Despite disparity in their numbers, LA track teams off to even starts

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Senior Kareem Hyver is the top thrower at Los Altos High.

The Los Altos High track and field program is lopsided when it comes to numbers – with more than twice as many boys as girls – but the teams are even as far as wins.

Each varsity squad is 1-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, beating Lynbrook March 8 and falling to Palo Alto Thursday.

While the boys have found strength in numbers, the girls are getting a lot out of a little. With 15 girls, Los Altos beat Lynbrook by 14 points. But Paly proved too powerful, prevailing 78-44.

“The varsity girls do not have many members on their team but have a ton of talent,” Los Altos co-head coach David Barth said. “They have their work cut out for them at dual meets with so few people, but most are veterans and awesome athletes.”

Catherine Li fits both categories. The senior “is a stud out there,” Barth said, ranking at or near the top of the De Anza Division in the 100-meter dash and triple jump. Li won both events Thursday – running the 100 in 13.05 seconds and leaping 35 feet, 4.5 inches in the triple jump – and also claimed the 100 hurdles (17.30). She added a second-place finish in the 200 dash (27.39).

Runners Sarah Wobber and Claire Bowie, both juniors, have also racked up points for the Eagles in multiple events. Wobber won the 400 dash (1:01.95) against Paly, while Bowie took second in the 1,600 run (5:40.57).

Senior Heather Sangster and sophomore Sophia Hyver are the top throwers. Hyver, in her first varsity meet, finished second in the shot put Thursday (26-0) and Sangster was next (25-9).

Hyver’s big brother Kareem is the boys’ leading thrower. The senior finished second in the discus (126-5) and shot (42-6.5) Thursday and is among the top-five throwers in the league in both.

The boys have two of the best hurdlers in CCS. Senior Markell Stine won the 110 hurdles (15.09) Thursday, while junior Danny Yeager claimed the 300 (41.40).

Stine recently added the long jump to his list of events, finishing second (21-6.5 ) in Thursday’s 70-52 loss to Paly. He also took second in the 400 dash (51.0)

“He’s an incredible athlete who works very hard,” Barth said.

Yeager finished second to Stine in the 110 hurdles (16.56), won the 300 hurdles (41.40) and was second in the high jump (5-10).

Los Altos swept the 1,600 run, thanks to Terrence Rabuzzi (4:38.21), Josh Cohen (4:41.19) and Dane Kreisman (4:44.95). Later in the 3,200 run, Cohen (10:09.97) and Alex Carr (10:11.04) finished one-two.

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