June 7, 2011 > Track and field recap
Track and field recap
By Sida Lu
On Saturday, May 28, the top track and field athletes of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) and the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) met at UC Berkeley to compete in the NCS Meet of Champions Finals. Both leagues were well represented at the meet with HAAL's Castro Valley High taking second place overall in the men's varsity division with 30 points and MVAL's James Logan High taking third in women's varsity with 25 points.
Also notable were the Newark Memorial, Castro Valley, San Leandro and Bishop O'Dowd women's varsity teams and the San Leandro, Bishop O'Dowd, Hayward and Newark Memorial men's varsity teams.
Castro Valley's men's varsity 4x400 relay team of Ben Davis, Sulay Diomande, Anthony Martore and Alex Foster edged the St. Mary's College team by 24 milliseconds to take first place in the relay. A different Ben, Ben Eversole, shined in the long distance races, taking sixth in the 1,600 meter and second in the 3,200 meter. On the other side of the spectrum, talented sophomore Myles Speegle ran a 10.97 in the 100 meters and took home third place.
San Leandro did not send as many representatives as Castro Valley, but their cream of the crop decimated the competition. In men's varsity, Andre McBride ran a scorching 10.82 to take first in the 100 meter and then continued to dominate in the 200 meter with a 22.11-good for third place. Rounding out men's varsity for San Leandro was Christian Carter, who ran a 49.51 in the 400 meter to take fourth. San Leandro's women's varsity also dominated, with Nijae Jones taking third in the 800 with a 2:14.71 and the 4x400 relay team of Akelani Turner, Camille Watson, Nijae Jones and Nicholette Brown took second with a 3:54.01.
On the MVAL side of things, James Logan women's varsity dominated in the field events, taking home first place in both high jump and long jump. Ciarra Brewer was responsible for both of those firsts, jumping 5-07.00 in the high jump and 19-07.25 in the long jump. Atiya Harvey ran a 12.21 in the 100 to secure a spot at the state finals as well.
Newark Memorial was no slouch either, entering three events in women's varsity and finishing top five in all three with Taylor Hollis taking second in the 400, Taylor Craft taking fourth in the 100m Hurdles (33") and the 4x100 relay team of Taylor Craft, Breanna Alexander, Gena Benedict and Catherine Scott-Hodges taking fourth.