Students Amaze in Track
Several Alameda high school athletes had great performances at the North Coast Section (NCS) Meet of Champions last weekend at UC Berkeley.
Encinal junior Kendall O’Farrell, placed second in the women’s high jump competition at the NCS Bayshore meet Saturday, May 20, to advance to the NCS Meet of Champions. O’Ferrell amassed a height of 5’ 2”. It was one inch below her personal record of 5’ 3”. Sophomore Katie Hurst of Fortuna won the competition with a height of 5’ 5”. O’Farrell qualified to compete in the high jump at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championship.
Encinal senior Akil Francisco finished tied for third place in the men’s high jump competition at the Meet of Champions. The future football player at University of Hawaii amassed a height of 6’ 02”, tied with seven other athletes. Francisco’s height was not good enough to advance to the CIF state meet. Francisco finished second in the high jump at the NCS Bayshore meet, where he jumped 6’ 4”.
Encinal sophomore Shelby Nelson finished 11th in the women’s 3,200-meter finals (11:11.92) and 15th in the 1,600-meter final (5:11.14).
Alameda junior Ramir Smith finished fifth in the men’s 200-meter finals with a time of 22.21.
Alameda senior Lara Vetter finished seventh in the 800-meter final with a time of 2:18.21.
Sophomore Lauren Lum finished 10th in the 1,600-meter final (5:04.88) and 13th in the 3,200-meter final (11:15.24).
St. Joseph Notre Dame’s dynamic duo long-distance runners ruled the both the men’s and women’s 3,200-meter meets. Senior Cooper Teare won the men’s competition with a 9:01.48. Senior Kiera Marshall won the women’s competition with a time of 10:34.83. Both advanced to the CIF state meet this weekend.
The state meet will take place at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School in Clovis on June 2 and 3.