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.
Joshua Calbert, a graduate of Fremont High of Oakland, has signed a letter-of-intent for Division II powerhouse Central Missouri’s Track and Field team. Calbert, who picked Central Missouri over Louisiana Tech, New Mexico and Texas-El Paso, is the first track athlete to be recruited from the west coast to the Warrensburg, Missouri college.
Right now, the only worthy update is a weather one. It’s wet. It’s raining. It doesn’t look good. There are areas of the track that appear to have standing waters, including in the running lanes and the field runways have some standing water. Here’s the most recent update from the CIF, via its Twitter account.
At this time there is no change of schedule for Day 2 of the CIF State Track & Field Championships presented by Farmers
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With the boys high jump scheduled to begin right now, they are still trying to clear water in the area with a leaf blower.
Cal’s Noel Frazier takes second in the high jump at 6-9. St. Mary’s Trinity Wilson just beat state leader Melia Cox of Long Beach Poly to win the 100 girls hurdles in 13.41.
Phil Jensen and I have arrived at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High in Clovis. We’ll try to provide some updates here as we can. Feel free to add in your own updates in the comments. Hit refresh throughout the day for updates.
Heritage’s Alex Horncliff finished 17th in the boys discus and was the East Bay’s top finisher in the event.
De La Salle’s Michael Barton took third in a very fast 110 hurdle heat in 14.30 and ends up with the fourth best time of the day. Kennedy-Richmond’s Kenneth Walker III also qualified with the seventh-fastest time of 14.35.
None of the East Bay boys qualified for the finals in the long jump. The NCS’s top qualifier, El Cerrito’s Trevell Wallace, did not compete. Reached by phone, he said he found out at 5 a.m. that he would have to skip the trip due to an illness to his mom. He entered with the state’s fifth best mark of 23-11. The Bishop O’Dowd freshman Nate Moore is the East Bay’s top finisher in the long jump at 21-5 3/4. He took 19th.
Clayton Valley’s Michael Stupka qualified ninth in the boys 400, edging the 10th place finisher by .01 seconds. His mark of 48.31 was a PR and school record.
Las Lomas’ Kenny Grimble became the lone boy to win his heat with his 300 hurdles time of 37.63, a PR that’s the second fastest time run today.
In the boys triple jump, three East Bay athletes qualified. Dublin’s Keremiah Crockett has the second best mark at 48-1 1/2. Bishop O’Dowd’s Trent Trammel is eight at 46-3 3/4 and Hayward’s Jonte Grant is ninth at 46-3 1/4.