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TRACK: Surging M-A Looks to Make its Mark at PALs

Bears wrap up regular season in style; Della Morte leads CCS in long jump, girls relays are strong.

Barbara Coll, the general manager of the Menlo-Atherton High track program, brings Patch readers a flavor of the Bears’ accomplishments this season.

After completing the regular season in dominant fashion, the M-A track team heads to the Peninsula Athletic League trials today at College of San Mateo.

Last Thursday, the host Bears rolled in all four categories (varsity girls/boys and frosh-soph girls/boys) in a PAL Ocean dual meet. M-A amassed 356 points, to Hillsdale's 148 and Half Moon Bay's 104. The Bears' strength in the jumping events, relays and long distance secured the win.

The M-A varsity boys and frosh-soph boys and girls won PAL Ocean regular season titles, and the varsity girls finished second to Woodside.

More than 60 M-A athletes head to CSM for the first leg of the PAL championships today, which include 18 public schools from San Mateo County. The league meet wraps up with the finals on May 11, also at CSM.

Stas Della Morte enters the postseason as the Central Coast Section's leader in the long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 1.5 inches, which has him in the top 10 in the state.

M-A's girls 4x100 relay team of Daryn Tinsley, Naomi Tovar, Megan Kurtz and Payton Bush heads to PALs as the league favorite with a time of 51.02 seconds, the 13th-best mark in the section.

The girls 4x400 team of Catherine Carpenter, Tinsley, Payton and Bush has been clocked at 4:17.11, 18th in CCS. That mark trails only Aragon among PAL programs.

Barbara May 05, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Heading to CCS based on the finals of PAL field events run today. Stas Della Morte - Boys Long Jump Naomi Tovar - Girls Long Jump Megan Krutz - Girls Long Jump Ian Proulx - Boys Pole Vault

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