Meet of Champions
RESULTS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
In her first fresh 3200m race since the Dan Gabor Distance Festival in March, Brighie Leach (15) flirted with the rest of the state meet contenders for four laps, then left them dizzy in her wake as she pulled away at Saturday's North Coast Section Meet of Champions at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium.
Sensing a lull in the pace, the sophomore distance star moved ahead of Granada's Maryann Gong and McKinleyville's Morgin Coonfield on the 5th lap. Leach never relinquished the lead, closing in 75 seconds on the final 400m to earn her first NCS crown, and her first trip to the CIF State Championships.
Leach's 10:41 mark for eight laps is second only to Carrie Verdon on the Campolindo record board.
Also headed to Fresno is Aidan Goltra (14), who stayed patient through the first six laps of his 3200m final. Goltra allowed De La Salle's Blair Hurlock and race favorite John Lawson of Sir Francis Drake to battle up front while he drafted in the windy conditions.
The lead pack gradually dwindled down to four competitors with 600 meters remaining. By the 300 meter mark Lawson surged ahead while Goltra clung to Hurlock. Coming off the final turn and into the home stretch, Goltra finally made his move to overtake Hurlock and claim second place at the line.
The 9:16 time moves Goltra to fourth in school history.
Saturday's finals were capped by an exciting improvement for the boys' 1600 relay team, which landed on the podium and improved to fifth All-Time. Anchor runner Ryan Hoffman (13) cracked the 49 second mark to help the squad to its 3:23.17 finish.
Friday's MOC trials featured another fine effort from Lily Quint (13), who topped 10-6 in the vault, as well as Brian Pfaff's (13) hurdle mark of 15.61, which earned him a spot in the finals.
NCS girls track and field: Castro Valley's Sasha Wallace adds to resume
By Phil Jensen
BERKELEY -- The final North Coast Section meet of Sasha Wallace's high school career was one for the record books.
In her newest event, the Castro Valley High star tied an NCS Meet of Champions record Saturday with her girls long jump victory. The mark of 20 feet, 2 inches (wind-aided) matched former Hercules standout Jamesha Youngblood's mark in 2007.
Wallace also achieved a rare feat by winning three NCS Meet of Champions individual titles. She successfully defended her championship in the 100-meter hurdles with an impressive victory in 13.73 seconds while battling a 1.8-meter per second head-wind. Tough head-winds plagued the sprints Saturday at Edwards Stadium. On Friday, Wallace successfully defended her triple jump title (41-8?1/2 wind-aided).
"It's a great way to finish my senior year," Wallace said before rushing off to her prom. "To win all three is a blessing."
In Saturday's long jump, the Oregon-bound Wallace took the lead on her first jump (18-9?3/4 wind-aided) before getting all of the board on her second attempt to sail 20-2 and smash her personal record by nearly a foot. It was only her fourth competition in the event ever.
San Leandro won the girls team title (56 points) behind two individual wins from junior Gabriella Cantrell. She shook off a recall in the initial girls 100 start due to a timing malfunction and charged in approximately the last 40 meters to win the race in 12.15 (into a 2.5 mps head-wind).
She completed a sprint double-win with a 24.70 performance in the 200 (into a 2.8 mps head-wind). She also joined Camille Watson, Kortni Smyers-Jones and Nijae Jones to win the 400 relay in 47.28.
Jones also won the 800 in 2 minutes, 11.21 seconds, the No. 3 mark in the state this season, according to PrepCalTrack.com. Jones led at the 400 and ran a 1:05.41 final 400 meters to win by 1.72 seconds.
"It's the best thing ever," said an exhausted Jones about winning the NCS Meet of Champions title. "I've wanted to win since freshman year. I'm so happy."
Campolindo's Brighie Leach set an 19-second personal record in her girls 3,200 win. The sophomore made a strong move in the final mile to produce a time of 10:41.45.
"I felt pretty good going into the fifth lap and I was trying to go for (80-second 400-meter splits)," said Leach, who ran a faster second mile than her first.
St. Mary's junior Carly Schulz also set a personal record to win the girls 300 low hurdles in 44.45 seconds.
Schulz also joined Spencer Moore, Zoie Campbell and Chloe Jenkins to win the 1,600 relay in 3:52.22.
The 1,600 and 400 were won by a pair of East Bay Athletic League athletes. Granada's Maryann Gong, who held the lead for much of the 1,600 before College Park's Kendall Stuscavage made a move with approximately 250 to go, came back in the final straightaway to win in 5:02.87. Carondelet'sChristina Chenault made a strong move in the final five meters of the 400 to win in 55.75.
VARSITY GIRLS RESULTS
PV Lily Quint 10-6, 3200 Relay H. Shipway 2:29.3-Cella 2:32.9-Hann 2:33.9-Chiang 2:51.0=10:29.93
VARSITY BOYS RESULTS
110 Hurdles Brian Pfaff 15.61, 400 Ryan Hoffman 49.96, 1600 Relay Lothamer 52.1-Hughes 50.9-VanHeuit 51.6-Hoffman 49.9=3:24.59, 3200 Relay Weinberg 2:10.5-Moran 2:10.7-Sauerberg 2:12.0-K. Buckley 2:14.0=8:47.64
VARSITY GIRLS RESULTS
3200 Brighie Leach 10:41.45, Mary Orders 11:28.84
VARSITY BOYS RESULTS
110 Hurdles Brian Pfaff 16.32, 3200 Aidan Goltra 9:16.53, Adam Hathaway 9:34.09, 1600 Relay Lothamer 51.6-Hughes 50.5-VanHeuit 52.1-Hoffman 48.9=3:23.19