De La Salle High track and field star Marquis Morris didn't let Saturday's less-than-ideal conditions bother him at the Sacramento Meet of Champions' invitational session.
Whether it was delays at the start of the 110 high hurdles race, or the stifling winds that affected many events, Morris took the challenges in stride and took a pair of firsts in an unusual double -- the 110 high hurdles and the 100.
"You take all the physical stuff and you go from there," Morris said. "No matter the conditions, you run the same."
Morris first won the 110 hurdles in 14.56 seconds against a 4.2 meters per second headwind. Then, less than 25 minutes later, he took first in the 100 in 11.35 against a 4.7 mps headwind.
"The 100 for me is a training race," said Morris, who is the defending CIF state champion in the 110 hurdles. "I'm just trying to focus on being lengthy, my stride length. ... my arms."
Castro Valley's Nate Moore also won two boys individual events. After his second long jump attempt of 23 feet, 61/4 inches into a 2.1 mps headwind held up for first place, Moore won the triple jump with a jump of 49-41/2.
It was a long day for Moore, the defending state champion in both the long jump and triple jump.
In the early afternoon, Moore had the fastest time in the open session 100 meters in 11.03, and he also ran for Castro Valley in the 400 relay before his meet ended after the triple jump near 8 p.m.
"It was good. I had a couple races, and in the long jump we had an horrific head wind, and I put out a good mark in the triple," he said.
Dublin sophomore Mecca McGlaston set a personal record to win the girls 100 hurdles in 13.99. Las Lomas' Anaya Alexander also ran an outstanding time of 55.76 to win the girls 400.
Other East Bay high school event winners in the invitational session at American River College included Skyline's Destiny Smith-Barnett, who won the girls 100 in 11.96 into a 3.3 mps headwind, San Leandro's Gabriella Cantrell in the girls 200 (25.05 into a 4.1 headwind), Granada's Kirsten Mork in the girls high jump (5-4), Matt Thomas of Acalanes in the boys discus (166-10) and the Hercules boys 1600 relay team of Kai Seale, Jerrick Bernstine, Jalen Doss and Antwuin Prowes (3:17.80).
CIF Federated Council
Sites for several state championships were solidified at Friday's California Interscholastic Federation Federated Council meeting in Los Angeles.
Cal's Haas Pavilion will be the site for the 2015 state basketball championships, with the state title games returning to Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento in 2016.
The new state swimming and diving championships will be held at Clovis West Aquatic Complex in Fresno from 2015-2017. The state track and field championships will continue to be held at Buchanan High School in Clovis from 2015-2017.
The CIF also approved regional badminton championships and Division VI basketball and girls volleyball championships for the future.
The Council also voted to limit all high school sports teams to no more than 18 hours of practice in a week and no more than four hours in a single day.