CASTRO VALLEY -- It wasn't surprising that it only took national-leaders Sasha Wallace and Nate Moore of Castro Valley High one attempt to take control of their triple jump finals at the West Alameda County Conference track and field championship trials Thursday at Castro Valley.
Wallace, who has the best girls high school mark in the nation with a wind-legal 42 feet, 4 inches at press time according to DyeStat.com, jumped before the board on her first and only attempt and sailed 38-5 1/2 (wind-aided) for the victory. All field events in Thursday's meet were finals.
"I was just trying to go to next week clear and try to save my body for the future qualifying meets," said Wallace about using only one attempt in the triple jump. She also competed in the 200-meter trials and won her heat with a time of 26.47 seconds. Wallace leads the nation in the 100 hurdles at press time according to DyeStat.com and will compete in the final in that event Saturday. There were no trials in the hurdles races.
Moore, who has the best wind-legal jump in the nation (49-10) at press time according to DyeStat.com, used a short six-step approach to fly 43-4 on his first attempt and 45-0 on his final attempt in his victory. Both marks were wind-legal.
"I wanted him to get a safe jump and just move on," said Castro Valley coach Dooney Jones about Moore's short approach. In the 2012 Hayward Area Athletic League championships, Moore fouled on all three of his triple jump attempts.
On the track, Moore also advanced in the 100 meters with a time of 11.52.
Bishop O'Dowd's Eugene Hamilton III, who leads the state in the boys 800 meters at press time according to PrepCalTrack.com, advanced easily in both that event (2 minutes, 2.99 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:50.00). He won heats in both events.
Hamilton has been focusing on his training, and he had not raced since the Arcadia Invitational in early April.
Three San Leandro athletes who have times ranked in the top eight in the state at press time according to PrepCalTrack.com, advanced to Saturday's finals. Gabriella Cantrell, who ranks third in the state in the girls 100 and 200, had the top preliminary times in those events of 12.31 (wind-legal) in the 100 and 25.33 (wind-aided) in the 200. Christian Carter, who ranks third in the boys 400, had the top preliminary time in that event (49.70). Nijae Jones, who ranks eighth in the state in the girls 800, also had the top preliminary time in that event (2:15.76).