Castro Valley High track and field star Nate Moore decided not to take warm-up jumps before the boys triple jump event Saturday at the Stanford invitational. But Moore looked ready from his first attempt.
Moore took the lead for good on his first jump, a wind-legal 49 feet, 7 inches, and ended up with a winning mark of 50-4¿1/2, which was also wind-legal. It is the longest jump in the nation this high school season, according to dyestat.com.
Regarding his decision to not take warm-up jumps, Moore said he had just returned from the 400 meter relay trials and was just trying to rest.
"I feel really good, I need to add four more steps to my approach," Moore said. "Right now I'm doing a short approach."
On Friday, Moore won the boys long jump with a wind-legal leap of 24-5. Entering this weekend, no California high school athlete had a jump that long this season, according to PrepCalTrack.com.
Another East Bay athlete who set an apparent state-leading mark Saturday was Heritage's Frank Kurtz, who captured the high school competition's 400 meters in 47.58 seconds. The fastest boys high school time in the state entering this weekend was 47.67, according to PrepCalTrack.com. Kurtz has signed with Stanford.
The St. Mary's High girls 3,200 relay team of Carly Schulz, Spencer Moore, Zoie Campbell and Chloe Jenkins clocked a winning time of 9:22.56. It was announced as the fastest time in the state this season for the event. The same foursome also won the 1600 relay in 3:53.26.
The East Bay Athletic League ruled the high school high jump competitions. Granada's Jeremy Williams won the boys high jump on attempts with a clearance of 6-8 on his first attempt. Foothill's Rachel Reichenbach, a Stanford commit, won the girls high jump with a leap of 5-6.
East Bay athletes also won titles in hurdles and sprint event finals. Dublin sophomore Mecca McGlaston set a personal record in the girls 100 hurdles with a wind-legal time of 14.03. St. Mary's senior Ja'Vion Robinson followed suit with a personal best in the boys 110 high hurdles of 14.48 (wind-legal). Skyline's Destiny Smith-Barnett won the girls 100 in 11.84 (wind-legal) and Amador Valley's Ja'Maun Charles was victorious in the boys 100 (10.85 wind-legal).
On Friday, Monte Vista's Brooke Starn had the fastest time in the girls 3000 (9:59.09). De La Salle also had the fastest time in the boys distance medley (10:21.02).