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The Talon

The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California

The Talon

Soaring Eagles: LAHS Athletes Excel

Danny Yeager

Senior Danny Yeager is one of the most valuable athletes on the track and field team, sometimes single-handedly scoring almost one-fourth of the team’s points at meets. What is even more impressive is that Danny has only been doing track and field for four years.

“I didn’t really get interested in track until high school,” Danny said. “I did other sports like soccer, water polo, baseball, etc., but track just came easy to me.”

Danny’s main events are the high jump, long jump, 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles. He has personal records of 6’ 6.75” in the high jump, 21’ 6” in the long jump, 15.14 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles and 39.54 seconds in the 300 meter hurdles.

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Danny says that he enjoys track and field for its high intensity.

“The athletic aspect I like most about track is the idea of having ‘one shot,’” Danny said. “It forces you to give it your all for that small amount of time and doesn’t give you a chance to slack off or take a break.”

He also enjoys the social aspects of track and field.

Competing against hundreds of athletes from all over California in events such as the  Central Coast Section (CCS) Championships has helped Danny make a variety of new friends.

“There comes an air of respect… rarely is anyone cocky,” Danny said. “The majority of track athletes are modest so its very easy to get along with everyone.”

Albert Gwo

Freshman Albert Gwo is the only freshman on varsity the boys swimming team this year and is one of the fastest sprinters on the team.

Albert has been swimming since he was just three years old. He began swimming competitively when he was 11, and has since risen to become one of the nation’s most elite swimmers in his age group. He is currently ranked 13th in the nation in the 50 yard freestyle (short course) with a time of 21.65 seconds.

Albert says that he enjoys swimming because of the diversity of competitors as well as the social aspects of the sport.

“I enjoy racing people of different ages and sizes,” Albert said. “What I enjoy most is spending valuable time with old and new friends at the pool.”

Albert has made great contributions to the team, placing first in many of his individual events at meets and helping to score points with his impressive times. Albert aims to make an even bigger impact at CCS. So far, he has qualified for six events for CCS, three individual events and three relay events. The individual events he has qualified for are the 50 yard freestyle, the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly. For relay events, he has qualified for the 200 yard freestyle relay, the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay.

“I have been doing considerably well,” Albert said. “My goal is to score points for the team and get a good seed time going into CCS.”

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