This past week Harker had some outstanding Central Coast Section (CCS) performances. “CCS comprises over 100 schools and to compete and especially make finals puts these athletes in an elite category,” said Dan Molin, athletic director.
Harker girls swimming placed seventh at CCS this past weekend, May 21-22, having a great meet in the process. Continuing its tradition of improving its placement every season, Harker girls had four individual swims in the top eight and two top-eight relay swims. Jessica Khojasteh, grade 12, was fifth in the 200 IM, sixth in the 100 breaststroke and set a school record of 1:05.90; Katie Siegel, grade 11, was eighth in the 100-yard butterfly (57.04) and third in the 100-backstroke (57.40) and both those times are both school records; the 200-yard freestyle relay of Khojasteh, Siegel, Tiffany Wong, grade 11, and Amie Chien, grade 10, was sixth, setting a school record of 1:40.17; in the 400-yard freestyle relay Khojasteh, Siegel, Rachelle Koch, grade 11, and Manon Audebert, grade 9, placed seventh and set yet another school record with their time of 3:37.78. The squad was also recognized prior to the meet for their CCS scholastic championship.
Harker boys swimming placed 14th at CCS this weekend, also having a great meet. Having placed fourth last year at CCS, this year the boys had a strong rebuilding year. The 200-yard medley relay of Hassaan Ebrahim, grade 12 and Kevin Khojasteh, Jason Yu and Daryl Neubieser, all grade 11, started out the finals session with a 16th place finish. Khojasteh then placed fifth in the 200-yard IM with a new school record of 1:51.10. Neubieser then tied for sixth in the 50-yard freestyle, following with a third place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Khojasteh finished off the meet for the boys in the 100-yard breaststroke which turned out to be the race of the meet: four swimmers swimming very fast with less than four-tenths of a second separating the four. Khojasteh placed fourth and set a new school record of 56.94.
Track and Field
In CCS track and field semifinals, Claudia Tischler, grade 9, ran a blazing fast 5:08 in the 1600m (1 mile). Please support her as she prepares for CCS finals this Friday as one of only two freshmen in the 12-girl field of runners. She competes in Gilroy this Friday night, May 27. Isabelle Connell, grade 10, sprinted the 200m (half lap) in 26.64 seconds, taking 16th place and Sonya Chalaka, grade 11, triple-jumped 32 feet and 6.5 inches, taking 23rd place.
Golfer Maverick McNealy, grade 10, shot an 82 at the CCS championship placing 44th out of 64 golfers who qualified for the high-caliber field. Please congratulate him on an outstanding season.
Softball’s historic season came to a close last week with a 4-0 loss to Notre Dame-Belmont in the first round of CCS. Please congratulate them on an outstanding season.
Boys tennis also has been awarded the CCS scholastic championship! Tennis player Karthik Dhore, grade 12, is seeded #2 in the CCS Individual Tournament in Aptos May 24 and 26, so best of luck to him!