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Oakland Invitational Relays recap

Two sprinters from the opposite sides of the state put on quite a show at Saturday’s Oakland Invitational Relays at Cal’s Edwards Stadium.

Montairra Hart of Skyline High showed why she will be a threat in not only the Oakland Section Championships, but quite possibly the California Interscholastic Federation state championships as well as she ran a personal best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.87 seconds to win. She also was part of  the Titans girls 400 relay squad that took first at 49.15, just edging Pinole Valley (50.61). Hart was named the Most Outstanding Female Runner of the meet.
“The personal best is something I’ve been striving for a while,” Hart said. “I felt really good out there and a bit surprised how well I ran.”
Serra of Gardena made the six-hour trip, and it was well worth it as the Southern California power won three of the four boys relay events it participated in. The anchor in the three wins was speedster Robert Woods, who is headed to USC on a football scholarship. Woods helped Serra win the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays. He also won the 200 with a time of 21.34.
“This was our first time coming to this (invitational) and I knew the caliber of athletes that were going to be here and I had to run really well,” Woods said, who was named the Most Outstanding Male Runner. “The conditions were pretty good and I felt good throughout all my events.”
In one of the most anticipated events of the afternoon, a pair of teammates went neck-and-neck in the boys 100. Carl Horsley and Darquis Rucker of Skyline were pretty even most of the race before Horsley got one last push to win the event with a time of 10.94. Rucker was second at 11.01 followed by Shamawn Wright (11.21) of Antioch.
In the girls 100, Pinole Valley’s Strangenae Campbell (12.2) nudged by Kristen Robinson (12.5) of Skyline and Alhambra’s Divine Adesida (12.8) was third.
Santa Rosa’s Reesey Byers put on a clinic in the boys 1,600 as he dominated from the start to finish at 4:17.1, well ahead of second-place finisher Dan Maxwell (4:35.01) of St. Mary’s. Byers had an astonishing split time of 1:01 at the 400-meter mark. It was announced that finishing time was the 10th-fastest in the state this year for the event. “Overall I didn’t run too bad,” Byers said. “I just started out too fast and fell off my pace a little in the last 600 meters or so.”
Mister Marshall-Cotton (De La Salle) was the boys 110-meter hurdles champion after posting a time of 14.98 seconds. Kaitlyn Spees of Bishop O’Dowd claimed the girls 3,200 crown with a time of 11:48.85.
Trevor Davis of Alhambra was a two-event winner on the day, taking both the boys long jump (21 feet, 4 3/4 inches) and the triple jump (44-8 1/2)
St. Mary’s was awarded as the top team of the Invitational with the most total points for boys and girls combined. There was no official team scoring.
“After the Stanford Invitational last week, we could’ve very easily have a bit of a letdown coming in,” St. Mary’s co-coach Jeff Rogers said. “I was very happy how well we performed as a team.”

Tony Gonsalez

  • Jeff D.

    Do you guys have much interest in track? San Ramon Valley’s boys AND girls track teams are undefeated in EBAL meets, and SRV has boys relay teams that are among the top in the Nation, in the 4×400, 4×800, and 4x1600m.

    Where’s the love?