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.

Local swimmers shine at state championships

Abbey Liao/Special to the Town Crier
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.

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