NCS Meet of Champions
Viking Stadium, Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill CA
Friday, May 17, 2019
Satruday, May 18, 2019


Buckley Clings to Final 3200 CIF Spot; Girls' Claim MOC 2nd-Place Team Banner

While sprint star Maddy Doane (19) predictably punched her ticket to the California track & field state championships in the 400m and 200m to help her team earn runner-up honors at Saturday's NCS Meet of Champions finals, Edward Buckley (19) refused to be left behind.

In wet conditions at Diablo Valley College's Viking Stadium, the senior distance specialist rolled through the 1st half of the 8-lap race tucked into a pack of 7. The group hit the 1600m mark in a brisk 4:41 before defending champion Liam Anderson of Redwood began to apply pressure from the front.

Over the next 2 laps several contenders fell off the pace. Buckley however, stubbornly clung to the heels of De La Salle's state meet veteran, Connor Livingston. At the bell, Buckley challenged Livingston for the 2nd position as Dublin's Christopher Middleton-Pearson continued to fade in 4th.

Though Middleton-Pearson closed down the gap over the final lap, Livingston and Buckley would not be caught. Buckley muscled his way through the final straight throwing several concerned glances over his shoulder. The University of Kansas bound senior crossed the line in 9:08.77, the 4th-fastest mark in school history, to claim the 3rd and final qualifying spot to the state meet.

Buckley's epic effort was followed by a return to form for the girls' 1600 relay squad. With a clutch anchor-leg from freshman sensation Sara Tabibian (22) the team snatched 2nd place behind section leading St. Mary's College High School.

Tabibian received the baton from Emily Hatch (22), who had moved into the 3rd position, just behind Foothill High School. Tabibian held her ground against the lanky Foothill anchor, and more importantly, held off a hard-charging Taylor Weidinger of Las Lomas.

Weidinger had blown past Tabibian in the preliminary round just 24 hours prior to give the Knights a 2nd-consecutive win over the Cougars. In the MOC final however, Tabibian simply would not allow it to happen again. With 150m to go, she found herself sandwiched between her rivals and bearing down on the leader.

The field remained a clustered chaos through the homestretch. Then, with what seemed just a few strides remaining, Tabibian accelerated into 2nd place. The final time of 3:58.51 is just shy of the squad's top mark on the season and propels them to a 1st-ever state meet appearance for Campolindo in the event.

Other Meet of Champions highlights included Tabibian's improvement in the 300 hurdles. Her finals time of 46.32 is now 3rd on the all-time list.

Alicia Hober (20) and Paloma Hancock (20) finished 5th and 6th, respectively, in the 1600m race, earning 3 points toward the team score. Hober's mark of 5:08.94 is a new personal best.

At Friday's trials Cayden Hein (20) finished ahead of his ranking in the 1600m, breaking the tape in 4:22.74.



400 Relay Emily Hatch-Maddy Doane-Terryal Bell-Sara Tabibian=DQ, 1600 Alicia Hober 5:08.94, Paloma Hancock 5:11.68, 400 Maddy Doane 56.97, 300 Hurdles Sara Tabibian 56.97, 200 Maddy Doane 24.97, 3200 Relay Ellie Guthrie 2:35.9-Emma Smith 2:32.7-Sydney Roberts 2:35.3-Olivia de Paschalis 2:37.7=10:20.99, 1600 Relay Terryal Bell 61.4-Maddy Doane 56.8-Kyrsten Wilson 62.1-Sara Tabibian 60.9=4:01.28


1600 Cayden Hein 4:22.74, 3200 Relay Sam Smith 2:11.3-Owen Lekki 2:08.4-Dylan Cronin 2:09.0-Mason Fara 2:14.1=8:42.68



1600 Alicia Hober 5:10.94, Paloma Hancock 5:11.13, 400 Maddy Doane 55.66, 300 Hurdles Sara Tabibian 46.32, 200 Maddy Doane 24.84, 1600 Relay Terryal Bell 62.6-Maddy Doane 56.7-Emily Hatch 60.4-Sara Tabibian 58.2=3:58.51


1600 Cayden Hein 4:24.85, 3200 Edward Buckley 9:08.77, DT Lucas Moore 132-1


Check out complete meet results HERE!