PLEASANTON -- De La Salle High's Blair Hurlock went into Saturday's East Bay Athletic League track and field championships at Amador Valley looking to put up a big time in the boys 1,600 meters.
No problem there, as Hurlock set a meet record in the event with a time of four minutes, 10.44 seconds to easily claim the race.
Not only that, the time may force a change of plans when it comes time for the California Interscholastic Federation championships in three weeks.
Hurlock was planning on possibly dropping the 1,600 because he felt he had a better chance of winning the 3,200.
"The preference right now is probably to run the (3,200) at state," Hurlock said. "If I can get down to 4:08, I would probably consider it. Our team has a pretty good chance of winning state so whatever helps the team."
Hurlock also won the 3,200 on Saturday in 9:13.71 -- still a pretty good time late on a warm, humid afternoon.
"I'm in the best shape of my life right now," Hurlock said. "Coming off of my strong cross country season, I wanted to have a similar track season. I think I'm definitely on par with what I wanted to do. I wanted to run 8:50 for the (3,200) and 4:08 for the (1,600). Hopefully by state I can drop down."
Hurlock was one of several stars at the EBAL meet, although his Spartans came up just short of the team title when Amador Valley took the 1,600 relay to break a tie heading into the final event.
The Dons took the lead at the first exchange, when Chris Bayley handed off to JaMaun Charles cleanly, and they never looked back. Ledre McCollogh and Connor McKinney finished off the race in a time of 3:20.57. De La Salle was third in 3:28.54.
The girls championship also came down to the final race, with San Ramon Valley holding a six-point edge over California entering the 1,600 relay. The Wolves finished fifth in the race, in front of the Grizzlies, to clinch the trophy.
Brooke Starn did the same for Monte Vista, winning the girls 1,600 in a meet record time of 4:53.15 and coming back to take the 3,200 in 11:04.33.