Local equestrian makes smooth transition from hunters division to jumpers division

Courtesy of Lauren Neumann
Los Alto resident Lauren Neumann rides Fireball in a recent horse show.

If you’re looking for Lauren Neumann, a likely place to find the 16-year-old is at a horse barn in Woodside.

The Los Altos resident has a passion for riding horses, something she’s done since age 6. She began by riding ponies and at 13 got her own horse.

St. Francis recognized for strength program

St. Francis High received a 2017 Strength of America Award at Friday’s National Strength and Conditioning Association’s National Conference Awards Banquet in Las Vegas.

The award – bestowed by the NSCA and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition – recognizes St. Francis for representing the gold standard in strength and conditioning.

Local karate school claims Grand Champion trophy

Courtesy of Robert McMaster
Sensei Robert McMaster, holding the large trophy in back, and his students show off their awards.

United Studios of Self Defense of Los Altos recently won the Grand Champion School Trophy at the USSD NorCal Summer Championship Tournament at Cañada College in Redwood City.

The Los Altos school sent 39 students to the kenpo karate tournament, held in the Bay Area twice a year (May and November).

Los Altos resident Bishop takes 11th at Escape triathlon

Stanford grad Kevin Bishop of Los Altos competes in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon didn’t live up to its name this year, as strong winds forced the cancelation of the swim from the island.

While that may have been a relief for participants apprehensive about swimming the 1.5 miles to shore in a bay known for its chilly temperatures and strong currents, Kevin Bishop felt a bit cheated.

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