Local jr. high athletes shine at county meet

Courtesy of Steve Kane
Blach’s Isabella Walker won three events at the county meet.

Based on how athletes from Blach Intermediate School and Egan Junior High performed at the county meet, the local high schools should be excited about the future of their track and field programs.

The seventh- and eighth-graders from the two Los Altos schools combined to win 13 events May 18 at Pioneer High in San Jose. They were runners-up in four events and placed third in five events. In all, the Blach Falcons and Egan Vikings came home with 35 top-five finishes.

“We did very well,” said Steve Kane, Blach’s co-athletic director and track coach, who added that Egan “had some amazing athletes as well.”

Blach’s Isabella Walker, competing in the seventh-grade girls division, won three events: the 100-meter dash (12.97 seconds), 65-meter hurdles (10.47) and long jump (15 feet, 1/4 inches).

“Isabella’s speed and power is evident whenever she races and jumps,” Kane said of Blach’s record-holder in the long jump.

Kane’s son, seventh-grader Patrick, took top honors in the 100 dash (12.38) and 1,600 run (5:15.65), breaking a 10-year-old school record in the latter.

“Patrick is gifted with both speed and endurance,” said coach Kane, adding that his son was undefeated in the 100 dash this year.

Patrick also anchored the Falcons’ 400-meter relay team, joining forces with Joey Peir, Jaden Rosenberg and Ethan McMillan to finish second (52.57).

Blach’s eighth-grade boys 4x100 relay team of Ryan Cambouris, Adrian Cecil, Nolan Bridges and Ethan Wolff took top honors at the meet with a time of 47.96.

“The eighth-grade boys team was fun to watch,” coach Kane said of the foursome. “They had come into the season with high expectations and suffered a couple of losses during league meets. This made them work harder and pull off the back-to-back wins in league and counties.”

The Falcons’ eighth-grade girls 4x400 relay team of Aoife Hernon, Maddy Kansky, Alexis Romero and Alexa Barton came in second with a 4:31.64.

For Egan, the eighth-grade boys led the way by racking up 60 points at the meet – the most among the 20 schools in their division – to claim the team title.

Kevin Andrews provided many of those points by placing in three events. He finished second in the 1,600 run (4:48.23) and fifth in both the 800 run (2:16.34) and triple jump (35-8).

Aaron Parker and John Zhai added wins in the shot put (43-9) and high jump (5-8), respectively, with teammate Charlie Kinne taking second in the latter (5-6). Charlie took fifth in the 65-meter hurdles (9.50).

The Vikings’ seventh-grade boys totaled 46 points, tying for second. Egan’s 4x400 relay team won its race (4:14.11) and the 4x100 relay team finished fourth (53.31). Joshua Kung, Dominic Christiansen and Shawn Toney each placed eighth or better in two events. Joshua was the runner-up in the triple jump (35-1) and placed sixth in the high jump (4-8). Dominic came in fifth in the long jump (16-1 3/4) and sixth in the triple jump (33-8). Shawn took fifth in the 65 hurdles (10.62) and eighth in the discus (79-7).

Egan’s eighth-grade girls scored 36 points to finish third. Eliza Morgan won the triple jump (31-7) and long jump (14-10 3/4); teammate Amanda Le was fifth in the latter (13-8 1/2). Maura Kelleher and Kavya Ramamurthy contributed third-place points in the high jump (4-8) and 65 hurdles (10.99), respectively.

Egan’s best finish in the seventh-grade girls division came from the 4x400 relay team, which finished fourth (4:45.85).

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