It was Spring Break last week at Los Gatos High School — and the track and field team took that to mean “go out and break some records.”
Los Gatos competed in the prestigious Arcadia Invitational on April 9, and last Saturday, the Wildcats participated in the Serra Top Seven Invitational, at which they captured two meet records.
“The Arcadia Invitational is the most elite invitational on the west coast all year,” said Los Gatos assistant jumps and hurdles coach Mark Dorighi. “Athletes from all over the nation come to compete — it is an honor just to be able to compete.”
Compete they did. Will Geiken ran the 3200 meters in a personal best 9:11.76, which was good for 10th place overall. Three of the nine runners finishing ahead of Geiken were from out of state, and four were from California’s Southern Section.
Los Gatos sophomore Kayla Knapp finished 19th in the 800 meters with a time of 5:12.29. She also was a member of the women’s distance medley team that finished third overall.
Knapp, Katie Castro, Danielle Katz and Greta Wagner ran the medley relay in 12:19.25.
Junior Grant Foster competed in the mile at Arcadia and finished 20th overall with a time of 4:25.30.
This past Saturday, Los Gatos track athletes were back in action at the 24th annual Serra Top 7 Invitational track meet. The Los Gatos girls came home with the varsity team championship after racking up 44 team points. Woodside was second with 38.
The Los Gatos varsity boys finished third with 30 points, six points behind Del Oro of Sacramento. Bellarmine ran away with the varsity title after amassing 87.5 points.
Knapp paced the Los Gatos girls’ attack when she set a meet record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.61, almost a full five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Katz and Castro finished two-three in the 1600 meters with times of 5:12.62 and 5:14.51, respectively. Katz was 0.26 seconds behind the winner.
Madeline Fagan finished second in the high jump at 5’0” and fifth in the 400 with a time of 1:00.56. Camille Moyer placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15’9.5”.
On the boys side, Grant Foster set a new meet record when he won the 1600 with a time of 4:20.26. Teammate Geiken was right behind in second place with a time of 4:21.34.
Henry Manning placed fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.37.
Los Gatos will be back in action Wednesday when Palo Alto visits Helm Field for a De Anza League dual meet. On Friday, Los Gatos will host the CCS Top 8 Classic.