Best in throw

All-around threat David Kelch was first in the high jump, 110m

Hollister
– This past weekend’s Stanford Invitational featured some of the
best high-school track and field athletes in the country, from as
far away as Idaho, Washington and even Hawaii competing against
each other. Just getting invited to the Stanford event is
considered to be an honor. To place well at t
he invite is a big deal, to say the least.
Hollister – This past weekend’s Stanford Invitational featured some of the best high-school track and field athletes in the country, from as far away as Idaho, Washington and even Hawaii competing against each other. Just getting invited to the Stanford event is considered to be an honor. To place well at the invite is a big deal, to say the least.

Gilroy High junior Robert Best was among the best of the best in Palo Alto on Saturday.

Best competed in both the shot put and the discus events and, despite all of the pressure that goes along with being at the Stanford Invitational, scored personal best distances in both events on his way to very respectable finishes.

Best’s shot put distance was 52.2 feet, good enough for third place at the Invitational and also good enough for the second-best throw among Central Coast Section weightmen, in these early days of the track season.

Best is also right around second place among all CCS competitors in the discus after uncorking a throw of 155.6 feet on Saturday, placing him seventh at Stanford.

“He performed very well with some really good throwers there, he had a really good showing,” said Gilroy assistant track coach Richard Macy. “Bobby doesn’t get intimidated at all. He doesn’t get rattled or nervous and I think that’s the key to why he’s been able to have so much success.”

Also competing for Gilroy at the Invitational were seniors Frank Valadez and Sierra Barrosa, competing in the boys’ high jump and girls’ discus, respectively.

Valadez, coming off a 6-02.25 leap to win the West Valley Relays last week, could only manage the opening height of 5-10.00 and finished tied for 20th.

Barrosa, third at the Relays with a throw of 96-04, was 24th at Stanford. Her best toss was 92-10, well off the winning mark of 136-00 by Alexaraee Toeaina of Pittsburgh High.

Notes: An all-around threat from San Ramon’s California High, David Kelch, was the talk of the Stanford Invitational. Performing at the highest level in an unusual variety of events, the junior set a meet records in the 400m hurdles (52.75), matched another one in the high jump (7-00.00) and also won the 110m hurdles event (14.29). Kelch has also had a long jump of 24-07.00 this season and a triple jump of 46-00.75, but did not compete in those events at Stanford. The long jump would have been good for first place at the Invite, the triple jump good for third. Oh, and the 48.7 400m he ran a few weeks ago would have been good for second on Saturday. Decathlon, watch out … Hollister athletes broke two school records at the meet. Junior runner Amanda Boyd broke Maria Pleyte’s 1993 Haybaler mark in the 3000m event with a time of 10.29sec, while the boys’ 4x100m relay team – Jeff Wertz, Chuck Thompson, Jesse Rice and Chad Tungate – shaved nine-hundredths of a second of the SBHS record with a time of 43.88.

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