CASTRO VALLEY -- On his second attempt in the boys triple jump at the NCS Bay Shore Area Championships, Castro Valley's Nate Moore joined some elite company.
Moore sailed 50 feet, 1/2 inch (wind-aided), a mark that won the competition. Only six other triple jumpers in NCS history have jumped 50 feet or farther under any conditions, according to the NCS all-time list on cifncs.org.
Entering this weekend, only two triple jumpers in the nation this season had jumped farther under any conditions, according to DyeStat.com.
"Everything felt great on that jump. Now I just need to keep that going and stay consistent," said the junior. James Logan's Jeffrey Prothro Jr. finished second with a personal record of 49-8 3/4 (wind-aided). Only two triple jumpers in the state had better marks under any conditions entering this weekend.
Moore also won the long jump (22-8 wind-aided), as host Castro Valley won the boys team title with 56 points. Newark Memorial won the girls team title with 74 points.
Castro Valley's Sasha Wallace had the top mark in three girls events: the long jump (19-2¿ 1/2 wind-aided), the 100 hurdles (13.92 seconds wind-legal) and the triple jump (41-7 wind-legal).
Wallace was able to conserve her energy in the jumps, as she took only two long jump attempts (her other mark was 18-8 1/4 wind-legal) and one attempt in the triple jump.
"It was a fast meet," Wallace said. "All you want to do is to get yourself in a safe position for next week."
The top seven marks in each event automatically qualified for the NCS Meet of Champions on May 24-25 at Cal's Edwards Stadium.
Wallace also won a 100 hurdles race that had three of the top seven athletes in the state in the event entering this weekend, according to PrepCalTrack.com. State-leader Wallace held off a charge by San Leandro's Kortni Smyers-Jones (second, 14.34) and Newark Memorial's Taylor Craft was third (14.44). Smyers-Jones and Craft had times that ranked fourth and seventh in the state respectively entering this weekend.
Kennedy-Richmond's Takkarist McKinley and San Leandro's Gabriella Cantrell had the fastest times in their sprint races.
McKinley topped the boys 100 (10.92 wind-legal) and 200 (22.03 wind-legal) with strong charges in both. In the 100, he trailed slightly in the first 50 before exploding to the win. In the 200, he remained strong in the final 50 meters to hold off challengers.
"As long as I'm close to (my opponents) out of the blocks, I'm all right," said McKinley after the 100.
Cantrell was also powerful in her victories. She got a good start in the girls 100 on her way to posting a time of 12.03 (wind-legal). She also won her 200 heat in 24.38 (wind-legal).
"Very windy," said Cantrell about the conditions in her 100 heat, in which there was a strong headwind. "I couldn't really see. I was just running."
Bishop O'Dowd's Eugene Hamilton III produced the fastest times in the boys 1,600 (4:20.01) and 800 (1:54.40). In both races, he used a superior kick in the final straightaway to win his heat.
Hamilton said that it is "likely" that he will drop the 1,600 for the NCS Meet of Champions. "I will decide sometime in the next week," he said. Entering this weekend, Hamilton led the state in the 800 (1:50.19).
Mission San Jose's Ariel Cheng set a meet record in the girls pole vault (12-2). That mark leads the section by six inches, according to PrepCalTrack.com.
It was the second straight meet that the senior set a personal record. She vaulted 12-1 at the Mission Valley Athletic League championships on May 10.
The Castro Valley boys 400 relay team of Cameron Edwards, Myles Speegle, Aaron Jones and Matt Speegle also set a meet record with a time of 41.38 seconds.
Newark Memorial's Mianni Brown set a personal record in the 400 with the fastest time in the section this season (55.58) according to PrepCalTrack.com. She won the race from lane eight. Only seven girls in the state had a faster time in the event entering this weekend.
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