Track and Field
Track and field continued their strong season this past Saturday at the league championships as both the boys and the girls teams placed third in the team standings. Claudia Tischler, grade 11, won the 1,600m after leading the entire race, then came from behind in the 800m to claim her second championship of the day. Isabelle Connell, grade 12, won the 100m in 12.24, then placed second in the 200m, setting a new Harker record in that race with a 24.85. Sumit Minocha, grade 12, roared back from sixth place all the way to second place in the final half of the 100m, finishing with 11.15. Again in the 200m, he stormed back, breaking his own meet record and cracking the 22.00 barrier with a 21.76. Corey Gonzalez, grade 10, won the 1,600m field, starting out with two 70-second laps then pulling away from the field with a 65-second lap and finally blazing a 63-second lap to win the title with a 4:29.79. He also led the entire 3,200m race from start to finish, setting a new meet record with a 9:50.37.
In 4×400 relay action, Tischler led off the race with a 62-second 1,600m relay, then handed off to Nadia Palte, grade 9, for a 66-second run and Ragini Bhattacharya, grade 12, for a 63-second lap before Connell charged forward with an unbelievable 57-second lap, sending the Eagles from fourth place all the way to first with a new school record of 4:10.10.
Julia Wang, grade 10, set a personal record in the discus with an 80’9″, giving her third place. Michael Chen, grade 12, placed second in the discus with a 124’7″ and sixth in the shot put. Matt Giammona, grade 12, placed third in shot put with a personal record of 41’1″ and wound up in sixth place in the discus.
Connell, Minocha, Gonzales, Chen and Tischler all qualified for next week’s CCS championships, as did the girls 1,600m relay team. Seven Eagles are moving on!
Congratulations to all our swimmers and divers on a terrific season!
This weekend, Craig Neubieser, grade 10, set a personal record in the 100m butterfly, bumping up his CCS ranking from 52nd to 45th. Aaron Huang, grade 10, finished 17th out of 56 swimmers in both the 200m individual medley and the 100m breaststroke. On the girls’ side, Manon Audebert, grade 11, finished 14th overall in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:57.16 and 13th overall in the 100m freestyle with a season-best time of 53.81. Angela Huang, grade 9, finished 15th in the 50m freestyle with a time of 25.26. The girls’ 400m freestyle relay team of Huang, Audebert, Kimmy Ma, grade 11, and Anika Mohindra, grade 9, finished 15th overall with a season-best time of 3:43.23.
The boys closed down their season last week with a 7-1 loss to Menlo. Seniors Kevin Cali and Jacob Hoffman and sophomores David Lin and Ayush Midha all recorded hits in the final game. The boys end their year at 9-15-1 overall.
In playoffs, Harker drew the #11 seed which pitted them against sixth-seeded Aptos High last night, where they went head to head at Aptos in a very tough game. Harker led the game 2-1 until the sixth inning when Aptos pulled into the lead capitalizing on a hit and an error to take the lead and win, 3-2. Aptos is a Division II team, versus Harker’s Division III status, and each team had seven strikeouts; there were a total of five hits between both teams for the entire game (three were by Aptos). Coach Raul Rios noted that Aptos players repeatedly congratulated Harker players on a tough game, and our girls ended the season heads held high. Congrats on a great season!
The boys volleyball season came to a close this week in the CCS quarterfinals at Leigh High School. The Eagles fell to the Longhorns 25-27, 22-25, 24-26 to finish the season at 17-15 overall. Thank you to the supportive crowd!