M-A's Della Morte wins long jump at championships

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By Rick Eymer

Embarcadero Media

Menlo-Atherton senior Stas Della Morte advanced to the state meet after winning the long jump at 22-10 1/2 at the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships on Friday night at Gilroy High.

The June 3-4 state event will be held at Buchanan High in Clovis.

Della Morte put a stressful week behind him to out-jump the rest of the field.

"Last week I had to worry about finals and finishing school," Della Morte said. "The last couple of days I've been able to relax. We've mostly been watching movies in class."

That still didn't keep him from getting anxious. He has some trouble getting sleep Thursday night as he went over the long jump in his mind time and again.

"I was over thinking everything," he said. "I just wanted to be ready."

Menlo School senior Sam Parker also qualified for the state meet for the first time in his specialty with his second-place finish in the 800 in a time of 1:57.27.

Menlo School freshman Maddie Price completed a solid year with a fifth-place finish in the 400 in 58.05. After reaching the state meet in cross country and having a good year playing basketball, Price happily accepted the way things turned out.

"I always played other sports at (Menlo) middle school," Price said. "It was Jorge Chen who got me into running and Donovan Fitzgerald who also helped me. It was such an honor to be in the CCS final and race against such great athletes."

Price was slowed by a sore quad muscle for most of the season and was just beginning to feel healthy for CCS.

"I didn't train as much as I would have liked," Price said. "But the experience of playing at a high level of high school and with great coaches, I have to say I finished the year on a great note."

Others who raced in the finals included M-A junior Michael Hester (10th in the 1,600), Castilleja senior Rachel Skokowski (12th in the 1,600), Sacred Heart Prep's Maggie Wong (6th in the 100), M-A junior Catherine Carpenter (8th in the 400), Woodside Priory's Kat Gregory (6th in the 3,200), and Gunn sophomore Kirsten Baird (8th in the high jump).


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Posted by Susan Kritzik
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I don't understand why you didn't mention PV resident Chris Waschura who WON both the 800 and 1600 meter races. It is the first time that it has ever been done by a Junior! Is there a systematic bias against Woodside High School in this paper?? Way to go, Chris!

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Posted by WHS Parent
a resident of another community
on May 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I emailed Almanac Editor first thing this morning due to this "oversight", have not heard anything back, and the article has not been updated.

Awesome job Chris!

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Posted by Another WHS Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I agree ... one of the finest middle distance runners in the country and not even a mention. Pathetic!

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Posted by Richard
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Rick Eymer covered the meet for Palo Alto Online Sports (associated with our sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly), and, unfortunately, they don't cover Woodside. I posted an interim story: Web Link

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