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Verdon Takes Two Titles; Cougars Qualify Seventeen for NCS Meet of Champions
With the familiar winds of the Granada High School stadium battering runners on the home stretch, conditions were less than ideal on Saturday for the athletes of the NCS Tri-Valley Area leagues looking to qualify to next weekend's Meet of Champions. Nevertheless, Carrie Verdon (12) looked to make a statement in her 1600m heat, taking an early lead with a 72 second opening split, then building a gap on second place that reached over 100 meters by the time the section's distance running sensation powered into the breeze on the final stretch. Verdon's finish in 4:55.66 was the top time of the day by fifteen seconds, the second fastest time in school history, and leads the entire North Coast Section.
Following Verdon's lead, the Cougars earned an additional sixteen tickets for the NCS MOC, where finalists will compete for a berth in the 2011 California State Championships. Other qualifiers included a pack of distance runners in the 1600m, where Juliet Farnan (12), Sara Mostatabi (11), Haley Shipway (14), and Rachel Meadows (12) took four of the next six places behind Verdon's title effort.
Hadley Swanson (13) claimed three spots for herself with a second place finish in the long jump, a tie for third place in the high jump, and an at-large qualifying mark in the 400m.
The surprise performance of the day was perhaps the fourth place finish in discus by Jane Macy (12), who set a new personal best at 102-2 and leapfrogged her sister Margaret, who finished in sixth.
In the boys' 3200m, Thomas Joyce (12) returned to the track after finishing fourth in the 1600m to advance in fifth position. Teammates Vinson Compestine (12) and Dylan Laucher (11) also clung to the breakaway pack through eight grueling laps, grabbing the final two qualifying sports.
Verdon finished up her day with a victory in the girls' 3200m, while Farnan finished 7th to also advance.
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VARSITY GIRLS RESULTS
400 Relay Meghan Nelson-Gaby Gryko-Kendall Coffee-Lindsay Wong=51.43, 1600 Carrie Verdon 4:55.66, Juliet Farnan 5:18.33, Sara Mostatabi 5:20.87, Haley Shipway 5:21.18, Rachel Meadows 5:22.67, 100 Hurdles Meghan Nelson 16.53, 400 Hadley Swanson 59.31, 800 Rachel Meadows 2:35.34, 300 Hurdles Meghan Nelson 47.05, 3200 Carrie Verdon 10:51.17, Juliet Farnan 11:38.63, Sara Mostatabi 11:57.02, Haley Shipway DNS, 1600 Relay Meghan Nelson 64.8-Kendall Coffee 63.9-Hadley Swanson 59.7-Paloma Magana 63.5=4:12.09, LJ Hadley Swanson 17-6.5, Rhea Jayachandran NM, TJ Rhea Jayachandran 32-2.75, Paloma Magana 31-8.5, HJ Hadley Swanson 5-0, PV Gaby Gryko 8-8, SP Margaret Macy 30-2.75, DT Jane Macy 102-2, Margaret Macy 101-2
Team scores Deer Valley 84, Antioch 54, Campolindo 47, Granada 40.5, Amador Valley 25.5, Miramonte 25.5, Acalanes 25, California 25, Monte Vista 21.5, Las Lomas 20, Carondelet 19, Alhambra 18, Dublin 18, Foothill 17, San Ramon Valley 16, Livermore 15, Freedom 6, Heritage 6, Clayton Valley 4, Dougherty Valley 3, Mt. Diablo 3, Ygnacio Valley 2, Pittsburg 1.
VARSITY BOYS RESULTS
400 Relay Reiner Ebarle-Chris Maag-Jake Cucarola-Dan Fadelli=43.84, 1600 Thomas Joyce 4:24.80, Keith Geiger 4:36.67, Gian David Panetta 4:38.55, 400 Chris Maag 51.59, 100 Dan Fadelli 11.63, 800 Leland Wong 2:01.08, 300 Hurdles Darren Brodowy 43.98, 3200 Thomas Joyce 9:33.43, Vinson Compestine 9:35.36, Dylan Laucher 9:36.74, 1600 Relay Reiner Ebarle 53.0-Ryan Hoffman 51.8-Leland Wong 52.7-Chris Maag 51.7=3:29.29, LJ Tony Knox 18-5.75, PV Andres DelValle 12-8, SP Griffin Brumbaugh 44-0, DT Griffin Brumbaugh 124-4, Vance Prescott 118-0
Team scores De La Salle 76, Heritage 56, Amador Valley 51, San Ramon Valley 36.5, Granada 31, Deer Valley 30, Freedom 28, Monte Vista 23, Las Lomas 22, Clayton Valley 20, Dublin 20, California 20, College Park 16, Miramonte 16, Pittsburg 14, Livermore 10, Mt. Diablo 8, Campolindo 7, Northgate 6, Dougherty Valley 2, Alhambra 2, Liberty 1.5.