Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 22, 2011

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NEW COACHES . . . Two former Menlo-Atherton athletes who used to compete against Menlo School have joined the Knights' staff as the school's newest varsity head coaches for the 2011-12 school year. Fana Fuqua takes over as girls' water polo head coach and Atlee Hubbard takes the reins as head coach of the girls' volleyball program. Both have a wealth of experience playing and coaching from youth to the professional ranks. Fuqua, who was a standout field player at M-A before switching to goalie at the University of California, was a U.S. National Team goalie and All-American for the Bears. Fuqua most recently coached at Harker School and for Palo Alto High's summer program. Fuqua played on the U.S. National Team from 1998-2002 before serving as captain of a prestigious national league team in Sydney, Australia. Hubbard, a former NCAA Division I outside hitter at Sacramento State and professional player, coached the JV and frosh-soph teams at Castilleja in 2010, and was an assistant varsity coach the 2008 season for her sisters, head coach Tracie (Hubbard) Meskell, and assistant Gwen Hubbard. Hubbard played professionally in Spain and Indonesia, and on a European tour from 2008-2010. As an outside hitter for Sacramento State, she was named twice to the All-Big Sky Conference first team. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in photography and coaches club volleyball.

FAST FEAT . . . Perfect weather, a generous tailwind and fabulous competition made the 115th Boston Marathon the fastest men's marathon ever run, while American Desiree Davila came within two seconds of history in the women's race on Monday. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya ran the fastest marathon in history with a spectacular win in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds, outsprinting countryman Moses Mosop (2:03:06). Both times were nearly a full minute better than Haile Gebrselassie's world record of 2:03:59, but due to the elevation drop and point-to-point measurements of the Boston course, Monday's performances are not record-eligible. Tailwinds at roughly 10 miles per hour and gusting higher buffeted ING New York City Marathon champion Gebre Gebremariam to third in 2:04:53, and Stanford product Ryan Hall became the fastest American in history with his fourth-place time of 2:04:53. Khalid Khannouchi's American record of 2:05:38, like Gebreselassie's world record, likewise still stands due to technical record requirements. Given his slower-than-usual Boston prep races, Hall was perhaps looked upon skeptically when he led the early portions of Monday's race. As is his wont, he faded back and returned to the lead periodically, leading the pack through the halfway mark at 1:01:57. Mutai led at 25km, but Hall was once again out front at 1:28:23. Mutai took the lead for good shortly before 35km, and the race was on. Mutai and Mosop made it a two-man race and dueled it to the finish. In the women's race, Davila led three Kenyans in the four-woman pack that included Caroline Kilel, Sharon Cherop and Alice Timbilili. They passed 35k in 1:58:37 as Timbilili fell off, leaving a three-woman race remaining. Kilel took the lead as they turned to the final stretch down Boylston. The long-striding Kilel found the speed she needed to edge past Davila. Kilel won in 2:22:36, with Davila second in 2:22:38 to become the third-fastest American woman in history behind Deena Kastor and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

COACHING CORNER . . . Castilleja is looking for qualified coaches to fill the following positions: Director of Sports Performance, freshman volleyball, JV volleyball and JV basketball. Information on all jobs can be found at http://www.castilleja.org/page.cfm?p=129 . . .

Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a girls' varsity basketball head coach for next season. All interested applicants should contact SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez via email at frodriguez@shschools.org or by phone at (650) 473-4031 . . . Menlo-Atherton High School is looking for an assistant volleyball coach. Anyone interested should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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