Josh Kung LJ at league finals

Los Altos High’s Josh Kung competes in the long jump at the league meet. He won the event and set a personal record.

Twenty-three members of the Los Altos High track and field team have already extended their seasons by excelling at the league meet, and Saturday they have an opportunity to do it one more time.

Those who perform well at the Central Coast Section semifinals at Soquel High will return a week later for the finals.

The Los Altos boys dominated the SCVAL meet May 29 at Los Gatos High, racking up 123 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Palo Alto (75). Rival Mountain View placed ninth (19) among the 13 schools competing.

Thirteen Los Altos boys qualified for the CCS semis, several in multiple events. Kevin Andrews advanced in all three distance events, which coach Steph MacKenzie called “almost impossible.” He won the 800-meter run (1 minute, 58.91 seconds) and took third in the 1,600 (4:18.09) and 3,200 (9:43.42) runs, setting personal records in both.

The 4x400 relay team of Tomoki Chien, Shawn Toney, Jimmy Dessouki and Charlie Atkins “destroyed the competition,” MacKenzie said, by running a 3:27.29 – the top time in the CCS.

Josh Kung won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 22 feet, 8.75 inches that ranks first in the CCS.

The Eagles’ other winners also set personal records: Toney in the 110 hurdles (15.36), Dessouki in the 300 hurdles (39.07) and John Zhai in the triple jump (44-4.75).

Second-place finishers included Atkins in the 200 dash (personal-best 22.68); the 4x100 relay team of Greg Schumann, Jacob Howmiller, Kung and Dessouki; and Zhai in the long jump (personal-best 21-06).

Sophomore Zach Fagin took third in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, a personal record.

No team came close to matching Los Altos in the jumps; the Eagles secured three of the six qualifying spots in the long jump, triple jump and high jump events.

“It was amazing to see each one of the jumpers do so well, given the fact that we are still in a pandemic and found out we were going to have SCVALs and CCS not that long ago,” jumps coach Drew Russert said.

The Los Altos girls placed third in the team standings with 56 points, one more than Mountain View.

Ten Los Altos girls made the CCS semis, most of them qualifying in multiple events.

Sophomore Megan MacKenzie, the coach’s daughter, won two events: the long jump (personal-best 17-09.5) and triple jump (38-0). Freshman Maddy Randall claimed the 800 run in what the coach called “a stunning time of 2:16” that goes down as a personal record.

Maura Kelleher placed second in the high jump by clearing 4-11.

Stellar Spartans

Aoife Hernon paced the Mountain View girls, qualifying for the semifinals in all four of her events. The senior set personal records with her third-place times in the 200 (25.99) and 400 (59.00) dashes, and she ran the first legs of the Spartans’ 4x100 (50.37) and 4x400 (4:13.67) relay teams that came in third.

Cassie Lee, a member of the 4x100 team, also placed third in the long jump (17-06.75). Julia Gentin was third in the 3,200 run (11:30.31).

Austin Flax was the highest finisher for the Mountain View boys, placing third in the shot put with a personal-best 43-04.

The CCS semifinals are set to start 10 a.m. Saturday. The CCS is not allowing spectators at the meet, but a limited number will be permitted to attend next week’s finals (advance online tickets required).