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On Thursday afternoon, the boys’ track team went up against Mountain View in it’s second league meet of the season.

The Vikings ended the meet trailing Mountain View by only four points with a score of 65-61.  Mountain View dominated in the throwing events as well as in the one mile and two mile races, and Paly gave up points in the 4 by 1 relay after dropping the baton in a hand off between the third and fourth legs. However, there were several standout performances from Paly by Nick Sullivan, (‘14), Jack Hansen (‘14), and Eli Givens (‘16).

Sullivan placed first in the 400 m, beating out the Mountain View competition. This was Sullivan’s first meet of the season as he is coming off a hamstring injury.

Givens also raced well, getting first place in the 200 m with a time of 22.9 seconds. Givens currently holds the best CCS time for the 200 m at 22. 3 seconds. Additionally, Givens jumped 20’ 8”, securing first place in the long jump after only one jump.

In the 800 m run, Hansen came in first with a time of 2:05.94. Austin Cox (‘16) also scored points for Paly earning first place in the 100 m after running an 11. 66.

Head coach Kelsey Feeley was pleased with the boys’ performance.

“I think the boys did great, it was definitely an improvement from our last meet” Feeley said, “We had Nick back today in the 400, which was great. Jack Hansen won the 800, our boys 4 by 4 team did awesome and Eli again did great.”

Despite these individual successes, Paly was not able to earn enough points to secure the collective win over Mountain View.

“[Today’s meet] had it’s up and downs, we could have done better with the 4 by 1—we didn’t have two of our original people for the third and fourth leg” Givens said.

After their second defeat of the season, the boys’ still aspire to succeed as the season continues.

“My goal for the season is to stay number one for the 200 in CCS and go to States for the 400,” Givens said, “I want our 4 by 4 team to win CCS again.”

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