Top marks recorded at the 27th K-Bell Track Classic

By Mike Barnhart, for Silicon Valley Community Newspapers Posted: 03/24/2011 08:01:44 PM PDT

For high school track and field fans, the varsity boys 1,600 meters at the 27th annual Kiwanis-Bellarmine Track Classic was a race worth the wait.

Scheduled late in the afternoon, the featured four-lapper proved to be one of the most hotly contested events at Los Gatos High's all-weather oval on March 12, as six runners finished within five seconds of each other.

Woodside's Chris Waschura, who was fourth at the Central Coast Section championships last May, crossed the finish line first in 4:19.4, barely beating Monta Vista junior Kevin Bishop by 0.18 of a second. Willow Glen senior Donald Plazola, who earlier won the 3,200, finished third at 4:20.98 and Los Gatos junior Grant Foster (4:22.04) was fourth. Kyle Rae of Bellarmine was next at 4:23.73, nosing out fellow senior Will Geiken of Los Gatos by .02. Willow Glen senior Joseph Rivera placed eighth in 4:27.24.

The times of Waschura and Bishop were the fastest in the CCS, as of March 21, and 11th and 12th in the state. Bishop and Foster also rank second and third among the section's 3,200 runners, based on a conversion of their times in the 2-mile at the Run For The Dream indoor meet in Fresno on Feb. 26. Bishop won that contest in 9:32.12, just 0.22 ahead of Foster.

Plazola, who won the K-Bell eight-lapper in 9:30.3, and Cupertino junior Peter Anthony, who was second in 9:42.4, ranked fourth and fifth on the CCS list.

There were many other top performances at the K-Bell,

including the 100-meters effort by the Atkinson brothers of Livermore's Granada High. While George (10.7) and Josh (10.76), sons of former Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson, pushed each other to top-10 state marks in the first heat, Bellarmine sophomore Joey Sanfilippo ran a CCS best 11.12 to edge Archbishop Mitty's Keith Rose (11.18) in the second heat and finish third overall.

Another race that produced a CCS-best time was the girls 800. Presentation senior Tori Tsolis clocked 2:17.68, beating Lynbrook senior Cindy Huang by a second. Tsolis' time was seventh fastest in the state, while Huang's mark ranked 12th.

Later, Tsolis finished second in the 1,600 with 5:12.37 and Huang was fourth in 5:17.15.

In the girls pole vault, Homestead junior Rachel Bolton and Los Altos senior Diamara Planell both cleared 11-6, the best efforts in the CCS. Senior Marissa Engle was fifth for the Mustangs with an effort of 10-0.

Homestead junior Jesse Tran earned third place in the girls shot put with a heave of 51-05.5 and Andrew Kuo of Lynbrook was ninth in the boys 800 in 2:04.12.