Menlo News May 02, 2022

Track & field recap: Distance relay takes bronze; Knights shine at WBAL

Week of 4.25-4.30.2022
The distance medley relay team at Penn Relays

The Menlo School distance relay took bronze at the prestigious Penn Relays in Pennsylvania on Friday.

The fifth-seeded Knights team of freshman Landon Pretre (1200 meters) and juniors William Floyd (400), Aiden Deffner (800) and Justin Pretre (1600) finished third among a field of select top 15 DMR teams in 10:19.25

This was Menlo’s first relay team invited to The Penn Relays in school history. The only other Menlo athlete  selected to the event was Yale senior Robert Miranda, who ran the Boys Mile, and finished sixth in 2018.

A day earlier, the Knights track and field team came up big in a warm-up to next week’s league trials, WBAL Meet 3 at Sacred Heart Prep.

The girls 400 relay of Helen Barkley, Emily Gruber, Noelle Lenden and Kai Yara won in 53.97. Lenden, a freshman, also won the 100 hurdles in 21:01. Gruber was third in the 100 in 13.57.

Alexandra Chou, a freshman won the 200 in 27,16 and took silver in the 300 hurdles in 49.96. 

On the boys side, junior Robby Enright won the lung jump with a mark of 18-9.5, took second in triple jump in 38-7, tied for third in high jump with William Edwards, clearing 5-0 and ran a leg on the third-place 400 relay with Colin Ho, Ben Tsuda and Chris Liao in 45.69.

Senior Vikram Sheshadri won the 100 hurdles in  16:34 and took third in the 100 in 11.92. Taking bronze was Will Hauser in 1600 (4:31.49), Alex Boesch in 400 (56.57), Tsuda in 200 (24.21) and Brady Kagan shot put (25-3.5).