Track and Field
On Saturday, the track and field team competed in the WBAL league trial at Gunn High School. Freshman Niki Iyer won her heats in the 1600m and the 800m to advance to the league finals next Saturday, where she will decline to run the 800m in order to concentrate on preparing to win the 3200m. Sophomore Alex Dellar also made the finals by placing third in the 800m. Freshman Winnie Li finished second in the 100m hurdles with a new school record of 18.36, and qualified for the high jump final with a 4’4” leap. Senior Nithya Vemireddy and junior Julia Wang qualified in the shot put and discus, respectively, while senior Arjun Kumar qualified in the shot put. In the discus, Kumar, and seniors Rohan Kapatkar and Sean Murali all threw lifetime bests to advance. Junior Sriv Irrinki finished third in the 100m to make the finals.
At the junior varsity level, freshman Davis Dunaway put on a show, winning three field events: the high jump, long jump and triple jump. All three were finals for the junior varsity athletes. Freshman Misha Ivkov finished third in the high jump and sixth in the long jump, and advanced to the finals in the 100m. Freshman Lucas Wang finished second in the long jump, just behind Dunaway. Sophomore Jonathon Hochberg finished second in the shot put, while sophomores Lev Sepetov and Zeyad El-Arabaty qualified for the 800m final.
Last week, the upper school varsity golf team continued its history run in the CCS regional tournament with a third place team finish, making them the first team in Harker’s history to qualify for the CCS finals.
The future of Harker golf looks exceptionally bright as well, as the middle school golf team won its fifth consecutive WBAL tournament, shooting a team 143 to beat out Menlo’s 155. Katherine Zhu, grade 8, shot a 36. Scout McNealy, grade 7, shot a 35. Daniel Little, grade 8, shot a 40. Alex King, grade 6, shot a 42. Jin Kim, grade 8, shot a 37. Sahil Kapur, grade 8, shot a 37. Shaan Gagneja, grade 8, shot a 35. Josh Broweleit, grade 8, shot a 37.
The Preppy Awards, which honor the finest high school athletes in the Bay Area, has nominated Harker soccer star Joelle Anderson as Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. The Preppy Awards, held by Prep2Prep, will take place on May 18 at Club Auto Sport in San Jose.