New St. Francis track coach Pompei teaches athletes patience, persistence

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St. Francis High track coach Phil Pompei roots on his runners at a recent meet.

As a student at St. Francis High, Phil Pompei was a standout in cross-country, soccer and track. Ten years later, the Los Altos native teaches at the school and coaches there.

The boys cross-country coach since 2013, Pompei was named co-head coach of the track and field team this year.

Eagles on track to win league

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Los Altos High’s Thea Mollerstedt races in the 100-meter hurdles Thursday against Milpitas. She won that event and 300 hurdles.

Even with some of its top competitors taking the day off to be ready for the Stanford Invitational, the Los Altos High track and field team had no trouble beating Milpitas Thursday.

The Eagles’ boys and girls squads dominated the home meet, each improving to 3-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

McConnell's late surges lead to first-place finishes at CCAA track and field championships

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Kelly McConnell, middle, crosses the finish line in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles. He won the race in a personal-best 52.75 seconds.

Kelly McConnell’s win in the 400-meter hurdles came at a cost – he injured his foot after already suffering from shin splits at the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship meet – yet the junior was determined to anchor Chico State’s 4x400 relay team later that day.

After all, the Los Altos native wasn’t the only member of his relay running hurt.

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.

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