BERKELEY -- Karsten Wethington was glad that he stuck around Sunday at the Golden West Invitational at Cal's Edwards Stadium.
His final event, the boys triple jump, didn't end up starting until all of the track events were finished. But the wait was worth it for Wethington, the James Logan High star competing for Mission Valley Track and Field Club. He improved on four of his final five attempts to win his second event of the meet with a mark of 14.47 meters (47 feet, 5 3/4 inches) wind-legal.
"I feel like all my hard work shouldn't be wasted," said Wethington, who took all of his six attempts in the cold, overcast weather. "I was really trying to go for it."
The Golden West Invitational was held at Edwards Stadium for the first time after 47 years in Sacramento County. Since it is not a high school meet, most of the athletes competed either unattached or represented their club teams.
Wethington took the lead in the boys triple jump competition on his first attempt with a mark of 13.79 meters (which would have won the competition), then improved to 13.80, 13.86 and 14.21. His best mark came on his final attempt.
Earlier in the boys long jump, Wethington won with a mark of 6.97 (22-10 1/2) wind-aided. "I felt a little disappointed by my performance. I feel like I can do a lot better," said Wethington about the long jump.
Sasha Wallace, the Castro Valley High star competing for East Oakland Youth Development Center Track Club, won the girls 100-meter hurdles in a wind-legal 13.70 seconds in her only individual event of the meet. EOYDC teammate Kortni Smyers-Jones was second (14.00).
Wallace also teamed with Smyers-Jones, Gabriella Cantrell and Alanna Epps to take third in the girls 400 relay (46.73).
"I wanted to do something with my Development team," said Wallace, who also said it was the first time that she has competed in the 400 relay since "probably my freshman year." She ran the first leg, followed by Cantrell, Smyers-Jones and Epps.
Marquis Morris, the De La Salle star who was competing for the Tri-Valley Flyers, competed in the boys 300 intermediate hurdles. He led the state in the event before a disqualification at the North Coast Section Tri-Valley Area Championships on May 18 due to a trail leg violation ended his high school season in the event.
On Sunday, Morris was second at approximately 150 meters and kept that place to finish in 38.46.
"My second hurdle, my rhythm was way off," he said. "I've just got to get my rhythm back."
A number of athletes who competed for East Bay high schools this spring season finished in the top three Sunday.
Christina Chenault (Carondelet) placed second in the girls triple jump (38-0 3/4). Ariel Cheng (Mission San Jose) was the runner-up in the girls pole vault (11-7 3/4) and David Chukwu (American) was second in the boys high jump (6-3 1/2). Third-place finishes were achieved by Cantrell in the girls 200 (24.33 wind-legal from the first heat), EOYDC teammate Nijae Jones (San Leandro) in the girls 400 (57.49), Spencer Moore (St. Mary's) in the girls mile (5:05.93) and Jake Pacheco (Piedmont) in the boys long jump (21-10 3/4 wind-legal).
Perhaps the best high school mark of the day was turned in by Tatum Taylor of the Seattle Speed, who won the boys 100 in 10.36 (wind-legal).