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By: GORDON KASS Daily News Correspondent
Posted May 26
Saint Francis and Mountain View both used clutch performances from their athletes to finish second and third respectively in the Central Coast Section girls track and field championships Friday at Gilroy. Piedmont Hills-San Jose won the title with 61 points, with the Lancers scoring 57 and the Spartans next with 54.
Saint Francis was led by three-event winner Micha Auzenne, champion in the 100 meters, 100 hurdles and long jump. But in the late-afternoon chill as the crowd was just starting to arrive, the Lancer junior found herself in third place in the long jump with one attempt remaining.
“I had been in first but then was in third,” she said. “I thought, ‘How did I get pushed down to third?’ I got angry and then I listened to what my coach said. I ran fast and I knew it was a good jump.”
She launched herself 18’5 ½” to edge Valley Christian’s Kristin Sato, who had jumped the same distance. The deciding factor was best second jump and that was in Auzenne’s favor.
Mountain View’s Brielle Rowe came through with a similar clutch display to move into first place as she won her second straight CCS discus title.
“I was nervous but I told myself I had one last chance,” Rowe said. “I tried not to think too much.”
She flung the plate 131’4” to win, topping Brianna Cueva of Watsonville, who threw 128’ 5”. Anya Tonga of Sequoia also qualified for the state meet by finishing third.
Auzenne had less trouble on the track. She crushed the field in the 100 hurdles, winning in 14.26, over a second ahead of teammate Lauren Johnson“I was a little high over the first two hurdles,” Auzenne said. “Then I got lower. I kinda wanted to PR (13.90) but I’m glad I won.”
Auzenne zoomed to the 100 meters title in 12.08. The contest was even for about 30 meters and then the Lancer sprinter found another gear and took control, defeating Jayla Scholis of Seaside, who came in second in 12.37.
Auzenne’s season best was 12.01 but the competition included Leigh-San Jose’s Sarah Cline, who had an 11.92 and Scholis, who had a 12.04.
“I thought it would be close,” Auzenne said. “It feels really good to win. I will definitely run all three events at state.”
Mountain View’s Allison Sturges finished second in the 1600 meters (5:03.43), fourth in the 800 meters and was part of the 4x400 relay team, on which anchor Emily Andrew’s dramatic stretch-run sprint brought the Spartans into second in 3:56.71, edging Leland-San Jose in a spectacular finish.
Samantha Sinclair of Mountain View won the shot put with another one of those clutch lastchance performances.
“My warm-ups were a little shaky,” Sinclair said. “I talked to my coach and worked on my technique.” A toss of 40’ 9 ½” on her last throw won her the title.
Other state meet qualifiers included Menlo’s Madeline Price, third in the 400 meters; Saint Francis’ Megan Benham, third in the pole vault; and Los Altos’ Catherine Li, second in the triple jump.