Track & Field
It was a busy week for the Harker track team as it competed in two meets. Early in the week, the Eagles faced off with their WBAL rivals and had one of their best-ever meets, achieving 38 personal bests. Kevin Wang, grade 12, won both the shot put and discus; Demonte Aleem, grade 9, set two freshman school records on his way to two second place finishes in the 100m and shot put; Anthony Contreras, grade 10, took first in the 400m, and is now the sophomore school record holder in the 100m, 200m and 400m; Davis Dunaway, grade 11, won the 300m hurdles and was second in the high jump; and Niki Iyer, grade 11, won the 1600m with her season-best time of 5:04.
Later in the week, the Eagles traveled to San Mateo for the Bearcat Invitational. Highlights included Aleem placing fourth in the varsity 100m, which was also the top frosh-soph time of the day. Contreras ran personal bests in the 200m and 400m, placing third in the 400m; Dunaway medaled in the pole vault with a jump of 11’0”; and Rohan Daran, grade 12, Grace Koonmen, grade 10, Ananya Krishnan, grade 10, Lev Sepetov, grade 12, and Norman Garcia, grade 11, each set personal bests at the meet. The Eagles will compete at the St. Francis Invitational on Saturday.
The boys tennis team dominated last week, defeating Pinewood, Priory and Evergreen Valley all 7-0. They have another busy week as they face Crystal Springs Uplands on Wednesday, Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday and Evergreen Valley on Friday.
Harker hosted its largest WBAL meet of the season last week, welcoming Notre Dame San Jose, Priory, Sacred Heart Prep and Mercy Burlingame. Highlights included wins in the girls 200 medley relay with Taylor Kohlmann, grade 10, Grace Guan, grade 12, Vivian Wang, grade 10, and Angela Li, grade 9; first place for Wang in the girls 200 IM and 100 free; first place for Ihita Mandal, grade 9, in the girls 500 free; a win for Alex Yu, grade 9, in the boys 200 IM; Michael Auld, grade 11, winning the boys 500 free; Jack Farnham, grade 11, taking the boys 100 back; and a win for the boys 400 free relay team of Farnham, Auld, Yu and Justin Culpepper, grade 11. Up next for the Eagles is an April 27 meet with King’s Academy at Singh Aquatic Center.
The girls lacrosse team dropped two games last week, 8-6 to Carlmont and 9-4 to Aragon, despite playing very well. Next up the Eagles host Woodside on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Last week the boys golf team suffered only their second head-to-head loss of the season as they fell to Palo Alto by just one stroke, 179-178. Leading the way for the Eagles was Avi Khemani, grade 11, who shot an even 33. It’s another busy week for the Eagles as they compete in the Aptos Tournament on Monday, take on Valley Christian on Tuesday and face off with Crystal Springs Uplands on Friday.
The softball team went 0-2 last week, falling to Mercy Burlingame and Pinewood. In the 9-4 loss to Mercy, Anika Rajamani, grade 9, drove in two runs. In the 14-5 loss to Pinewood, Grace Park, grade 11, had two hits and two RBIs. The girls host Castilleja on Tuesday and Yerba Buena on Friday, both at 4 p.m.
Last week, the boys varsity volleyball team lost its matchup with Pacific Collegiate in four games, but rebounded with a three-game win against King’s Academy. The boys volleyball team is 6-9 on the year, but it sits in first place in the SCVAL El Camino League with a 4-0 league record. The Eagles travel to Wilcox on Wednesday and host Fremont on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
The varsity baseball team lost two games to a tough San Mateo team last week, 10-2 and 9-1. This week the Eagles face Jefferson on Tuesday at Blackford at 4 p.m., then travel to Jefferson on Thursday, and host Lincoln San Francisco on Saturday at 11 a.m..