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June 3, 2009 > Boyd lights out at NCS Championships

Boyd lights out at NCS Championships

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Moreau Catholic senior Alitta Boyd is known more as a jumper in her high school track and field career. However, after the Saturday, May 30, North Coast Section (NCS) Track and Field Meet of Champions at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Boyd showed that she can also run with the best, even when not at her best.

"It's my senior year," said Boyd. "I'm trying to do as much as I can."

Still getting over sickness she had all week, and being sent to the emergency room early Tuesday morning, Boyd placed first in the girls triple jump with a jump of 41 feet, and won the girl's long jump with a jumped of 19-7 1/2.

Winning the jump events was expected by Boyd. It was the running events that might've shocked some.

"I'm not really a sprinter," Boyd said. "I'm more of a jumper that sprints. I think it's funny to be up there with some of the top sprinters."

Boyd placed fourth in both the girl's 100- and the 200-meter dashes, which qualify her for both events at the State Championships next weekend in Clovis.

Boyd went up against two of the state's top sprinters in St. Elizabeth junior Ashton Purvis and Pinole Valley sophomore Strangenae Campbell.

Purvis won the 200-meter dash, and set the new record of 23.60 seconds, just .02 better than the previous record. She also won the 100-meter dash on with a time of 11.48.

Other notables included: Newark Memorial seniors Josh Akre and Greig O'Connor, placing second and third respectively in the boys shot put. Akre threw 53 feet, 5 inches while O'Connor threw 51 feet, and 7 1/2 inches; James Logan's Lady Colts placed in three events. Senior Donnise Powell won the girls 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.39. She also placed third in the girls 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.96. The 4x100-meter relay team took fourth place and sophomore Ciarra Brewer took fourth in the girls high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches; Tennyson senior Alex Roache placed third in the boys 400 at 49.35; and American senior Rachel Mitchell took second in the girls 3,200, clocking 10:51.15.

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