They are two of the top track and field performers in the Central Coast Section. And they both excel in academics, as well.

Wilcox's Marisa Kwiatkowski placed fourth in the triple jump at last year's state meet. She is headed to Stanford in the fall.

Menlo's Maddy Price placed sixth in the 400 at last year's state meet. She is headed to Duke for college.

Both were double winners at last year's CCS finals, Kwiatkowski in the long jump and triple jump, Price in the 200 and 400.

Now, before they turn their attention to college, each has matters to take care of this spring, writing the final chapter in the storylines of their outstanding high school careers.

Kwiatkowski started her outdoor season in fine form, reaching a career-best 41 feet, 23/4 inches in the triple jump at the Los Gatos all-comers meet. It's still the furthest distance jumped by any girl in the CCS this season.

She also leads the section in the girls long jump at 18-9.

Kwiatkowski ran cross country her first two years of high school before making the decision to train year round for the horizontal jumps.

"When I started jumping, I realized how much fun it is, flying through the air,'' she said.

Wilcox coach Mike Buncic knew he had something special when she triple jumped 35 feet her first meet as a freshman.

"She has a very good work ethic and a tremendous feel for the event,'' Buncic said. "She is extremely dedicated and determined to do well. Being a triple jumper is such a long-term project. I'm sure she'll be a success at the next level. She's certainly got the right mindset.''

In addition to the time she spends on athletics and academics Kwiatkowski serves as student body president at Wilcox. Her campaign platform?

"To bring a sense of unity and school spirit," Kwiatkowski said.

She is also president of the school's Interact Club.

"It's a youth version of the Rotary Club," Kwiatkowski said. "Each year we do an international project. This year we're providing solar energy for families in Afghanistan. We do food drives and toy drives and work with the Second Harvest Food Bank.''

Price had a big breakthrough last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational, finishing second in the 400 in 53.43 seconds, a big improvement over her previous best of 54.69. It was the second-fastest time in CCS history behind the 52.83 run by Mills' Leslie Maxie in 1984 and was also the second-fastest time in the U.S. this year.

"I'm super pleased,'' Price said. "It was a milestone on a long journey. I'd like to drop into the 52s by the end of the season.''

Price played basketball her first three years at Menlo before deciding to focus solely on track her senior year.

"I decided to see how far I could go with my track potential in high school," Price said. "A lot of girls I see at state train all year long. Last year I got out of basketball late."

Price tried the 300 hurdles for the first time this season and set a school record with a time of 44.93. Not bad for a first try. Now she has to decide whether to pursue that event or stay with the 200 as her second event.

She said she picked up the bug for racing from her father, Shawn Price, who at various times competed in auto racing, off-road motorcycle racing and sailboat racing. Both her parents are from Canada and Price plans on trying out for the Canadian Junior National team this summer.

She is also a standout in the classroom.

"She's incredibly bright,'' said Vicky Greenbaum, her Advanced Placement English teacher at Menlo. "She's always full of joy and interested in ideas."