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Gunn, Menlo girls hoping to repeat some track history

 

The CIF State Track and Field Championships in 2005 was a special one for the local area as Gunn's Tori Tyler and Menlo School's Libby Jenke ran off with victories. Tyler won the girls' 3,200 in 10:38.90 and Jenke took the girls' 800 in 2:10.39.

Since then, no local runner or jumper has won a state title. But, that could change in a few weeks.

Not only are there two local girls with legitimate shots at winning, but both are from the same schools that produced the previous titles.

Gunn senior Sarah Robinson hopes to follow in Tyler's footsteps while Menlo School senior Maddy Price eyes a similar feat that Jenke produced.

Both Robinson and Price are two meets away from putting themselves in a position to replicate local history. First up is Saturday's Central Coast Section trials at San Jose City College at 2 p.m. The CCS finals follow on May 30.

For the past two weeks, Robinson has turned in a remarkable distance triple -- winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the SCVAL De Anza Division Championships and again at the SCVAL Championship Meet. While she was expected to drop one event for the CCS trials, that's not the case.

"Well, the plan as of today is to run all three this week," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer, "and then we will almost definitely drop one, and probably the 800. But, too soon to say for sure."

Robinson ranks No. 3 in the state in the 1,600 (4:47.10 converted), No. 5 in the 3,200 (10:16.98) and No. 6 in the 800 (2:11.09).

Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley is the state leader in the 800 (2:08.84) and 1,600 (4:41.16) and ranks No. 2 in the 3,200 (10:04.81). Maxwell, however, has dropped the 3,200 in favor of the two shorter races but won't be running in the same heats as Robinson.

At the SCVAL Championship Meet last Friday at Santa Clara High, Robinson set meet records in the 800 (2:13.58) and 3,200 (10:40.13) in addition to winning the 1,600 in 4:57.45. Gunn sophomore Maya Miklos set a meet and school record of 42.74 while winning the 300 hurdles, moving to No. 8 in the state. Gunn senior Adriana Noronha won the shot put and discus to help the Titans score 106 points, good for second behind the 145 scored by Los Gatos.

Price, meanwhile, has dropped the 100 after winning that race in 12.05 plus the 200 (24.86) and 400 (56.21) in addition to taking third in the shot put. That helped the Knights score 98 points and take second at the West Bay Athletic League Championships.

Said Menlo coach Jorge Chen on dropping the 100: "Just sticking with her goals . . . 400m state champ being one of them."

Price swept the 200 and 400 at the CCS trials last year and is favored to do so again Saturday. She is also the defending champ in both races at the CCS finals. She currently remains No. 2 in the state in the 400 at 53.43, but is not among the top 10 in the 200.

The Palo Alto boys also should have an impact this week and next with their standout sprint crew. Despite finishing second to Los Gatos by 10 points last week, the Vikings swept the relays and took the 100 (Eli Givens, 10.93), 200 (Nick Sullivan, 21.72w) and 400 (Sullivan, 49.46) with Givens adding a windy 21.77 for second in the 200.

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