CLOVIS -- Holy Names High's Sasha Wallace didn't fully comprehend what she had accomplished at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships Saturday until she did an interview minutes after capturing the 100-meter hurdles title.
"When he said I was the national leader, I said, 'Oh my goodness,' " the junior said.
Wallace had just dominated the 100 hurdles field to win in 13.33 seconds, which was announced as the fastest wind-legal time in the nation this season. It also ranks sixth all-time in California high school history.
But she was only half-done.
Wallace then went to one of the jumping pits and proceeded to dominate the girls triple jump. Her winning leap was from her fifth jump (a wind-legal 41 feet, 53/4 inches), but she took the lead on her first jump (a wind-legal 40-11) and wasn't close to trailing again. Rachel Tolliver of St. Mary's Academy finished second with a leap of 40-1.
"I'm just really excited," said a beaming Wallace after her events were done. "I'm just so happy that I got state titles in two of my events."
She entered the meet as the national leader in the triple jump, but the 100 hurdles race appeared that it would be challenging. But Wallace got a great start, was first to the first hurdle and was the clear leader by halfway through the race.
"I tried to get out as fast as I could, and pretty much the momentum of getting out of the blocks would get
She then moved to the triple jump pit and, after her first mark, wasn't challenged. The worst mark in her series (40-11) would have won the competition by 10 inches.
"I wish I would have went farther, but all in all, I got the state title," Wallace said.
Three other East Bay girls took sixth place in events and medaled in the warm and breezy conditions.
San Leandro's Nijae Jones put herself in contention for the 800 title in the first 200 meters, and was third at the 400 mark. She held that position until the final straightaway, where she was caught and finished sixth with her third personal record in three straight 800 races, 2:10.39.
"I'm really happy that I hung on," said the junior. "It was just the ending that got me."
Berkeley's Jasmin Guinn fought through the pain of ankle and knee injuries to place sixth in the girls long jump (18-91/4 wind-aided). She suffered the ankle injury on her last attempt of the preliminaries Friday.
"I'm just happy I placed, made it through the day," she said. "My knee and my ankle were hurting the whole time, but I guess my competitiveness carried me through."
Guinn entered the finals at Buchanan High in Clovis as the No. 9 qualifier.
San Leandro's Kortni Smyers-Jones set a personal-record time of 14.07 to finish sixth in the 100 hurdles. Entering the state meet, her best time was 14.52.
"I feel so good. It was my first year in hurdles at the state meet, and I medaled," said the junior.