Varsity Championship FINALS
RESULTS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
Distance Squad Dominates, Wirth Soars 5-6 as Girls Rally to Win Title; Boys 3rd with Hughes' Runner-up Sprint Double
After a rough start in Wednesday's running event trials and field event finals, the varsity girls stormed back on Friday to claim the 2015 league title.
Brighie Leach (15) led a historic display of distance domination, winning the 1600m, 800m and 3200m races. Toni Finnane (15) and Mary Orders (15) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in both the 1600m and 3200m, while Sarah Cella (16) summoned her best performance of the season to grab the runner-up spot in the 800m.
Hana Sun (16) finished 5th in the 1600m and 6th in the 3200m, and Hannah Ruane (18) earned a 4th place finish in 8-lap event.
All told, the Cougar distance runners amassed 73 points in just 3 events.
Kelley Wirth (15) added 10 more points with a school record 5-6 high jump win, Maddy Daum (15) landed 8 points with a 2nd place discus throw, and Juliet Arnswald (17) surprised with a 3rd place 300 hurdle performance worth 6 points.
The DFAL crown was clinched when the girls' harriers claimed 5 of 6 scoring places in the 3200m race, adding 29 points to the team score. With only the 1600 relay remaining, the Cougars held a 16 point advantage over Miramonte.
Leach's distance triple, which included a 4:53.51 personal best in the 1600m, is arguably the greatest girls' single meet performance in school history.
On the boys' side, Jonathan Hughes (16) featured prominently in 2 down-to-the-wire sprint battles. In the 400m race, the Mat's Charles O'Brien beat out the junior for the title by just one one hundredth of a second. Hughe's set a personal best of 49.69, climbing to 5th on the All-Time list.
Hughes doubled back to another close runner-up finish in the 200m. His 22.84 mark is 7th fastest ever for Campolindo.
Jared Yabu (17) almost stole the show in the 3200m race, closing down on Acalanes' Cameron Gaskell in the final 3 laps. The sensational sophomore finished 2nd in 9:29.91, the 9th best time in school history
The exciting day was closed out with another back-and-forth battle, this time featuring a break-out 1600 relay anchor leg from Mohammad Movahedi (16), who had earlier qualified to the Tri-Valley Championships with a 12-foot pole vault performance. After challenging the leader with 80m to go, Movahedi held on to finish 2nd with a first-time sub 52 second split.
DFAL track: Campolindo's Brighie Leach sweeps distance races
But her road to those wins was longer than some might know. Late in the 2014 cross country season, she was diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction, which causes asthma-like symptoms. After lots of tests and appointments with specialists, she is again posting times that are opening eyes statewide.
On Friday at Campolindo, she opened with an outstanding time of 4 minutes, 53.51 seconds in the 1,600 meters. Entering this weekend, that time would rank eighth in the state according to DyeStatCal.com
Less than an hour later, she won the 800 in 2:15.64. Less than 45 minutes after that race, she took first in the 3200 (10:50.29). It was Leach's third straight league titles in both the 1600 and 3200.
"She's as fit as she's ever been in her career," Campolindo coach Chuck Woolridge said. "She really appreciates the opportunity she has now, with all the obstacles she's had to overcome."
Behind Leach's three victories, Campolindo won the championship team title with a score of 112.333. The Cougars also won the overall DFAL team title.
Dougherty Valley's boys team clinched the first team title in program history by winning the championship meet with a score of 101. It also won the overall league title.
Dublin's Mecca McGlaston, the defending CIF state champion in the 100 intermediate hurdles, won her third straight DFAL title in the race with a season-best time of 13.82. She said she didn't compete for five weeks in the season due to strained hamstrings in both legs, and her first race back was at the Sacramento Meet of Champions on May 2.
Alhambra's Raleigh Adams swept the boys hurdles. He first won the 110 high hurdles in 14.86.
"I felt good," he said. "I got flat over a couple of (hurdles), but I'm looking to improve."
Adams then won the 300 intermediate hurdles by more than 1.5 seconds with an impressive time of 39.40.
