Stanford Invitational athletes to keep an eye on


There should be a number of outstanding performances by East Bay high school athletes on Friday and Saturday at Stanford. Some athletes could be competing in their first major outdoor meet of the season. It will be interesting to see how defending California Interscholastic Federation state champ Ashton Purvis (St. Elizabeth) does in the girls 100-meter dash. The same goes for Adrienne Johnson of Carondelet in the girls high jump and Maurice Valentine Jr. (Castro Valley) in the boys high jump. They both finished fourth at the state meet last year in those events. Moreau Catholic’s Alitta Boyd in the girls triple jump and long jump is also an athlete to watch, as is De La Salle’s Chase Wheeler in the boys long jump.

In the track events, the boys 100 is loaded with talent. Granada sophomore George Atkinson III has the seventh-ranked time in the state (10.86 seconds) according to the most recent CalHiSports.com State Boys Leaders list. Wheeler is ranked No. 8 in the state (10.87) and teammate Ken Egu is No. 10 (10.88).

In the boys one-mile run, watch for Arroyo’s Danny Thomas. He has the third-fastest 1,600 meter time in the state (4:18.39). Noah Blue of Skyline is also an athlete to watch in the boys 110 high hurdles, as he has one of the fastest times in the state in any conditions (14.75). In the boys 400 relay, De La Salle (fifth, 42.3) and Skyline (seventh, 42.42) are both state-ranked.

Besides Purvis in the girls 100, other East Bay girls track athletes to watch include California’s Colleen Lillig in the one-mile run, Castro Valley’s Kelsey Santisteban in the 3,000, and Skyline’s Cheron Amey in the 400 hurdles.

Phil Jensen