Athletes break records at PAL track finals


Elle Brough

Carlmont’s Jack Norton, a junior, finished second in the 100-meter sprint, only 0.6 seconds behind Francisco Sanchez from Menlo-Atherton High School.

Elle Brough, Staff Writer

As the school year comes to a close, Carlmont track athletes deliver new records and personal bests.

Student athletes broke records at the PAL frosh-soph track championships on Saturday, April 27 at Terra Nova High School.

There, freshman Dylan Murphy broke two of Carlmont’s freshman track records set by Sami Maakafi in 2013 by getting 52.77 seconds for the 400-meter race and 24.29 seconds for the 200-meter race.

“At this last race, the people who pushed me to go even faster allowed me to break the records,” Murphy said.

Meanwhile, at the PAL varsity track finals held on Saturday, May 4 at Menlo-Atherton High School, Carlmont’s boys and girls track teams placed second. The boys team finished with 95 points while the girls team finished with 70 points.

Carlmont girls track had an impressive showing in Kaimei Gescuk, a junior who finished in first place for both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter races. Gescuk ran the 1600-meter in 5 minutes and 1.63 seconds and the 3200-meter in 11 minutes and 2.63 seconds.

In the 4×100-relay, the girls track team did not finish since they dropped the baton, but they quickly made up for it by placing second in the 4×400-relay.

“I felt like in the 4×400-relay we did a really good job of recovering and making up for that mistake by setting a personal record,” said Isabelle Lynagh, a sophomore.

Sophomore Cassandra Areff placed second in the 300-meter hurdles, beating her preliminary round time of 51.4 seconds by 0.68 seconds.

Caroleene Block, a junior, placed second in the 400-meter run, improving on her preliminary round time by 0.39 seconds.

Madison Wong, a senior, placed fifth in the 100-meter sprint and fourth in the long jump.

“The 100-meter sprint is one of the harder races just because your start has to be so good. It has to be almost perfect,” Wong said.

Jack Norton, a junior, placed second in the 100-meter sprint, 0.6 seconds behind Fransisco Sanchez from Menlo-Atherton High School. In the preliminary round, Norton had beaten out Sanchez by 0.01 seconds.

The Carlmont boys track team placed first in both the 4×100-relay and 4×400-relay.

Jonaven Kuhn, a junior, placed second in both the 400-meter run and the long jump, while sophomore Justin Hsu placed second in the 800-meter race.

“I’m proud of my team. I think we did really well running together and performing for each other,” Lynagh said.