Miramonte sophomore Arden Creson was also a double individual-event winner Friday. She won the girls 200 in a personal-record 25.81 and the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5 3/4 inches. It was Creson's second straight league title in the long jump.
Other athletes who successfully defended their individual league titles included Las Lomas' Lincoln Kiragu in the boys 100 (11.22), Las Lomas' Anaya Alexander in the girls 400 (56.68), Dougherty Valley's Michelle Thompson in the girls 300 low hurdles (45.54) and on Wednesday, Dublin's Tatiana Bouri in the girls triple jump (34-4).
The Dougherty Valley boys team was led on Friday by individual wins by sophomore Neil Braganza in the 1600 (4:26.72) and freshman Ethan Song in the 200 (a personal-record 22.78 running in lane 8). Dougherty Valley's 400 relay team of Sam Tarasow, Song, Anthony Saikali and Kaleb McTear won in 44.04, and Dhroovaa Khannan won the long jump with a leap of 20-9 1/2. On Wednesday, Harrison Kwong won the boys triple jump with a mark of 44-0 3/4.
Campolindo's Kelley Wirth won the girls high jump with an impressive mark of 5-6 on Friday.
VARSITY GIRLS RESULTS
400 Relay Marla Wong-Julie Hyatt-Sarah Cella-Juliet Arnswald=52.61, 1600 Brighie Leach 4:53.51, Toni Finnane 4:59.14, Mary Orders 5:02.35, Hana Sun 5:08.10, 100 Hurdles Mariah Brown 17.87, 400 Julie Hyatt 60.07, 100 Lauren Williams 12.93, 800 Brighie Leach 2:15.64, Sarah Cella 2:18.72, 300 Hurdles Juliet Arnswald 48.06, Mariah Brown 49.26, Julie Hyatt FS, 3200 Brighie Leach 10:50.29, Toni Finnane 10:56.77, Mary Orders 11:09.44, Hannah Ruane 11:13.26, Hana Sun 11:16.29, Rachel Johnson 11:31.59, Emma Ishida 12:13.49, Robin Powell 12:29.23, Sarah Shipway 12:48.72, Sophia Settle 13:13.89, 1600 Relay Julie Hyatt 62.7-Sarah Cella 62.3-Juliet Arnswald 62.3-Kristy Chiang 65.1=4:12.50, LJ Lauren Williams 14-6.75, Kristy Chiang 14-1.75, HJ Kelley Wirth 5-6, Juliet Arnswald 4-10, Kate Ryles 4-6, DT Maddy Daum 102-10, Mackenzie Brown 67-11
Campolindo 112.33, Miramonte 102.33, Acalanes 83, Dublin 79, Las Lomas 58, Dougherty Valley 49.33, Alhambra 12
VARSITY BOYS RESULTS
400 Relay Parker Lothamer-Jonathan Hughes-Gabe Vince-Mohammad Movahedi=DQ, 1600 Jonathan Semenza 4:43.07, 400 Jonathan Hughes 49.69, 800 Niki Moore 1:58.54, Parker Lothamer 1:59.76, 200 Jonathan Hughes 22.84, 3200 Jared Yabu 9:29.91, Kevin Buckley 9:38.27, Nathaniel Sauerberg 9:50.60, Miguel Baliwag 10:15.58, Sam Lee 10:25.00, Matt McAuliffe 10:25.02, Sean Pappa 10:26.22, Jonathan Semenza DNF, 1600 Relay Parker Lothamer 51.5-Jonathan Hughes 51.2-Niki Moore 50.9-Mohammad Movahedi 51.4=3:25.03, LJ Gabe Vince 16-9, Trent Capurro 13-11.75, PV Mohammad Movahedi 12-0, Evan Amsden 11-0, Yuri Kim 10, SP Jack Shurtz 41-8.5, Grant Chen 37-1.5, Julian Haresco 33-2, John Wong 30-3
Dougherty Valley 101, Dublin 89, Campolindo 84, Miramonte 74, Acalanes 61, Las Lomas 47, Alhambra 37