Holy Names High junior Sasha Wallace and California’s Noel Frazier won state titles Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.
Wallace, who has been the national leader in the girls triple jump, won that event in a wind-legal 41 feet, 5 3/4 inches. She also won the 100-meter high hurdles in 13.33 seconds, which was announced as the nation’s leading time this season. It ranks sixth in California high school girls history.
Frazier won the boys high jump by clearing 6-feet, 10 1/4-inches. He was one of three competitors to clear the height, but won because he cleared that height on his first jump. It’s his third career state medal after he took second last year and fifth in 2010.
The shocker of the day was Kennedy-Richmond’s Kenneth Walker III. The heavy favorite in the boys 110-meter high hurdles stumbled on the seventh hurdle and finished eighth after leading for the entire race until that point.
In total, there were 11 placers among East Bay boys. James Logan’s Jeffrey Prothro Jr. (fourth) and Karsten Wethington (sixth) did so in the triple jump and Willie Latin placed sixth in the 400. St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Nick Ratto took third in the 800. De La Salle’s Marquis Morris took third in the 110 hurdles. Bishop O’Dowd’s Nate Moore (fourth) and Deer Valley’s Shawn Simms (sixth) earned medals in the long jump. Andre McBride was the lone boys double medalist, placing second in the 100 and sixth in the 200. Kennedy-Richmond’s 400 relay team of Tom Jacobs, Walker, Lovell Stewart and Takkarist McKinley took fifth.
Four girls earned medals. In addition to Wallace’s two, Berkeley’s Jasmine Guinn took sixth in the long jump, San Leandro’s Kortni Smyers-Jones took sixth in the 100 hurdles and Nijae Jones took sixth in the 800.