Westmoor vs Sequoia and Serra Top 7

Sequoia @ Westmoor

Thursday Westmoor hosted Sequoia for the 5th of 6 dual meets.  It ended up being the most competitive and exciting dual meet yet this season!  Sequoia brought a large and talented team for both the boys and girls.  We had to go full bore in order to beat them, and even then it was close.  In the end, Westmoor won 3 of the 4 divisions, Sequoia winning the F/S Girls.  For both Varsity teams this was an important win.  For the girls, this keeps the winning streak alive and ensures that the worst they can do is tie for dual-meet champions.  For the boys it means they will finish the season with at worst a .500 record.  I don’t think Westmoor will be settling for those scenarios though, as next week the Rams will be going strong against M.A.

Current records VG (5-0) VB (3-2)

Next week the Lady Rams will be gunning for their 5th straight undefeated dual-meet championship season.  The Varsity Boys will be looking to finish an already successful season with a winning record.  Stay focused Rams and finish strong!

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(correction: Huntzinger won the PV at 10-0)

Serra Top 7 Invitational

On Saturday Westmoor went to Serra High School in San Mateo to compete at the always-fun Serra Top 7 Invitational.  This week the Varsity teams got to compete in the morning and the Frosh/Soph in the afternoon.  The was convenient as Saturday was also the day of the Prom!  By the end of the meet only a couple seniors and a handful of juniors still remained.

How did we do? Westmoor brought home 21 medals and 2 school records!  On Thursday against Sequoia Kylie Goo ran 4 events (1600, 400, 800, 3200) so we weren’t going to have her compete on Saturday. Kylie, however, wanted to go for the 400m school record set in 2002 by Christina Sanchez.  How could we say no? The record was 58.33 and Kylie ran a blistering 58.30.  Wow!

Karen Carino also had a great day bringing home a Frosh/Soph girl school record.  On her final attempt at the Long Jump Karen pops a great jump reaching for an incredible 16′ 2″.  She won the event and beat Samantha Chang’s 2005 school record of 15′ 9″ by 5 inches!  Karen wasn’t done for the day though.  She still had to anchor the 4×400 team.  With the entire Westmoor team cheering on Karen runs an impressive leg, kicking past a girl on the home stretch and winning 3rd place medals for the team (along with Mimi Chang, Bridget Okugbe, and Jasmine Bastida).  Exciting!

I also want to acknowledge another exciting moment for Westmoor at the end of the meet that many Varsity runners may have missed.  In the 3200 Anwar Alghaithy runs neck and neck with Carlmont’s Michael Bereket the entire race.  Both Sophomores battle it out in an exciting 8 laps.  How often does the entire team run to the edge of the track during the 2-mile?  On the last 100 meters of the final lap Anwar is able to kick past Michael and win the race by half a second (10:03.32).  Great job to both runners!

(official results)

And now the Medal winners:

1st Place Medal Winners:

  • Anwar Alghaithy – Frosh/Soph Boys 3200m
  • Mimi Chang – Frosh/Soph Girls 100m Hurdles
  • Karen Carino – Frosh/Soph Girls Long Jump *School Record

2nd Place Medal Winners:

  • Kylie Goo – Varsity Girls 400m *School Record
  • Seira Tanaka – Varsity Girls Triple Jump
  • Erin Huntzinger – Varsity Girls – Pole Vault

3rd Place Medal Winners:

  • Erin Huntzinger – Varsity Girls High Jump
  • Mimi Chang – Frosh/Soph Girls 300m Hurdles
  • Alvina Tat – Frosh/Soph Girls Pole Vault
  • Tiara Cobbins – Frosh/Soph Girls Shotput
  • Frosh Soph Girls 4x400m Relay (Mimi Chang, Bridget Okugbe, Jasmine Bastida, Karen Carino)

4th Place Medal Winners:

  • Anthony Balancio – Varsity Boys High Jump
  • Tiara Cobbins – Frosh/Soph Girls Discus

5th Place Medal Winners:

  • Karen Carino – Frosh/Soph Girls 400m
  • Dominic Chavarria – Varsity Boys Pole Vault
  • Mharc Severino – Frosh/Soph Boys Pole Vault

6th Place Medal Winners:

  • Julie Canta – Varsity Girls 100m Hurdles
  • Julie Canta – Varsity Girls 300m Hurdles

Next week we just have the final dual meet at Menlo Atherton.  Let’s go Rams!  Keep it up!2013_sequoia_1

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About Steve Pofahl

Westmoor High School Athletic Director, Assistant Coach for Track and Cross Country, P.E. Teacher
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