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June 10, 2009 > East Bay Area athletes strong at CIF meet

East Bay Area athletes strong at CIF meet

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Fast future Olympic track runners and jumpers faced off at the 91st CIF State Track and field meet at Buchanan High in Clovis on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7. The meet annually produces athletes who set personal and national records. Many North Coast Section athletes in the Mission Valley and Hayward Area athletic leagues came home with titles and All-State performances.

The MVAL and NCS Champions Lady Colts of James Logan had solid performances. The Colts national long jump leader Ciarra Brewer demonstrated why she is tops in the land. The sensational sophomore leaped to an incredible 42 feet, 11.5 inches on her second jump. She would foul on her next few attempts. But the jump was able to secure the state title and beat fellow East Bay budding phenomenon, Allita Boyd (42 feet, 4.25 inches) who is ranked third in the nation.

The victory was the 20th state title by a James Logan athlete at the state championships.

"Brewer has a great opportunity to make the U.S.A. World Youth Team," said Lee Webb, James Logan track and field coach.

Brewer, the triple jump school record holder was not alone in her efforts for the Colts. Senior Lauren Mc Glary placed fifth in the triple jump at 40 feet, 5 inches. Iowa State-bound Donnise Powell was seventh in a competitive national class hurdles race at 43.43. Janelle Prothro came threw with a throw of 133 feet, 6 inches to place seventh in her discus throw attempt.

Arneux Brewer paced the boys team with a seventh-place jump at 47' 1.75" in his triple-jump event.

"It is hard to place at the state meet," said Webb. "A lot of our key athletes had injuries. But we did as well as we could with what we had."

Other MVAL athletes that made their mark at the meet in the Central Valley were All-NCS distance runner Rachel Mitchell of American High in Fremont. The Sac State recruit was able to hold her own over the hustle and tussle of the eight-lap, 3,200 meters, and break 11 minutes in the race, with a 13th place finish at 10:44.48.

The HAAL was not without its heroes and heartbreak. Bishop O' Dowd's top male athlete hurdler/jumper Chad Jones did not place in his national ranked 110 hurdles and triple jump but was able hit an eighth-place mark in the long jump at 22' 5.25".

Jones' female distance runner teammates Lia Rivers Brit and Damajera Dubose made their presence felt. Rivers Brit finished seventh in the 800 at 2:11.66; and Dubose placed 12th in the 1,600 at 4:59.23. Both were slightly of their personal bests but they did end their careers as one of the best distance runners in school history.

Allita Boyd of Moreau Catholic was arguably the best jumper in the East Bay at the state championships. She ended up with a second place in the long and triple jumps. The All-State performances are great way to end for the University of California-bound, nationally-ranked jumper.

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