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Mitty, Bellarmine and Los Altos stars shine

Hannah Rutherford of Mountain View sets a meet record of 53.77 seconds in the 400 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

LOS GATOS – Mountain View junior Hannah Rutherford set two meet records Saturday at the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet at Los Gatos High.

Rutherford won the 400 meters in a blistering 53.77 seconds, breaking the previous meet record of 55.29, set by Leigh’s Hawa Kamara in 2018. Rutherford came back to win the 200 in 23.88, breaking a 35-year-old meet record of 24.17 broke. by Annette Coleman of Carlmont from 1989.

Both winning times were personal bests by a significant margin for the Mountain View standout.

Her 400 time is the fourth fastest in CCS history

“I never could have imagined this,” Rutherford said after the 400. “My fastest time this year was 55.05, so I wanted to maybe PR and get under 55. The strength training I started with really helped.”

Her 200 times rank No. 8 on the CCS all-time list.

Hannah Rutherford of Mountain View sets a meet record of 53.77 seconds in the 400 meters as she runs away from second-place Clara Adams of North Salinas, left, during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Los Gatos High school in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Hannah Rutherford of Mountain View sets a meet record of 53.77 seconds in the 400 meters as she runs away from second-place Clara Adams of North Salinas, left, during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Los Gatos High school in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Archbishop Mitty Laniah Simpson was the top points earner at the meet, winning both obstacle races and placing second in the 100 to lead the Monarchs to the girls team title.

She won the 100 hurdles in 14.50. Sophomore Los Altos Daniela Hughes came second (14.68), followed by Mitty’s Taylor Oden And Tiana Osuna.

“My goal this year is to run 14.0, maybe 13.9,” Simpson said. “I trained very hard. It’s nice to have both of my teammates next to me because they push me to run faster.”

Hughes defeated Simpson in the 100 with a winning time of 12.31.

Prospect Kylie Hoorvaert is the only CCS girl to record a 2:10 in the 800 this season, with a time of 2:09.91 in Arcadia. She ran the 1,600 Saturday and picked up the pace, immediately taking the lead until the finals when Palo Alto’s Kinga Czajkowska outpaced her to win in 4:51.03. Hoornaert’s time was 4:51.43. A great race by both runners.

Czajkowska was asked if she felt like she could run faster.

“I really hope I do,” she said. “I’ve ramped up my training and cross-training and set really big goals for myself. And I hope I can hit them.”

Sophomore Monta Vista Lelani Laruelle won the high jump 5-8, which tied for the best finish in the state so far this season. Not bad for a girl who is only in her third year of high jumping. Her best as a freshman was 5-2.

“I want to get better and improve my form and maybe get to 5-10,” she said. “My coaches and my friends have been a big help.”

St. Ignatius sophomore Ellie McCuskey-Hay won the long jump (18-8 ¾) and anchored the winning 4×100 relay team, but clawed away from the 100 and 200.

Other winners at the girls meet included Los Gatos’ Taylor Chesarek in the 3,200 (11:03.30), Suraya Newman of St. Ignatius in the triple jump (36-6), Savannah Filios of St. Francis in the shot put (36-2 ¼) and Silver Creek’s Brielle Mosley in the discus (136-2). Los Gatos won the 4×400 relay (3:57.1) and St. Francis won the 4×800 relay (9:52.72).

Palo Alto's Kinga Czajkowska beats Prospect's Kylie Hoornaert to the finish in the 1600 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Regionieuwsgroep)
Palo Alto’s Kinga Czajkowska beats Prospect’s Kylie Hoornaert to the finish in the 1600 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Regionieuwsgroep)

In the boys’ section of the meeting, Bellarmine’s James Buellesbach won the 110 high hurdles in a personal best and CCS-leading 14.09, helping the Bells to the boys’ team title. As a junior, Buellesbach finished second on the high hurdles during the CCS final last year.

“The school record at my school is 13.91, that’s what I’ve been aiming for all year,” he said.

Pioneer junior Carson Hedlund opened some eyes earlier this season, running the 1,600 in 4:07.36 in Arcadia. He won the 800 Saturday in a close home stretch battle with Carmel’s Mac Aldi. Hedlund ran 1:54.14 to Aldi’s 1:54.16.

“Like every race, I tried to stay calm, focused on the moment,” Hedlund said. “I knew he would try to shoot me from the outside with a slingshot, and that’s what I would have tried. He rode a great race. With 50 or 60 left, he pulled on my shoulder. I was lucky to have that extra equipment.”

Los Altos’ Nathaniel Guillory was a double winner in the 100 (10.64) and 200 (21.30).

“I’m lifting every day and at that point it’s just a matter of executing,” Guillory said. “A lot of work has gone into it, now it’s just a matter of staying positive.”

Tyson Bonilla, better known as the quarterback of the Wilcox football team, won the long jump 22-5 ½. He has a CCS best of 23-6 this year.

“By the end of the season I hope to break the 7 meter barrier,” said Bonilla. “If I can do 24, I might get some interest from D-I, D-II schools. Otherwise I will play football at (College of) San Mateo.”

Wilcox's Tyson Bonilla wins the long jump during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California.  (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Wilcox’s Tyson Bonilla wins the long jump during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Benjamin Bouie of Crystal Springs Uplands won the boys 1,600 (4:11.16). He had a small lead heading into the final lap, then turned it on and pulled away.

“Being able to find the gears, being able to start a fast pace when you’re hurting, that’s what I’ve been working on, and that came together in this race,” Bouie said.

Other winning performances in the boys’ match were provided by Monta Vista’s Denny Dongwho leaned into the finish to win the 400 in 48.82, just ahead of St. Francis’ Sean Walsh (48.85), Thomas Zang of St. Ignatius in the 300 hurdles (38.53), Tarik Bakker of Crystal Springs Uplands in the 3,200 (9:28.99), Bellarmine’s Kenneth Tukker in the triple jump (45-7 ¾), that of Serra Luke Lewis in the shot put (55-5 ¼), Branham’s Kazu Kimurain the high jump at 6-6, as well as third place in the long jump, and Gunn’s Owen Koehler in the discus (159-6). Mitty won the 4×100 relay (41.92) and Bellarmine took the 4×400 (3:24.82).

Denny Dong of Monta Vista, right, smiles after hearing he beat St. Francis' Sean Walsh by three-hundredths of a second in the 400 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Denny Dong of Monta Vista, right, smiles after hearing he beat St. Francis’ Sean Walsh by three-hundredths of a second in the 400 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Denny Dong of Monta Vista, left, trails Sean Walsh of St. Francis by three-hundredths of a second in the 400 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Denny Dong of Monta Vista, left, trails Sean Walsh of St. Francis by three-hundredths of a second in the 400 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Prospect's Kylie Hoornaert sets the pace in the 1600 meters ahead of Crystal's Anna Salter and eventual race winner Kinga Czajkowska of Palo Alto during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California ( Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Prospect’s Kylie Hoornaert sets the pace in the 1600 meters ahead of Crystal’s Anna Salter and eventual race winner Kinga Czajkowska of Palo Alto during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California ( Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Kinga Czajkowska of Palo Alto wins the 1600 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Kinga Czajkowska of Palo Alto wins the 1600 meters during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Serra's Jeovanni Henley rides to victory in his seeded 400-meter race during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Serra’s Jeovanni Henley rides to victory in his seeded 400-meter race during the Central Coast Section Top 8 meet, Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)