Alameda Track Athletes Run at Prestigious Track Invitational

Marty Beene    Ramir Smith and Lauren Lum.

Two Alameda High student-athletes and an Encinal High student-athlete were invited to compete at the prestigious Stanford Invitational on Saturday, March 31.

Alameda senior Ramir Smith finished in fourth place in the men’s 100-meter race with a time of 10.96. It was Smith’s personal record in the 100-meter race. He finished three-tenths behind the winner Dorien Simon (10.65) who attends Lakes High of Lakewood, Wash. In the preliminary round, Smith won his heat with his previous personal record of 10.99. That mark turned out to be the sixth fastest of the preliminaries, which qualified him for the final later the same day. His time also tied him for third place on the Hornets’ all-time records list. In the final, the senior improved both on his placement and his time. He now stands alone as the second-fastest Hornet ever for the 100-meter event and just 0.06 seconds away from the school record. Twenty-five runners competed in the preliminary round with just nine qualifying for the final.

Alameda junior Lauren Lum competed in the women’s 1,600-meter event at the Stanford meet. She finished with a time of 5:07.09, the sixth-fastest time ever for a Hornet woman. Lum finished in 17th place out of 29 competitors. She finished about 20 seconds behind the winner McKenna Brown (4:47.61) who attends La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad. Lum’s time was her season record in the 1,600-meter race, but was not her personal record. That came last year at the North Coast Section (NCS) championships when she was just a sophomore. That day she completed the race with a time of 5:04.78.  

Encinal High junior Shelby Nelson competed in the women’s 3,200-meter race at the invitational. She finished in 10th place out of 20 competitors with a time of 11:12.02. Claudia Lane of Malibu dashed passed the competition to win the race with a time of 10:24.72. The next closest competitor finished 16 seconds behind Lane. Nelson’s personal best time in the race also came at last year’s NCS final with a time of 11:11.92.