CASTRO VALLEY -- It looks like girls high school jumpers in the state will have to contend with Sasha Wallace in another event.
In only her second long jump competition ever, the Castro Valley High star won the West Alameda County Conference championship title Saturday with a leap of 19 feet, 2ï»¿3/4 inches (wind-legal). Entering this weekend, only four high school girls in the state had better wind-legal marks this season, according to PrepCalTrack.com.
"I didn't really know what would be a good mark for the long jump. I just want to do better each time," said Wallace, who improved by more than a foot from her first competition. She also won the 100-meter hurdles (14.41 seconds wind-legal) and finished second in the 200 (25.40 wind-legal) -- in addition to a triple jump victory Thursday -- as the Castro Valley girls won the championship meet team title with 96 points. Wallace is the defending California Interscholastic Federation state champion in the girls triple jump and 100 hurdles.
The San Leandro girls 400 relay team of Camille Watson, Kortni Smyers-Jones, Nijae Jones and Gabriella Cantrell opened the track events Saturday with a blistering time of 47.05 in the 400 relay. Only five girls high school squads in the state had run faster entering this weekend.
Cantrell also won the 100 (12.33 wind-legal) and 200 (24.54 wind-legal). Jones won the 800 (2:14.70) and anchored San Leandro's 1,600 relay team to victory with an impressive 55-second split. Cantrell added a 57-second split in the leadoff leg for that relay squad, which finished in 3:59.77..
San Leandro's Christian Carter took first in the boys 400 (48.46) and 200 (22.48 wind-legal), and also anchored San Leandro's victorious 1,600 boys relay team (3:25.95). Bishop O'Dowd, which won the boys championship meet team title with 108 points, was paced by double individual victories by Eugene Hamilton III in the 1,600 (4:32.41) and 800 (1:58.49) and Kevin King in the 110 high hurdles (15.67 wind-legal) and 300 intermediate hurdles (41.55).
Hamilton waited until late in both races to make a big move. He moved into the lead approximately 20 meters before the final lap of the 1,600. In the 800, his big kick occurred with approximately 150 meters to go.
"I felt like I was prepared," said the Arizona-bound Hamilton. "I really enjoy both races."
In the 110 high hurdles, King defeated Berkeley's James Traylor, who had the No. 4 wind-legal mark in the state in the event entering this weekend (14.21). Traylor was second Saturday in 15.75.
After fouling on his first two long jump attempts, Castro Valley's Nate Moore faced a stressful situation. If he fouled on his third attempt, he would be eliminated from the event for the postseason.
But Moore, who entered the weekend with the No. 5 wind-legal mark in the state (23-7 1/4) in the boys long jump, jumped at the beginning of the board and flew 23-3/4 (wind-legal) on his third attempt to take the lead. Moore, who won the triple jump on Thursday, passed his final three long jump attempts and won the competition with that mark.
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