GILROY — Unbeknownst to Rachael Estell, the four-year track and field standout at Mountain View had earned a spot atop the podium one last time at the Central Coast Section championships on Friday night at Gilroy High.
Except, the senior found herself miles away.
Estell was already on her way home when the Spartans were announced as the team champion for the first time in school history.
“I just heard about it, actually, like two seconds ago,” said Estell, after answering her cellphone. “One of my friends texted me and I couldn’t believe it.”
The only person left to accept the trophy as the parking lot emptied was second-year head coach Scott Ishizaki.
“I’m going to be texting them and telling them and emailing it out,” said Ishizaki, who ready for a runner-up finish after coming in third the previous year. “I thought we had a shot, but this is so awesome. What a way to end the season.”
Mountain View was enthralled in a four-team race, with its 42 points good enough to hold off runner-up Silver Creek (39), third-place Branham (38.5) and last year’s champion St. Francis (37).
Estell accounted for 24 points almost by herself, as the second leg of the 400-meter relay, winner of the long jump, third in the 200 meters and fifth in the 100 dash.
The rest of the scoring came courtesy of fellow senior Sinai Fatafehi, who out-threw the competition in the shot put and took second in the discus.
“They are definitely our heavy hitters,” Ishizaki said. “They carried us on their backs to this first-place…
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