The Palo Alto boys are making it a habit of winning titles while the Gunn girls are evidently starting one after standout performances led both teams to perfect seasons and SCVAL De Anza Division dual-meet championships on Thursday.
Palo Alto head coach Jason Fung saw his boys finish off their second straight 6-0 season while Gunn coach PattieSue Plumer earned her first with a young squad.
Both wrapped up titles with a combination of top-flight talent and plenty of depth during the annual Paly-Gunn showdown for SCVAL De Anza Division bragging rights on the Titans' track.
The Palo Alto boys used their sprint depth and strength in the field events to post a 93-34 victory while the Gunn girls won all but three events to register a 76-51 triumph. It was the Titans' first unbeaten season since 2000. The Paly girls, meanwhile, saw their perfect season end.
Both winning teams are now in position to claim more titles at next week's league championships, set for Lynbrook High on Thursday.
"We are really thrilled with the results yesterday for all our athletes," Plumer said. "We ended the dual-meet season undefeated in the varsity girls, frosh-soph boys and JV girls and our junior-heavy varsity boys ended 3-3.
"If the girls race like they did this week, we should do well in leagues, but it will definitely be a close meet."
The Palo Alto boys won 12 of 15 events and outscored the Titans in both relays plus the 100, 200, 400 and 800 by a combined 46-0. Jayshawn Gates led the way with individual victories in the 100 (11.07) and 200 (22.71) in addition to running a second leg on the winning 400 relay team that clocked 42.88 despite a bad handoff between Gates and his twin brother, Justin.
"That's his (Justin's) first time on the relay this season," said Paly coach Jason Fung, who had to juggle his lineup due to some injuries.
Justin took off early and nearly had to come to a complete stop to get the baton to avoid being disqualified. The fact Paly was still able to run under 43 seconds was quite remarkable. Moreover, it points to what the Vikings can do in the league and Central Coast Section finals.
A new member of the 400 relay is freshman Eli Givens, who also won the open 400 in 51.46 and gives the Vikings a strong presence in the 1,600 relay with CCS leader Nick Sullivan, who ran to victory in the 800 on Thursday in 2:04.24.
Fung, who was hoping to see his 1,600 relay break the school record this season, has lost team member Jonathan Alee to a foot injury. That could mean extra relay duty for someone like Jayshawn Gates, who already will be busy at the league meet.
Palo Alto's depth in the field events also should help next week, as it did Thursday with Spencer Drazovich winning the shot put (43-4 1/2), Eilon Tzur taking the high jump (5-8), Camden Santo winning the discus (119-3) and Victor Du leaping 21-6 to win the long jump. All have better marks this season.
Gunn's Eric Price broke up Paly's dominance in the field by winning the triple jump at 43-10 3/4. He also produced a PR in the long jump by eclipsing 21 feet for second place.
The Gunn girls, meanwhile, showed off their depth and talent at the top with another solid effort led by junior standout Sarah Robinson.
Robinson, who could win just about anything from the 400 to the 3,200 at the league finals, won the 1,600 (5:06.94) and 800 (2:14.9) against Paly and did so with a relaxed effort.
Gunn also got double wins from its talented freshman duo of Robin Peter and Maya Miklos. Peter took the 100 hurdles in 15.78, moving to No. 3 in school history. She also won the 100 in 12.71 to move into the No. 9 all-time spot. Miklos took the 400 in 59.3 and came back to capture her specialty, the 300 hurdles in 49.96 -- well off her PR of 44.85 that she ran while winning at the CCS Top 8 Invitational last weekend.
Gunn also got a pair of victories from Adriana Noronha, who produced a personal best in the shot put (38-2, No. 6 in school history) in addition to taking the discus (102-10).
Gunn freshman Gillian Meeks won the 3,200 in 11:20 and added a runner-up finish in the 1,600 in 5:15.79.