Los Altos High’s track and field season ratchets up a notch next week when the undefeated Eagles host the SCVAL De Anza Division championships.
“The team has worked hard all season, and we are very excited for the upcoming weeks of competition,” co-head coach Dave Barth said.
Standout performers in the two-day meet, scheduled 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (trials) and April 25 (finals) advance to the league championships the following Friday at Los Gatos.
Expect plenty of Eagles to be there, based on how well the boys and girls teams did in dual meets. Both finished 6-0 in the De Anza Division after thumping rival Mountain View Thursday at Los Altos in blustery conditions. The boys prevailed 102-25 and the girls won 98-28.
Los Altos senior Weston Fairey was the lone double-winner of the day; he claimed the 100-meter dash (11.40 seconds) and long jump (20 feet, 5 inches).
The Los Altos boys also received wins from Tyler St. Laurent in the shot put (44-5), Egor Cherkashin in the high jump (5-8), Xingyu Zhai in the triple jump (40-7.5), Rian Lawlor in the 1,600 run (4:43.47), Jimmy Dessouki in the 110 hurdles (17.02), Alex Toeller in the 400 dash (52.83), Daniel Adams in the 800 run (2:06.96), Tianyu Feng in the 200 dash (23.56), Daniel Ghasemfar in the 3,200 run (10:12.06) and the 4x100 relay team (44.50).
Mountain View’s victories came from Mohnish Shankar in the 300 hurdles (44.61), Andrew Daetz in the discus (145-0) and the 4x400 relay team (3:56.70).
The Los Altos girls’ winners included Olivia Pye in the shot put (25-8.5), Maura Kelleher in the high jump (5-2), Lily Beck in the 1,600 (5:50.67), Thea Mollerstedt in the 100 hurdles (15.84), Elana Eisenberg in the 400 (1:05.04), Jessie Carlson in the 100 dash (13.17), Emma Rosen in the 800 (2:33.68), Anna Zaeske in the 200 dash (26.45), Nicole Player in the 300 hurdles (49.12), Anya Gupta in the 3,200 (12:53.42), along with the 4x100 (50.58) and 4x400 (4:30.04) relay teams.
Mountain View’s wins came courtesy of Aya Kitajima in the discus (85-3) and Cassie Lee in the long jump (16-1.75).
With last week’s sweep of Homestead, Los Altos stretched its winning streak to 10 games and closed in on the De Anza Division championship.
At 11-1 in league with two games left, the Eagles are well ahead of the other team in title contention: Los Gatos (6-2). If Los Altos sweeps Palo Alto (6-4) in two weeks, it wins the crown outright – even if the Wildcats go 4-0. If the Eagles split with Paly, Los Gatos has a chance to share the title.
Homestead proved no match for Los Altos (18-1 overall), which routed the Mustangs 16-6 and 16-3.
In the series opener April 10, the host Eagles jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Los Altos finished with 17 hits, eight for extra bases, and scored half its runs with two outs. The Eagles’ leading hitters included Zach Fuchs (four hits, four RBIs), Ben Parker (three hits, three RBIs), Brennan Hanley (three hits, two RBIs) and Juan Angulo (home run and double). Fuchs earned the win.
Los Altos got off to another fast start Friday, leading 5-0 in the second. The Eagles collected 18 hits in all, three by Aidan Brenner. Aaron Parker slugged a homer and drove in four runs; big brother Ben hit two doubles. Winning pitcher Ryan Baum had four RBIs.
After starting the season 0-4, Los Altos has reeled off three straight wins – the latest coming Thursday at Carlmont, 16-13.
“For the third game in a row, our Eagles showed that they will never give up,” coach Kevin Quinn said. “Our middies worked super hard, performed really well and absolutely made the difference in this come-from-behind victory.”
Down 4-0 early, Los Altos led 7-5 at the half and outscored Carlmont by a goal the rest of the way.
Connor Quinn led the Eagles with eight goals and won 32 out of 33 faceoffs. Baylor Hofmann added three goals and Tripp Crissman contributed two.
Mountain View also beat Carlmont last week, 7-6, for its second win of the season. Trailing by two goals early in the third quarter, the Spartans outscored the Scots 4-1 the rest of the way. Lucas Tomasello made two goals, with Nile Lo scoring in between, to give Mountain View a 6-5 lead entering the fourth. Lo added an insurance goal – his fifth of the game – with six minutes to play.
The Spartans fell 13-5 at Palo Alto Thursday, dropping to 2-8.
Mountain View picked up two more league wins last week, upping its record to 7-0 in the De Anza Division. The Spartans shut out Santa Clara 7-0 April 9 and blanked Milpitas 5-0 Thursday.
Emily Klemm earned the win versus Santa Clara, striking out six batters and allowing just three hits. Host Mountain View (12-3 overall) scored all of its runs in the third. Aysia Minor totaled two hits and Jessica Day drove in a pair of runs.
Simiran Lauwers got the win at Milpitas, striking out six and limiting the Trojans to four hits. Lauren Dove recorded two hits.
Los Altos tightened its grip on first place in the SCVAL El Camino Division by clipping second-place Mountain View 209-211 April 10 at Shoreline Golf Links.
The Eagles improved to 9-0.
Mountain View won its other two matches last week, putting the team’s record at 8-2 in league.
The Spartans defeated Lynbrook 176-192 April 8 at Deep Cliff Golf Course behind rounds of 32 by Jason Peltier and Justin Lee, then toppled Fremont 222-239 Thursday at Sunnyvale Muni, where William Zhou shot a 37.
St. Francis placed first (131.750), Mountain View third (122.750) and Los Altos fifth (107.150) last week at Cupertino. St. Francis’ Amy Deatherage was first all-around (35.700) and Los Altos’ Roosa Uusitalo took second (35.650).
Mountain View beat Los Altos twice on the same day last week. The host Spartans completed a match continued from two weeks earlier, then faced the Eagles in a full match April 8. Mountain View won both by 4-3 scores.
That was the start of a five-match week to cap the Spartans’ season. They cruised to a 6-1 win at Santa Clara the next day, fell to visiting Palo Alto 4-3 a day later and edged Milpitas 4-3 Thursday at Mountain View.
The Spartans went 7-5 in the El Camino Division and 8-6 overall.