Friday, April 04, 2014

Stanford Invitational Day #1

We started with the girls' 3000m. and in the first heat Morgin Coonfield of McKinleyville did not waste any time by tearing into the lead which she held until the 7th lap.  A chase group of 3 worked together until Monte Vista's Brooke Starn took off to chase Coonfield.  Starn was the only girl today to dip under the 10 minute mark (9:59.09) followed by fellow NCS performer Coonfield in 10:07.06.

In the second heat, Julia Bounds of St. Francis Mt. View did most of the early pace setting.  Leanne Jarvis of River Valley was the eventual winner as she powered away from Monta Vista's Bridget Gottlieb in the last lap with a time of 10:13.92.
Results for Heat 1 and Heat 2

The two boys heats in the 3000m. turned out to be SJS affairs as Steven Grolle of Sonora won the first heat in 8:44.33 while Garrett Migliozzi of Nevada Union won in a very similar 8:44.50.  They will both be in the mile today and hopefully in the same heat.

In the girls' 400m. Hurdles, CCS rivals Hannah Chen and Maya Miklos took the top two spots while in the boys race, Austin Carter of Folsom won his heat handily in a very impressive 54.23.  

The race of the day was the girls' DMR as Gunn HS lead most of the way with sophomore Gillian Meeks leading after the first lap in her 1200m. leg.  The announcer wasn't sure which leg went first but at Stanford and most invites, the 1200m. is the first leg.  Miklos returned very shortly after her hurdle race to run the 2nd leg and maintained Gunn's lead.  Davis HS which had been in 2nd place all the way finally got back to even on the 2nd lap of the 800m. leg.  Sarah Robinson and Fiona O'Keeffe both received the baton at the same time and the race got really good in a hurry.  Robinson lead most of the way with O'Keeffe just a step behind.  With a 100m. to go, O'Keeffe made her move and passed Robinson but it was not ever yet as Robinson powered back before the line for the win.  I had both girls at 4:47.x.  Those are now the two fastest outdoor DMR times in the nation.

Menlo Atherton which should have been in the fast heat easily won the 2nd heat.  Their anchor runner Annalisa Crowe sat comfortably in 2nd for most of the anchor leg before powering away with 350 to go.  MA's time of 12:44.36 ended up as the 6th fastest time overall.  It would have been interesting what they could have run in the first heat.

The boys' DMR had a little more depth early but Bellarmine and De La Salle emerged as the top two teams following the 400m. leg.  Bellarmine maintained their lead going into the anchor leg with Blair Hurlock in pursuit about 10 yards behind.  Hurlock looked well in control as he eased by the Bellarmine runner and powered away to win the race and DLS takes over the state leading DMR time with their 10:21.02.  Hurlock ran an estimated 4:18.x.

San Rafael won the second heat with a big last lap by their anchor Nassim Kabbara.  He was in 3rd with a lap to with Gabriel McLarnan now in the lead for his St. Francis (MV) team.  McLarnan maintained the lead most of the last lap before a big finish by Kabbara and the victory for San Rafael in 10:46.38 and the 9th fastest time overall.

Now on to day #2.

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