Bishop O'Dowd High's Eugene Hamilton III produced a riveting win Saturday in the boys 1,600 meter final at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions.
It turns out that it will be his last high school race.
Hamilton III is withdrawing from this weekend's California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships due to an injury, said his mother Regina Hamilton on Wednesday.
Regina said that Eugene had a discussion with his doctor and his parents on Tuesday. His final decision was made Wednesday morning, she said.
"It was his decision alone. He said he couldn't trust his body and didn't want to risk injury," Regina said.
Regina said that Eugene suffered a calf strain in his left leg in Saturday's race.
"We could see when he pulled up from (a) video, when he had about 200 meters in the race he slowed down. It was sheer will that got him over the finish line," Regina said.
This injury followed a hip flexor injury that occurred after the Arcadia Invitational in early April, Regina said. He has not trained since that initial injury, she said.
"The only running he has been doing has been on race days," Regina said about Eugene, who has signed with Arizona. "It hurts when he walks (after Saturday's injury)."
Regina said that Eugene's doctor said that Eugene's strain was all the way to the bone. "He said you are risking an Achilles tendon injury," Regina said. "(Eugene's) not going to do something that is going to prevent him from running on (the collegiate) level."
Eugene won the NCS Meet of Champions 1,600 title with an impressive kick over the final 150 meters. His winning margin was only .01 over Sir Francis Drake's Clayton Hutchins (4 minutes, 13.49 seconds to 4:13.50). Eugene had the fastest time in the boys mile at the Stanford Invitational (4:12.74) this season and has the fastest time in the state in the 800 meters (1:50.19) this season according to PrepCalTrack.com. He dropped the 800 before the NCS Meet of Champions.