Photo By: Courtesy of Steve Kane
Several Blach Intermediate School track and field athletes excelled this season. Sitting, from left Sophie Link, Allie Coyne, Mae Hubel and Gabi Joffe. Kneeling Leah Lam, Cole Corsiglia, Rohan Sarathy, Joshua Rowsey, Chris DeVincenzi, Melaid Imanian and Rachael Estell. Standing Juan Ibarra, Rohan Kapur, Avery Deaton, Hailey Marent, Max Elder, Ty Salkoski and Jai Austin.
In keeping with tradition, Blach Intermediate School recently completed another successful season in track and field.
The Falcons never have the biggest team, but they continue to thrive in their league and beyond.
Blach went undefeated in dual and tri-meets this year, with the eighth-grade girls winning the Valley Junior High School Athletic League championship meet as well. The Falcons claimed eight events at the league meet and three at the county championships.
Blach athletes also set school, county and league records.
“We had a good year,” co-head coach Steve Kane said. “We did very well.”
While the Falcons didn’t win all four divisions (seventh-grade boys, seventh-grade girls, eighth-grade boys and eighth-grade girls) at every dual and tri-meet, they scored enough points collectively to come out on top. Blach went 5-0 in the regular season, beating a combined eight league teams.
Then the Falcons’ eighth-grade girls dominated their division at the league meet in Mountain View before finishing fourth at the 40-school county championships in San Jose.
“They were a very good team,” said Kane, who shares coaching and athletic director duties at Blach with Pat Koren.
Rachael Estell won the 100-meter dash at the league and county meets to finish her junior-high career undefeated in the event. She set the county record for seventh-graders a year ago.
“Rachael is a top-notch runner,” Kane said. “She’s one of best girls to come through Blach, as far as sprinters go.”
The Mountain View High-bound Estell also ran on Blach’s 4x100 relay team, joining forces with Hailey Marent, Leah Lam and Sophie Link to win the league title. A bad pass at the county meet prevented them from placing at county, according to Kane.
Marent competed in the 65-meter hurdles as well, taking third at the league and county meets.
Avery Deaton won the shot put and discus at the league meet and placed second in the latter at the county championships.
“She’s a strong athlete,” Kane said.
Allie Coyne contributed to the cause at the league meet, finishing third in the 800 and 1,600 runs.
Coyne wasn’t the only Blach girl to excel in the 800. Seventh-grader Gabi Joffe finished the season as league and county champ in the event. Her time of 2 minutes, 25.33 seconds was good enough to set a county-meet record.
“She ran away with it,” Kane said. “She’s a tough runner.”
Teammate Mae Hubel took home top honors in the shot put and discus at league. The seventh-grader was third in the discus at the county meet.
“She’s a good athlete who threw very well for us this year,” Kane said.
Blach’s seventh-grade boys team featured Cole Corsiglia, who won the 100 dash at the league and county meets. His county time of 11.73 set a meet and school record.
“He worked on his starts and came out of the blocks fast,” Kane said of Corsiglia, who was undefeated this year. “He led from start to finish and shaved a half-second off his (personal record).”
While Corsiglia was the only seventh-grade boy from Blach to shine at the county meet, a few others performed well at the league meet. Hunter Slimak finished second in the discus and the 4x400 relay team of Joshua Rowsey, Rohan Kapur, Juan Ibarra and Chris DeVincenzi took third.
Several of the Falcons’ eighth-grade boys collected awards for their efforts.
Rohan Sarathy claimed the 65 hurdles at the league meet and was leading the race at the county championships before clipping a hurdle. That caused him to fall and break his wrist, according to Kane.
“That was too bad,” the coach said of Sarathy, who set the school record in a regular-season meet with a 9.29. “Rohan is a good kid and a solid athlete. He’s not tall, but he makes up for it in form – his form is flawless.”
The 4x400 relay team of Ty Salkoski, Max Elder, Jai Austin and Melaid Imanian won the league and county championships. The relay set a meet record at the league finals, clocking a 47.56.
“That was a solid team record,” Kane said. “We didn’t have a top sprinter, like Cole (Corsiglia), but they ran well together.”
The relay team’s only loss of the year came to rival Egan in a dual meet, but the Falcon foursome avenged it in the postseason.
Elder and Salkoski proved adept at the long jump, too, excelling at the league and county meets. Elder won the event at the league finals and Salkoski finished second. A week later, Salkoski claimed the county championship and Elder came in third.
Salkoski jumped a school-record 19 feet at the county meet.
“That was the biggest jump I’ve ever seen at Blach,” said Kane, who has coached at the school for 24 years.
Fellow relay member Austin added a third-place finish in the 100 dash at the league meet.