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Arianna Fisher took the weekend off from her signature event, the triple jump, to run the hurdles.
But the Silver Creek star did so with the bigger picture in mind.
“Right now I am doing hurdles to help me with jumps,” she said after taking fourth Saturday in the 100 hurdles at the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet at Los Gatos High in 15.08 seconds. “Next week I am going to be focusing on jumps.”
Fisher will compete Saturday at the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College, the last big invitational before the push for the state meet begins.
“I am excited,” Fisher said. “I am ready to jump.”
Fisher’s triple-jump mark of 41 feet, 7.25 inches, set April 1 at the Stanford Invitational, ranks second in the state this season. Only Agoura’s Tara Davis (41-9) has done better.
Fisher is tied for fourth in the state in the long jump at 19-4, a mark she reached six weeks ago at the K-Bell meet.
“My goal at state is to be 42, 43, just trying to stay consistent right now,” she said. “My long jump is getting there. Consistently I am doing 17s and 18s. But CCS and state I want to get to 19 and 20.”
Bellarmine runner aims high
The race was closer than expected, with a trio of runners sprinting toward the finish, each pushing each other a little faster.
Bellarmine College Prep’s Alex Scales crossed the line first, the favorite winning the 1,600 at the CCS Top 8 meet in 4 minutes, 13.39 seconds.
But the state leader at 800 meters wanted more.
Before the race, Scales and his coach discussed taking down the 16-year-old meet record of 4:12.80, a realistic target given that Scales clocked an unofficial 4:09 over 1,600 in a distance medley relay this season.
The first two laps unfolded as anticipated, with Scales out in front.
But at the 1,200 mark, Menlo School’s Robert Miranda claimed the lead, with Andrew Hill’s Jorge Estrella second and Scales third.
“I was expecting to be pretty much alone for the whole thing,” Scales said. “I am not very happy with my time.”
In the big picture, the time wasn’t bad. Not bad at all. It ranks No. 2 in the state this season.
But it wasn’t what Scales had in mind.
By the end of the season, the junior said he hopes to bring the 1,600 time down to 4:06 and break 1:50 in the 800. He ran a state-leading 1:50.64 in the 800 at the Arcadia Invitational two weekends ago.
Given that Scales got sick at his league meet last season and, as he put it, didn’t really run anything, this season has been new territory.
“I changed a lot of things,” Scales said. “The workouts have been a lot faster, more speed workouts, which is my favorite. I didn’t think myself actually that I’d be at this point, but my dad and my coach thought I could do it.”
Scales and his distance medley teammates will travel East this weekend to compete at the Penn Relays.
For complete Top 8 results, go here.
Swimming: Palo Alto Challenge
Palo Alto junior Zoe Lusk finished first in four races — two individual, two relays — while leading the Vikings to the top of the leaderboard Saturday at the Palo Alto Section Challenge at Sacred Heart Prep.
San Ramon Valley finished first in the boys standings.
Lusk won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.09 and 100 backstroke in 58.75. She also swam a leg on Palo Alto’s 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams, which also finished first.
SRV’s Teagan Cheney brought him four first-place medals as well. The senior won the 200 free in 1:42.11 and 100 free in 46.43. He also swam legs on the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams.
CJ Malski had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice as Granada upset De La Salle 10-4 on Saturday in East Bay Athletic League play. Granada improved to 9-8 and 4-3 in the EBAL’s Valley Division, DLS fell to 13-5 and 5-2 in the EBAL’s Mountain Division. …. Ben Cleasby had two hits, scored a run and knocked in a run and Ethan Stern had two RBIs to lead Palo Alto to a 6-4 win in a non-league game between first-place teams. … Sophomore Jesse Barron struck out nine while pitching a complete game as Dougherty Valley edged Liberty 1-0.
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