Girls’ and boys’ track and field beats Saratoga, 89-31 and 110-16

Nora Rosati, Editor-in-Chief

Girls’ and boys’ track and field crushed Saratoga high school this Thursday at the home track, 89-31 and 110-16, respectively. This was the last dual meet of the season.

The girls’ took a lead from the very beginning when Saratoga forfeited the 4×100 meter relay.  For the first event they competed in, Paly managed to take first and third place.

The Lady Vikes proceeded to sweep the 100 meter hurdles race, with Emma Chiu (‘16), AnaCena Zander (‘12), and Jade Schoenberger (‘14) earning nine points in total for Paly.

In the open 400 meter race, Saratoga had no entered runners, giving Paly first and second place with races from Vivian Laurence (’13) and Pippa Raffel (‘14).

Paly continued to pile on the points, taking first and third place for the 100 meter dash and 800 meter race.

The 300 hurdles event proved to be successful for the Vikings, when Chiu and Zander finished first and second.  Laurence won the 200 meter dash, adding another five points to the total.

For the final race of the day, the distance team swept the 3200 meter race with Chika Kasahara (‘13), Anne Hildebrand (‘12), and Yodit Bitsuamlak (‘13) taking first, second, and third place respectively.

The girls’ placed in every field event, adding a total of 34 more points to the victorious win.

The boys’ team followed suit, not allowing Saratoga to gain more than 13 points in total.

Paly took the first five points in the 4×100 meter relay. Saratoga came back taking first and third in the 1600 meter race and second and third in the 110 meter hurdles race.

The Vikings gained momentum with a sweep in the 400 and 100 meter race. Morris Gates-Mouton (‘12), Nikolai Solgaard (‘12) and Jonathan Alee (‘13) took first, second, and third place in the 400 meter race, and EJ Floreal (‘13), Jayshawn Gates-Mouton (‘13), and Matt Tolbert (‘13) finished top three for the 100 meter dash.

The boys’ continued to dominate over Saratoga, sweeping every event except the 300 meter hurdles and 800 meter race, where Saratoga managed to earn five more points.

Both teams were pleased with their performances today.

“The girls did really  well today,” girls’ co-captain Torie Nielsen (’12) said. “We moved some underclassmen up to the varsity level and they really out-performed my expectations.”

Co-captain Solgaard agreed with Nielson and looks forward to the end of the season.

“I think we have a shot at CCS [Central Coast Sections] champs this year,” Solgaard said.

The Vikings will race next at the league meet next Tuesday and Thursday at Los Altos high school.