Don’t look now, but the track and field season isn’t too far away.
And it looks like Menlo’s Maddy Price is rounding that last corner and leading the early charge already.
Price, the reigning Daily Journal Female Athlete of the Year, finished in the top three in three events, including a record-setting win in the 400-meter race of the Great Southwest Track and Field Indoor Classic on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
With her time of 55.97 seconds, Price eclipsed the 400 previous-best of 57.63 set by Payton Miller last year.
About an hour earlier, Price — despite being a newcomer to the event — won her 60-meter heat and took third overall with a time of 7.81.
“Running the 60 meters was a whole new experience for me, but it was very fun,” Price said via school press release.
Price had about a half-hour rest before her next race. She then went and placed second in the 200 in 25.23 behind only Ky Westbrook, last year’s Youth Worlds champion in the 100 and winner of the 2014 60-meter event.
“It was so awesome to get to run my first indoor meet at such an amazing track, and be able to have solid performances to open the season,” Price said after the 200. “I have been training really hard this fall, and I can’t wait to improve on the performances in upcoming meets.”
Elsewhere in the county, other players were accomplishing things you only see in YouTube videos.
Chief among those is a freshman out of Hillsdale High School, Valerie Chiang. The defender started her Honor Roll worthy afternoon against Sequoia by assisting on a lovely ball from her back line to Kayla Coleman for the second of three Knights goals.
Minutes later, and after coming really close on a previous attempt, Chiang pulled off the Olympico Goal when she swung in a corner kick with her left foot straight into the Sequoia net — definitely a front-runner for the Goal of the Year.
Major props also go out to Mills defender-turned-forward April French. In just a couple of days into her new role on the Vikings soccer team, French had a foot in both Mills goals during a victory over Ocean Division rival El Camino.
In the Bay Division, Alyssa Fagel and Lauren Racioppe of Carlmont girls’ soccer proved the Scots are in the right hands this season. The pair of goalkeepers came up big as the Scots ended Woodside’s 31-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory. Fagel played the first half and finished with five saves. Racioppe came on in the second half and finished with nine stops — including several from point-blank range.
Sacred Heart Prep’s Tierna Davidson had a five-goal week for the Gators to help in victories against Monta Vista and Woodside Priory.
Over on the boys’ side of the SHP pitch, it was a productive week for Issac Polkinhorne, who had a three-goal week for the Gators.
On the hardwood, Anisah Smith of Carlmont continued her big season for the Scots. In two victories, Smith averaged over 22 points per game.
Still in the PAL, Julia Gibbs of Mills basketball led the Vikings to a 45-30 win over Menlo-Atherton Wednesday, pouring in 21 points. She then added 19 points in a Monday loss to Hercules. Gibbs is only a sophomore.
In the West Bay Athletic League, Hannah Paye is now in the record books. Paye set a new Menlo record by burying seven 3-pointers in the Knights’ last-second 48-45 win over Mercy-SF Friday. Paye finished with 25 points.
Her WBAL-Valparaiso rival, Meaghan Holland averaged nearly 17 points per game last week in a pair of SHP wins.
In boys’ basketball, Danny Mahoney of Serra basketball was the Padres’ leading scorer in a pair of games last week. He scored 15 in a 50-41 loss to Mitty last Tuesday and then duplicated that number in a 56-44 win over Bellarmine Saturday.
Corbin Koch of Sacred Heart Prep is in midseason form. He scored 11, 17 and 20 points in three SHP victories last week — for an average of 16 a game.
In the PAL, Brian Houle of Hillsdale basketball exploded for 24 points in a 50-45 OT loss to Sequoia Wednesday. He came back with 22 in a 59-41 win over Capuchino.