Eagles repeat last year's feat

Courtesy of Sarah Wallace
The Los Altos High gymnastics team commemorates its CCS championship after last week’s meet. Front, from left: Coaches Sarah Wallace and Sydney Fong. Middle: Emilie Enser, Emma Tsao and Courtney Krauss. Back: Noor Tadros, Makeda Yezala, Kylie Molina, Allison Bricca, Roosa Uusitalo and Alexa Hamlin.

When the gymnastics season started, coach Sarah Wallace was confident her Los Altos High team had what it took to repeat as Central Coast Section champion. Last week, the Eagles proved her right.

Los Altos earned a score of 148.750 May 15 at Gymtowne Gymnastics in South San Francisco, where Homestead (146.900) was the runner-up for the second straight year. Mountain View placed third (143.350) and St. Francis finished fourth (142.900) in the six-team meet.

Local swimmers shine at state championships

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The St. Francis High girls 400 free relay team – clockwise, from top left, Brooke Schaffer, Sydney Harris, Nicole Oliva and Audrey Holden – placed second at CCS and the state meet.

Los Altos High’s Danielle Carter and St. Francis High’s Brooke Schaffer not only competed in the state swimming and diving championships for the fourth year in a row – they also returned from last weekend’s meet with medals in hand.

Carter placed second in the girls 100-yard backstroke, while fellow Los Altos resident Schaffer took second in the 50 and 100 freestyles, plus anchored a pair of relay teams that finished in the top three.

High school gymnastics teams spring into action

Cindy Linker
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Cindy Linker competes in last week’s season-opening meet that also included gymnasts from Los Altos and St. Francis.

A gymnastics dynasty may be forming at Los Altos High.

Coach Sarah Wallace said her Eagles have the potential to do what St. Francis did – claim consecutive Central Coast Section championships. The Lancers are the last team to accomplish this, winning their 16th title in as many years in 2015.

Hills resident Reichert runs away with Napa Valley Marathon

Courtesy of Mark Winitz/Napa Valley Marathon
Liza Reichert of Los Altos Hills crosses the finish line at the 41st annual Napa Valley Marathon March 3. She won the women’s division with a time of 2 hours, 44 minutes, 6 seconds, which was nearly 8 minutes faster than the runner-up. Reichert’s time qualified her for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta. She also made it to the trials in 2016.

Liza Reichert approached her first Napa Valley Marathon more concerned with her time than where she placed.

“I knew I had a good shot at winning,” the Los Altos Hills resident said, “but my primary goal was to get the mark I needed to qualify for the Olympic Trials.”

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