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Top marks in track and field at Dublin and St. Francis

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Gunn's Jared Freeman (left) poses with Olympian and world record holder (decathlon) Ashton Eaton. Photo courtesy of Michael Granville.

Menlo School junior Charlotte Tomkinson raced 2:10.61 in the 800 meters at the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday, the top mark in the state.

Junior Kyra Pretre was fourth with a personal best 2:14.61, seventh in the state. The Dublin meet produced four of the state's top 10 marks, including Menlo's duo. Concord's Rayna Stanziano finished .61 seconds behind Tomkinson with the state's second best time.

Gunn's Justin Chiao.

Castilleja's Moorea Mitchell
Knights' sophomore Marisa Castagna finished in the top 10 percent of the race with a PR of 2:29.48.

Pretre and Tomkinson were joined by Lauren Hamilton and Maddie Sanders for the distance medley relay, which placed third in a school record 12:30.09.

Woodside's Sarah Perry ran 5:23.09 to place 26th overall in the 1,600 meters, which featured 450 runners. Sacred Heart Prep's Keemya Bashiri ran 4:26.87 to place 35th overall.

The King's Academy's Anna Mokkapati, a Woodside resident, was 11th overall in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:25.24, Peery was 14th in 11:29.31.

Sacred Heart Prep's Max Cluss and Calvin Katz finished among the top 25 in the boy's 1,600, in which 748 runners competed. Cluss was 14th in 4:28.13 and Katz was 25th in 4:30.02. The pair also helped the Gators' distance medley relay place sixth in 10:58.28.

St. Francis Invitational

Gunn senior Jared Freeman was a double winner, setting personal bests in winning the shot put (53-1) and discus (158-4), both the top marks in the Central Coast Section. Freeman's discus throw was a meet record.

Menlo-Atherton's Noa Ngalu, who will be playing football at Washington in the fall, placed second in the discus with a PR of 152-4, No. 2 in the CCS. He was ninth in the shot put with a mark of 45-9.

Gunn's Justin Chiao and M-A's Francisco Sanchez also won events. Chiao went 1:57.17 to win the 800 and Sanchez raced 11.32 to win the 100.

Palo Alto's Donald Taggart and Alex Evans each placed among the top six in their respective events. Taggart was fourth in the 3,000 with a time of 9:06.36 and Evans went 4:30.19 to place sixth in the Invitational Mile. Paly's John Tayeri was eighth in the high school mile in 4:47.38.

Paly's distance medley relay team of Evans, Bryan Kagiri, Carlos Diaz and Henry Saul placed third in 10:45.54. Menlo-Atherton's team of Ethan Mimeless, Nicholas Hafer, Luke Scandlyn and Cole Mediratta went 10:59.27 to place fifth.

Hafer was seventh in the 800 (2:01.84) and Mediratta was seventh in the Invitational Mile (4:30.57). Scandlyn raced 4:43.98 to place 12th and Chiao was 13th in 4:46.65.

On the girls' side, Menlo-Atherton's Jessica Eagle set a meet record in winning the Invitational 100 in a CCS-best 12.20. Menlo's Michelle Louie was third in 12.63.

Bears' Lauren Collinsworth (12.88) and Autriyana Hardy (12.90) placed 1-2 in the high school 100.

The 800 had a local feel to it. St. Francis' Isabelle Cairns, a Woodside resident, won the race in 2:17.69. Palo Alto's Ella Ball placed second in 2:22.95, followed by Castilleja's Lauren Traum in 2:24.84 and Paly's Kai Douglas in 2:26.05. M-A's Dia Kibrom ran sixth in 2:31.79.

M-A's Sara Osterberg was fifth (5:25.33) in the Invitational Mile and Gunn's Maansay Rishi ran ninth in 5:29.36.

In the high school mile, M-A's Alison Snyder (5:37.68) was fifth and teammate Bridget Patrick (5:44.23) was eighth. M-A's Brooke Olesen was ninth in the 400 with a time of 63.89.

Rishi came back to win the 3,000 in 10:39.72. M-A's Claire Beebe (11:08.78) was fourth and Paly's Zoe Douglas (11:37.90) was seventh.

Menlo's Alexandra Chan was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.14 and Gunn's Ria Sood was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 47.28.

M-A's 4x100 relay (Hardy, Eagle, Maggie Hall, Collinsworth) won the event in 49.61 while the 4x200 relay (Collingsworth, Deshaya Woods, Hall, Malia Latu) were second in 1:48.32.

The M-A sprint relay team of Collingsworth, Hardy, Eagle and Olesen ran 1:55.68 to place second.

In the distance medley relay, Cairns raced with St. Francis, which won in 12:44.44. Castilleja's Abigail Krenz, Emmy Apfel, Traum and Tevah Gevelber were second in 12:50.91. Paly's Kai Dougles, Breanna Miller, Ball and Miranda Jimenez raced 13:04.61 to place fifth and M-A's Claire Beebe, Sarah Marks, Dina Kibrom and Osterberg were sixth in 13:07.76.

Casti's Moorea Mitchell placed third in the shot put with a PR of 38-7, Gunn's Aparna Gajulapalli was fourth in the discus with a mark of 99-0 and Woodside's Katherine Meade was fourth in the high jump with a height of 4-10.

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