DFAL Varsity Championship TRIALS
Campolindo High School
Moraga CA
Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Pfaff, Shurtz Earn Individual Crowns, Girls Struggle to Keep Pace with Rivals

Justin Pfaff (16) and Jack Shurtz (15) topped their respective fields at Wednesday's DFAL Championship field event finals. Pfaff equalled his season best, clearing 6-2 in the high jump, while Shurtz flung the discus 5 feet farther than his closest opponent. Both athletes will move on to the NCS Tri-Valley Championship meet at Amador Valley High School on Saturday, May 23.

Wednesday was not as kind to the varsity girls, who struggled to earn points in the field and advance key athletes to finals in the sprints and hurdles. Undefeated in the regular season, the squad will look to make up ground on Miramonte, Dublin and Acalanes to keep their team title hopes alive.

New personal bests were recorded by Avery McCaffery (16) in pole vault and Kate Ryles (15) in triple jump.

Advancers to Friday's running event finals include a hoard of distance runners. Toni Finnane (15), Mary Orders (15), Brighie Leach (15), and Hana Sun (16) earned spots in the 1600m. Leach returned to the track a 2nd time to take a spot in the 800m with fellow qualifier Sarah Cella (16).

Julie Hyatt (17) did her part by advancing in the 400m while Juliet Arnswald (17) showed determination in winning her 300 hurdle heat in a career best 48.02. The mark moves the sophomore to 9th on the school record board.

Emma Ishida (16) made a big move up the PR list with a 5:33.84 clocking in the 1600m. She came back later to set a new career best in the 800m as well. Marla Wong (17) also improved in 2 events: The 100m and 300 Hurdles.

On the boys' side, Matt McAuliffe (16) took advantage of his late entry into the 1600m by breaking the 5 minute mark for the first time.

Jonathan Hughes (16), with both wrists still in casts, rocketed to the top qualifying times in both the 400m and 200m. His 22.96 time for the half lap is now 10th All-Time, knocking his older brother to 11th by 4 one hundredths of a second.

Perhaps the most impressive improvement of the day came from Kekoa Nelson (16), who crushed his previous 800m record by 7 seconds!


1600 Toni Finnane 5:16.57, Mary Orders 5:18.70, Hana Sun 5:20.80, Brighie Leach 5:20.82, Emma Ishida 5:33.84, Robin Powell 5:49.40, Sarah Shipway 5:53.86, Sophia Settle 6:02.93, 100 Hurdles Mariah Brown 17.95, Julia Sabey 19.08, Kate Ryles 19.12, 400 Julie Hyatt 60.91, Kristy Chiang 65.97, Tia Dewey 71.63, 100 Lauren Williams 13.04, Marla Wong 13.71, 800 Sarah Cella 2:25.44, Brighie Leach 2:25.56, Emma Ishida 2:35.67, Robin Powell 2:41.80, Sarah Shipwa 2:45.38, Sophia Settle 2:49.39, Natasha McCullough 2:56.11, 300 Hurdles Juliet Arnswald 48.03, Mariah Brown 49.77, Julie Hyatt 49.96, Marla Wong 51.30, Julia Sabey 55.88, 200 Lauren Williams 27.19, TJ Kate Ryles 31-5, Lauren Williams 30-4.75, PV Miranda Protzen 9-6, Avery McCaffery 8-6, SP Maddy Daum 26-2, Mackenzie Brown 23-2.5


1600 Jonathan Semenza 4:40.43, Miguel Baliwag 4:50.41, Sam Lee 4:53.98, Matt McAuliffe 4:55.26, Sean Pappa 4:58.17, 110 Hurdles Yuri Kim 19.93, Thomas Heutmaker 21.45, 400 Jonathan Hughes 50.68, 100 Mohammad Movahedi 11.75, Evan Amsden 12.09, Gabe Vince 12.12, 800 Niki Moore 2:04.30, Parker Lothamer 2:06.23, Kekoa Nelson 2:10.71, Sean Pappa 2:15.56, Sam Lee 2:17.95, 300 Hurdles Thomas Heutmaker 49.55, Yuri Kim 49.64, 200 Jonathan Hughes 22.96, TJ Gabe Vince 33-6.75, Trent Capurro 32-4.5, HJ Justin Pfaff 6-2, DT Jack Shurtz 151-10, Grant Chen 111-6, John Wong 101-4, Julian Haresco 94-0