Castro Valley’s Sasha Wallace signs with Oregon

Castro Valley High girls track and field star Sasha Wallace took a very analytical approach to choosing a university.
“I went through all the pros and cons of all the schools, and it pretty much came down to Oregon,” said Wallace, who won two state individual track and field titles last June. She transferred to Castro Valley from Holy Names over the summer.
Wallace signed with the Ducks this morning at a ceremony at Castro Valley High.
“It was pretty much just me wanting to be part of a rich program,” said Wallace about her decision. “It’s TrackTown. It’s the best of the best as far as resources.”
Wallace took visits to Oregon, Kansas State, Kentucky, Arizona and Central Florida before choosing the Ducks.
“I’m going to be close to home and my family can be accessible to me,” she said.
She also had a valuable resource in the recruiting process in her father Joaquin, who has been the head women’s basketball coach at San Francisco State for eight seasons.
At the 2012 California Interscholastic Federation state championships in June, Wallace won the girls triple jump by nearly 17 inches with a mark of 41 feet, 5 3/4 inches. She also was first in the 100-meter hurdles with the fastest wind-legal time in the nation (13.33 seconds) last season.
She was also the national leader during the 2012 high school season in the triple jump with a mark of 42-4 3/4 (wind-legal). Her best marks in both the 100 hurdles and triple jump were among the 10 best in California high school history for the events.
Wallace was named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Female Athlete of the Year in June.

Phil Jensen