Track and field notebook

Reaching the medal stand: Freedom’s Kenneth Walker III, San Ramon Valley’s boys 1,600-meter relay team and Holy Names’ Sasha Wallace all placed at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships on Saturday with sixth-place finishes.
Walker III, a sophomore, capped his impressive season with a wind-aided time of 14.26 seconds in the boys 110-meter high hurdles final at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
“It was all right, but my start was bad and somebody hit me (at the start and over the first hurdle),” said Walker about the race.
Walker III was second in his heat in Friday’s preliminaries (a wind-aided 14.12) and also placed second at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in the event.
The San Ramon Valley boys 1,600 relay squad of Dan Davis, Kevin Griffith, Ian Padilla Jong and Garrett Storms placed sixth in 3:16.88, the highest state finish for an SRV track relay team in school history. The four athletes all had splits between 48.8 and 49.4, with Padilla Jong leading the way (48.8).
Wallace, a freshman, had her best triple jump of the state finals on her second attempt, a wind-legal 39-3 1/2.
In addition, California sophomore Noel Frazier was fifth in the boys high jump with a leap of 6-7. He also soared 6-7 in the preliminaries to reach the finals.
In team scoring, the James Logan girls were tied for third with 21 points and St. Elizabeth, with all its points generated by Ashton Purvis, was tied for fifth in the girls team scoring (20).

Phil Jensen