LA track team shines at Top 8


The CCS Top 8 Classic is a good way for track and field athletes to see how they measure up against the Central Coast Section’s best, and many of those from Los Altos High proved Saturday that they could hold their own.

Members of Los Altos’ boys and girls varsity teams combined to produce nine top-four finishes and set 13 personal records at Los Gatos High. The boys team placed third at the meet (39 points) and the girls took 15th (15 points) out of 34 schools.

No Eagle had a better day than distance runner Owen MacKenzie, who set PRs in both of his events. The junior placed second in the 3,200-meter run (9 minutes, 20.89 seconds) and third in the 1,600 by breaking the 4:20 barrier (4:19.40), which Los Altos co-head coach Dave Barth called “a huge accomplishment.”

Other notable efforts from the boys:

• Max Molchanov and Weston Fairey placed second and fourth, respectively, in the long jump with PR performances. Senior Molchanov jumped 22 feet, 10.5 inches; junior Fairey went 22-8, “a good 2 feet longer than he has gone all season,” Barth said.

• Molchanov tied for third in high jump by clearing 6 feet.

• The 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams both finished fourth, clocking a 43.22 (PR) and 3:28.93, respectively.

• Fairey nabbed eighth in the 100 dash (11.21) and senior David Lopez came in 12th with a PR of 11.29.

• Senior Rodrigo Cochran posted the 11th-best time in the 400 dash (51.35).

On the girls side, Tess Callan led the Eagles by placing third in the pole vault. The senior cleared 12 feet, breaking her own school record.

Other noteworthy performances from the girls:

• Anna Zaeske took fourth in the 400 dash (58.67), and the junior’s seventh-place time in the 200 dash (25.83) was “a huge PR,” Barth said.

• Junior Thea Mollerstedt finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (46.43) after placing 10th in the 100 hurdles (16.00).

• The 4x400 relay team came in sixth with a 4:05.14.

• Junior Jessie Bourgan ran a personal-best 47.53 to place 10th in the 300 hurdles.

• Jessica Carlson, a junior, claimed 10th in the 100 dash (12.61).

• Senior Rebecca Lim just missed the finals of the triple jump, placing 14th with a PR of 35-2.25.

The Los Altos boys and girls, who beat Gunn earlier in the week, are scheduled to cap their dual-meet season 3:30 p.m. Thursday at rival Mountain View. The Los Altos girls lead the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division at 5-0 and the boys are 4-1.

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Los Altos kept its perfect league record intact with a 12-9 win at Sequoia April 18.

The Eagles improved to 8-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-2 overall.

Hayden Hofmann paced Los Altos with five goals and two assists. Tripp Crissman added three goals and Connor Quinn had two goals and four assists.

In what coach Bill Kurz called “a big win for the Spartans,” Mountain View edged Burlingame 12-10 April 17 to remain in the playoff hunt.

Up 5-2 after a quarter, the Spartans found themselves down 7-6 at halftime and 10-9 at the end of the third period.

But the fourth was all Mountain View. Colin Murray produced back-to-back goals to give the Spartans the lead, and Steven Rutledge scored an insurance goal with 3 minutes to play.

The win boosted Mountain View’s record to 5-3 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-4 overall.


Los Altos lost all three of its games last week, sinking to 13-9 overall.

The Eagles dropped a 10-6 non-league game at Willow Glen Saturday after getting swept by Palo Alto in league play earlier in the week. The first-place Vikings prevailed 4-2 both days, putting the Eagles at 4-6 in the SCVAL De Anza Division (sixth place).

Alex Reelfs took the loss in the April 18 opener, in which he allowed five hits and struck out four in a complete-game effort. Los Altos stranded five runners in scoring position, while the host Vikings drove in four of the six runners they had in scoring position, “effectively deciding the game,” Eagles coach Gabe Stewart said.

In Friday’s contest, Los Altos played Paly even until the seventh, thanks largely to what Stewart called “six and two-thirds gutty innings” from starting pitcher Ryan Baum. That’s when the Vikings scored twice to break the 2-all tie, chasing Baum from the game. The host Eagles totaled only four hits, highlighted by Reelfs’ RBI double off the fence in the first inning.


After starting the week with a 17-8 rout of Sequoia, Mountain View lost its two other non-league games to slump to 8-9 overall.

The Spartans dropped a 6-3 decision to Aragon Thursday – despite outhitting the home team five to four – and fell 8-7 at Capuchino Friday on a walk-off single in the ninth.

Mountain View racked up 14 hits April 17 against visiting Sequoia. Jessica Day went 3-for-3.

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