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April 15, 2009 > East Bay track and feild athletes shining

East Bay track and feild athletes shining

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) is laced with talent. It's comprised of teams from Castro Valley, Bishop O'Dowd, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Tennyson, Moreau Catholic, San Lorenzo and San Leandro.

Castro Valley is led by Dash Oliver, Jordan Mackey and Nick Cole. Last year, Oliver's season ended prematurely due to a hamstring injury. This year at the prestigious Stanford Invitational in late March, Oliver darted to a 10.63 victory in the 100-meter dash. The win surpassed his previous best of 10.73, and set a state leading mark.

Bishop O' Dowd's Chad Jones also jumped to victory in the 110 hurdles with a state-leading time of 14.45 at the Stanford Invite.

This month the athletes at Castro Valley, Bishop O'Dowd and James Logan put the East Bay area on the national scene as they participated in the Arcadia Invitational on Friday, April 10, through Saturday, April 11.

The ladies of James Logan High generally dominate the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), but they also showed that they can compete with the nation's best at the annual meet in Southern California. They placed second in the 4x100 shuttle hurdles relay and third out of 40 in the sprint medley.

"I am very pleased with the way the team performed overall. I am especially happy the way our DMR team ran," said James Logan Coach Lee Webb. "They are all sophomores, and each of them ran personal records in their leg of the relay."

The school-record setting shuttle hurdles relay (1:02.820) featured Victoria Johnson and Donnise Powell. The two placed well in their respective individual events at the invite. Powell placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.95); Johnson finished second (14.73) in the 100 hurdles.

Their teammate, Ciarra Brewer, improved on her national leading mark by winning the triple jump in 42-10. Thandi Stewart placed third in the 800 (2:11.37), and propelled the Colts in the distance events.

Castro Valley and Bishop O'Dowd also established high marks at the Easter weekend invitational.

Castro Valley

Kelsey Santisteban: second place (10:57.27) in the 3,200; Maurice Valentine: fourth place (14.36) in the seeded section of the 110 hurdles; boys 4x1 mile relay (18:28.07) came in seventh; and Dash Oliver: second in the 100 meters at 10.85.

Bishop O' Dowd

Chad Jones: fourth (14.50) in the Invitational Division of the 110 hurdles; girls took fourth, (1.50.82) in the 800 sprint medley, as well as third (4:14.93) in the 1,600 sprint medley.

The next big invitational for North Coast Section athletes is the Bay Area Top 8, hosted by James Logan High on Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25.

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