Embracing the Escape: MV resident Lambert enjoys & excels in triathlon


Finisher Pix/Special to the Town Crier
Greg Lambert of Mountain View competes in his first Escape from Alcatraz triathlon earlier this month in San Francisco.

With his newborn still in the hospital as the 39th annual Escape from Alcatraz approached, Greg Lambert found a creative way to train for what ranks as one of the most daunting triathlons on the planet.

“I ran the stairs at Stanford Hospital,” the Mountain View resident said. “There are four flights of stairs, so you can beat yourself up, if you want to.”

Pickleball picking up steam on new courts at Rengstorff Park


Courtesy of Monica Williams
Mountain View Mayor Lisa Matichak, center, cuts the ribbon on the new pickleball courts at Rengstorff Park. Mountain View resident Monica Williams, standing at right of Matichak, played an integral role in the project.

It has been two months since the opening of the pickleball courts at Rengstorff Park in Mountain View, and the person who played a prominent role in the project said it’s been a success.

Mountain View resident Monica Williams, president of the Palo Alto Pickleball Club and an ambassador of the USA Pickleball Association, said the two courts are “doing great.” Participants number 12-16 on any given day, according to Williams.

Running in Mass. at Boston Marathon


Courtesy of Caitlin Chrisman
Mountain View resident Caitlin Chrisman runs the Boston Marathon. She finished 401st overall and 27th in her division.

Last month, 30,000 runners – including 26 athletes from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View – completed the pilgrimage to New England to compete in the 123rd Boston Marathon.

The top local finisher was Caitlin Chrisman of Mountain View, who finished 401st overall and was the 27th fastest in her division (women 18-39). She crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 40 minutes, which is a 6:08 mile pace for the 26.2 miles. Los Altos Hills’ Tatsuya Arai was the second fastest local participant, finishing in 2 hours, 50 minutes to place 1,149th overall and 882nd in his division (men 18-39).

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.


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