Recap: Track and field dominates in season opener against Mountain View

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    Palo Alto High School freshman Miles Hudson passes the baton to sophomore Luca Pagani in the 4 x 100 meter relay on Thursday at Paly. The team clocked in with a time of 46.16 seconds and the performances by Hudson and Pagani were key contributions to the Viking’s win. “I think we did well considering we only had one day to practice handoffs,” Pagani said. “There is room for improvement, but it was a good first meet.” Photo: Eric Yap.

    The Palo Alto High School track and field team made a statement in the season opener on Thursday with convincing wins over Mountain View High School from both the boys’ (86-32) and girls’ teams (79-43).

    A standout performer was long and triple jumper Aaron Gao, who finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet and one inch and finished second in triple jump with a distance of 40 feet and eight inches.

    Although Gao finished in second place in two events, he was disappointed in many of his jumps.

    “I [long] jumped 20 feet and three inches but I scratched and for triple, I jumped a 42 but I scratched,” Gao said. “I am still pretty upset about it.”

    However, despite the fact that Gao’s performance was not as good as he wanted it to be, he was still happy with the team’s overall performance.

    “Overall, today is a good start,” Gao said. “I missed three chances to break my personal records but at least it shows I have potential.”

    Junior Caroline Elarde finished with a time of 14:03 in the 3200 meter race and said it was a good opening meet.

    “Overall the team did really well and started the season off strong,” Elarde said. “There were great performances in both short and long distance, as well as throws and jumps.”

    Moving forward, the team is looking to add another win to their record and improve on Thursday’s performance.

    “Our next [dual] meet is against Los Altos, which is a strong team,” Elarde said. “The St. Francis Invitational is also coming up, which will give the team competition from around the Bay.”

    The Vikings will face off against Los Altos at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. at Los Altos High School.

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