Flyin' Falcons

Courtesy of Eric Mark
Blach Intermediate School’s seventh-grade girls 4x400 relay team – Natalie Mark, from left, Audrey Zhang, Grace Strode and Maya Narang – set a new county meet record last month.

Blach Intermediate School’s Natalie Mark made her mark at this year’s Santa Clara County track and field championships. The only Falcon to win an individual event, she also anchored a relay team that provided Blach with its other first-place finish at the meet.

Competing in the seventh-grade girls division, Natalie won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 25.81 seconds and joined forces with Maya Narang, Grace Strode and Audrey Zhang to set a meet record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:23.18 last month at Los Gatos High.

Los Altos Hills resident Brougher succeeds on land and in the sky

Courtesy of Leo Brougher
Leo Brougher competes in the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain earlier this spring.

Many people dream of being able to fly, and Los Altos Hills resident Leo Brougher has found ways to do so.

The 18-year-old, who graduated from Drew School in San Francisco last month, is a national champion cross skier – a sport known for big air jumps – and a licensed pilot.

Local swimmers hold their own at Santa Clara's pro series meet

Two swimmers from local high schools advanced beyond the preliminaries in their respective events at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet held June 7-10 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.

St. Francis High’s Nicole Oliva placed seventh in the women’s 800-meter freestyle final with a time of 8 minutes, 48.62 seconds. In addition, the rising junior finished 10th in the women’s 400 free consolation final by clocking a 4:17.70.

Sports on the Side

Local towns schedule softball game Aug. 18

Residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are encouraged to register for the inaugural community softball game between the two cities, scheduled 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18. The co-ed match – meant as a friendly, cross-town rivalry competition – is coordinated by the Parks and Recreation departments of both cities, according to Sarah Robustelli, Los Altos Hills community services supervisor. The game will take place at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills. Participation is free and open to all adult residents. To register for the game, contact Robustelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 947-2518. For more information, visit

Celebration of sailing set for Shoreline Lake

Shoreline Lake in Mountain View is participating in this weekend’s Summer Sailstice, the annual family-friendly, global celebration of summer and sailing to raise awareness of the benefits of sailing. Free events – including skippered sailboat rides for kids and racing demos for newbies/nonsailors – are scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Advance registration is required for the rides and demos. For more information, visit

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