the league championship,” Eagles co-head coach Dave Barth said.

The Los Altos boys topped visiting Los Gatos 67-60 March 29, while the girls triumphed 70-56.

On the boys’ side, three underclassmen overwhelmed the competition. Junior Max Molchanov won the long jump (19 feet, 8 1/2 inches) and triple jump (42-11) and finished second in the high jump (6-0). Sophomore Owen MacKenzie took top honors in the 1,600-meter run (4 minutes, 39.66 seconds) and 3,200 run (10:08.67). Sophomore McKinley Polen placed first in the 200 dash (23.44) and second in the 100 (11.42).

The Eagles also received first-place points from senior Derek Mark in the 400 dash (51.77).

Emily Hennings and Naomi Donovan paced the Los Altos girls with two wins each. Hennings, a senior, finished first in the shot put (32-2) and discus (102-1 1/4). Donovan, a sophomore, was the first to cross the finish line in the 3,200 (13:04.10) and 1,600 (personal-best 5:11.97) runs.

Sophomore Thea Mollerstedt won the 100 hurdles (16.88), while junior Rebecca Lim claimed the triple jump (33-1 1/2).

Strong at Stanford

Los Altos sent several athletes to Saturday’s Stanford Invitational, where Barth said Molchanov “had another strong outing.” He finished fifth in the high jump (6-2) and long jump (21-5), establishing a personal record in the latter.

The boys 4x400 relay produced “arguably our performance of the meet,” Barth said.

The team of Polen, Tommy Andrews, Mark and Austin Townsend finished fifth with a 3:25.97 – the second-fastest time in the Central Coast Section this year.

The girls 4x100 relay team of Jessie Carlson, Anna Zaeske, Sandra Keehn and Tess Callan placed 20th with a season-best 51.24. The Eagles’ 4x400 relay team of Zae-ske, Keehn, Mollerstedt and Donovan ran a personal-best 4:09.76 for 24th. Individually, Donovan took 22nd in the mile (5:12.26).

What’s next

Los Altos is scheduled to host Homestead 3:15 p.m. today.

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