Acalanes Track Athlete, Johnny Choi, Makes History!

This past Wednesday, March 20th, we travelled to Clayton Valley for our first away meet. Our girls battled Clayton fiercely, but narrowly lost 66-69 in a meet that came down to the wire. On the boys side, our boys pulled an 83-53 upset that ended Clayton Valley’s two season undefeated streak over the DAL.

In the middle of the meet, a chorus of cheers erupted as Johnny Choi set the school record in the High Jump with a jump of 6’8”. We are not quite sure just what is most impressive about Johnny’s jump, but here’s a list:

  1. Johnny is only 5’8” tall himself, and jumped a full foot over his own head
  2. He broke a school record that has stood since 1982
  3. He out jumped Clayton Valley’s Daylon Hicks, who finished 2nd in the State of California last year
  4. Johnny’s jump is the 3rd highest jump in California this year and the 9th highest in the United States
  5. Johnny broke the record to sound of applause from all of his teammates, who tried to storm the apron once they heard the result

Congratulations, Johnny Choi! Video here.

Full results are here, highlights below. Photos from the meet are in link immediately below.https://photos.app.goo.gl/AB9WSMJQpA2vViw57

Jumps

  • In addition to Johnny’s jump, Acalanes Boys Jumpers sweep the Long Jump and Triple Jump for the third meet in a row.
  • Abeagail Dunsmore clears 8’6” in the Pole Vault for a big PR.
  • Niko Figone improves to 17’ 9.75” in the Long Jump.
  • Maddy Rogers improves to 16’ 5” in the Long Jump to take 2nd.

Throws

  • Anna Weier wins the shotput and discus.
  • Anthony Ortale hits a whopping PR of 102’ in the Discus.
  • Beatrice Weier, Brooke Blacklidge, Ryland Nella, Tori Wang, and Abeagail Dunsmore all PR in the Discus.
  • Billy Brown throws over 40 feet in the shotput to take 2nd.

Distance

  • Claire Jenkins breaks the 7 minute mile barrier with a new PR of 6:54
  • Lauren Yee and Caroline Crossland finish 1, 2 in the Varsity 800m.
  • Thena Huisingh and Megan Baginski score new PR’s in the 1600m with 6:14 and 6:31.
  • Sam Roth, Dominic Basaldua and Derek Kotarba score 1, 2, 3 in the 3200m run with PRs of 10:20, 10:28 and 10:57.
  • Lucas Haase sets new PR in the 800m with 2:18.

Relays

  • The Varsity Boys 4×100 Relay team runs a season best 43.36 to improve to 4th all time at Acalanes as Jake Delaney and Keaziah Smith build an insurmountable lead and take first .
  • Aidan Mosley and Rayce Walton gut out impressive 4×400 splits to win the race in a season best of 3:29.
  • Freshman Ella Alpert joins the Varsity Girls 4×400 in her first competition 400.

Sprints

  • Despite a strong headwind, which makes sprinting difficult, there were still some impressive efforts in the sprints.
  • Charolette Keohane debuts in the 100 – she also takes 2nd in the Varsity Girls 200
  • Freshman Natalie Stadt records PRs in both the 200 and 400.
  • Emily Sverak secures a 300 Meter Hurdle victory for the second week in a row with a PR of 47.76 that takes her to 8th all time at Acalanes
  • Matt Miles breaks the 24 second barrier in the 200 with a PR of 23.80.
  • Cooper Womack and Jacob Hill set PRs in 200 as well.
  • Kevin Mlynek kicks over a hurdle to take first by 005 seconds in the 300 Meter Hurdles

Boys Track Wins Against Huge Northgate Team 76-60, Girls Fall Short 79-57

Boys Track Wins Against Huge Northgate Team 76-60, Girls Fall Short 79-57
  • Anna Weier wins the discus and moves up to #3 in NCS and 7th all-time at Acalanes!
  • Krishna Prabaharan sets a season record in the discus to take third
  • Junior Tori Wang PRs in the shotput
  • Josh Ramlan places 1st with a PR in the shot-put but loses to teammate Anthony Ortale who sets a PR in the discus
  • Riley Noon, Sam Roth, and Dominic Basaldua sweep 3200m
  • Distance team was on fire with huge PRs by Charlotte Glass, Ian Ho, William Zhang, Manon Roelandts and Lauren Yee!
  • 7 Acalanes boys sprinters break 12 seconds in the 100m dash
  • Keaziah Smith finishes 2nd in 100m and becomes the 3rd sprinter in Acalanes history to break 11 seconds!
  • Scarlette McCullough and Mila Mathias finish 1st/2nd in Varsity 100m
  • Emily Sverak PRs in 300m hurdles
  • Sophomore Maddy Rogers debuts in the 100m winning Frosh-Soph
  • Irvin Chao busts out a huge PR in the 400m to take third
  • Freshman Ella Alpert wins Frosh-Soph girls 200
  • Abigail Dunsmore takes second in the Pole Vault
  • Acalanes Boys Jumpers sweep long jump and triple jump – Dane Jenssen makes his first 20ft jump in the long jump
  • Finally, Chris Rogers wins the High Jump and Triple Jump, setting PRs in both

Regardless of scores, all our athletes competed like champions- Northgate brought a very large team to the event, including NCS leaders in several events, but your Dons didn’t back down and still finished in the top 3 in nearly every event. More importantly, they did so with the support of their teammates. Our entire coaching staff is incredibly proud of the way all of our athletes cheer each other on, and compete not as individuals, but as a team!


TRACK & FIELD OFF TO A GREAT START!

The Acalanes Track and Field team is up and running, jumping, and throwing as they competed in a scrimmage against College Park, Campolindo and Miramonte. A few highlights from last Saturday:
•Nicole Frigon and Riley Noon both take 1st place in the 800m
•4×400 takes 1st place in all 4 heats with great races by Sidney Zimmerman, Lauren Yee, and Jacob Hill
•Emily Sverak and Kevin Mlynek win the 400m
•Isabel Rasmussen clears 5ft in the high jump and makes it on the Acalanes record board!
•Keaziah Smith wins long jump with 21ft jump and an NCS #3 spot!
•Anna and Bea Weier finish first and second in the discus
•Max Andersen PR’s by nearly 4ft in the discus
Its going to be a great season for the Dons on the track!!