Track and Field
Saturday was a record-breaking day for Harker track and field, as Harker athletes posted three all-time school records at the Willow Glen Track & Field Invitational. First, Corey Gonzales, grade 10, led off with a 9:51:20 time on a 3,200-meter run, netting him fourth place and topping his personal best by 40 seconds. Then, Isabelle Connell, grade 12, won the 200m, breaking her own record with a 25:72. Finally, Michael Chen, grade 12, continued his strong season with a 42’ 5.5”, placing fifth and breaking his own school record in the shot put. Amanda Kalb, grade 12, Nadia Palte, grade 9, Cheryl Lium grade 10, and Calvin Kocienda, grade 9, each ran a personal best in their sprint hurdle races.
Varsity boys tennis lost to Sacred Heart last week, but roared back with a convincing 7-0 victory over King’s Academy and 6-1 win over Pinewood. In the loss, Harker’s number 1 singles player Jason Chu, grade 10, defeated Sacred Heart Prep’s number 1 in the third set. This week, varsity faces off against Pinewood and Priory. JV has also begun its season, winning three of their first four games. Capping the strong start was a resounding victory against Kehillah in which the boys routed their way to a 7-0 win. At third doubles, freshmen Nikita Kosolobov and Evan Lohn made their debut, efficiently beating their opponents. Vivek Sriram, grade 10, continued his early season excellence at third singles and is now 4-0 on the year. Kevin Ke, grade 9, and Nathan Dalal, grade 10, also won their second match of the season. The team is now 2-1 overall.
Girls lacrosse owns a 1-1 record after losing their opening game against Pioneer 9-7 and then rebounding to defeat Tamalpais 18-6. Thus far, Michelle Douglas, grade 12, Hannah Bollar, grade 10, and Wendy Shwe, grade 12, have led the team in scoring. The girls travel to Santa Catalina on Thursday.
Softball opened its season with a 7-4 loss against Cupertino on Friday. Brianna Liang, grade 10, went 2-3 with a triple and an RBI. Laura Thacker, grade 11, drove in the rest of the runs, going 1-3 with a home run and three RBIs. On the mound, pitcher Allison Rugar, grade 12, struck out 10. After an away game on Wednesday, the girls return to Harker to host Notre Dame-Belmont on Friday.
After dropping their opener to Terra Nova on Friday, the boys defeated Pescadero in a 12-0 blowout to earn their first win of the year, then followed it up with a 10-6 victory over St. Lawrence. Against Pescadero, senior Kevin Cali got on base in each of his four trips to the plate, walking three times and homering while knocking in a game-high four RBIs and adding three steals in three attempts. Cali then topped that effort on the mound and at the plate in the St. Lawrence game, pitching seven innings, striking out 11 and going 4-4 with a triple and a grand slam. Freshman Arthur Goldstein also impressed in his first start for the Eagles, going 2-3. The boys are in the midst of a stretch of home games this week.
The boys golf team kicked off the season with a 195-201 victory over Gunn at San Jose Country Club. In the first match of his Harker career, freshman Dakota McNealy took medalist honors with a one over par 34. Not far behind were senior Maverick McNealy with a 35 and sophomore Shrish Dwivedi with a 38. The Eagles play Pinewood next Monday in their league opener.
The boys host Leigh on Wednesday and travel to Willow Glen on Friday.