Across the Harker sports universe, teams are in the final stretch before the playoffs! Let’s get to the action!
Track and Field
Harker freshman Niki Iyer and senior Claudia Tischler both ran in the Serra High School Top 7 meet, placing second and seventh, respectively. Both girls will race in the prestigious Sacramento Meet of Champions this Saturday. The team, meanwhile, headed to Pacific Grove last week for its final tune-up before its last league meeting this Wednesday and the upcoming league championships. At the last meet, 10 Eagles posted season personal bests and sophomore Alex Dellar posted a top eight league mark in the 800m. Other event leaders included junior Sriv Irrinki with 12.10 in the 100m, sophomore Calvin Kocienda in the 65m hurdles, and freshman Misha Ivkov in the high jump (5’0″) and long jump (16’4″).
The boys went 4-1 and took home third place out of 16 teams Saturday at the Monta Vista Tournament, defeating Valley Christian, Leland, Los Altos and Bullard of Fresno. The team’s only loss came to the eventual champion, Monta Vista. At 18-9 overall, the boys are ranked seventh in CCS heading into a week in which they host Kings Academy on Wednesday and top-ranked Mountain View on Friday.
The swim team celebrated its senior day last Wednesday against Sacred Heart Prep. Though both teams were unable to down the Gators, each saw some very fast swims. The boys varsity 200 medley relay ? which includes freshmen Jack Farnham and Michael Auld, and juniors Aaron Huang and Craig Neubieser ? qualified for the CCS Championships. Auld won the 200m freestyle. For the girls, senior Kimberly Ma won the 200 IM and senior Manon Audebert qualified for CCS in the 100m freestyle. The swimmers race Wednesday at Menlo, then in the league championships next week.
The boys played three tough matches last week, but their losses to Cupertino, Homestead and Sacred Heart will steel them for the upcoming CCS playoffs. Even after the 0-3 week (which included a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Sacred Heart), the boys still own a 12-8 record. They compete Monday and Tuesday in the league’s individual tournament, and then head to the Decathlon Club for what is sure to be a thrilling rematch against Sacred Heart. The JV team has a great record as well, with a 10-2 mark heading into its final match this Thursday against Sacred Heart.
The boys lost to Westmoor 8-5 last week, despite big games from seniors Johnny Hughes and Varun Kamat. Hughes had two hits, including a double, while Kamat had a hit with three RBI. Juniors Keanu Forbes and Neil Sadhu and freshman Nic Bean also recorded hits in the loss. The boys have three chances to redeem themselves this week.
Junior Vivian Isenberg’s three hits and freshman Grace Park’s two RBIs were not enough to stave off a loss to Castilleja. In the loss, junior Sarah Bean pitched a solid game, while freshman Marti Sutton, and sophomores Tong Wu and Alisa Wakita also added hits. The girls will play Notre Dame and Gunderson this week.
The Lacrosse team has a busy week, playing Sequoia on Monday, Woodside on Tuesday and Mercy on Thursday.