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June 1, 2010 > Spring sports update

Spring sports update

By Gary van den Heuvel

Track and Field
James Logan High School's girls track and field team continued to stay on a roll, following their team victory in last week's North Coast Section Bay Shore Area Championships with a win at the NCS Meet of Champions, held at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium on May 28-29. The Colts finished with 75 points. Deer Valley came in second place with 62.

Logan's Ciarra Brewer advanced to next week's California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships in Clovis with her win in the triple jump with a mark of 41-4.5 feet, her personal best and a new state record. Logan's other individual winners were Thandi Stewart, Tessa Runels and Erinn Jones. Stewart won the 300 low hurdles in 42.73 seconds, and she nearly pulled off an impressive double, finishing second (and qualifying for the state meet) in the 400 to Deer Valley's Chizoba Okodogbe, though Stewart did set a personal best with her time of 54.12 seconds. Runels won the long jump with a leap of 18-7, and also qualified for the state meet in the triple jump, finishing third. Jones won the shot put with a mark of 43-8.

Other Logan representatives at the state meet include Victoria Johnson (second in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 14.46), Atiya Harvey (third place in the 100 meters), and the 4 x 100 relay team of Stewart, Johnson, Harvey and Dominique Corley.

Logan isn't the only local school to send qualifiers to the state event; Hayward High School's Patrice Sapiga won the discus with a heave of 130-1. Newark Memorial's Taylor Hollis will compete in the 400 meter race with her fourth place finish in Berkeley. Washington High School's Sabrina Swayzer took second place in the high jump (5-4 feet). Newark Memorial's 4 x 400 meter relay team of Hollis, Breanna Alexander, Paiton Brewer and Taylor Craft qualified with their fourth-place finish.

The boys team from James Logan finished in sixth place, with 22 points. De La Salle won the team competition with 44 points. Logan's hopes were dimmed with the loss of the state's top hurdler, Monte Corley, who was injured in a midweek practice when he tripped over a hurdle, straining his hamstring. In Corley's stead, Mission San Jose High School's Ikem Okwudiafor stepped up and won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.28 seconds.

Though Okwudiafor was the only local winner, the Mission Valley Athletic League will be represented in Clovis by Logan's Toni Pole (third in the discus throw), Victor Johnson (second place in the triple jump) and Khalid Jones (second place in the 400); and Jonte Grant of Moreau Catholic will compete in the triple jump, after finishing fourth at the MOC.

Badminton
NCS boys singles champion Dominick Lim of American High School was, not surprisingly, named All-MVAL. Mission San Jose's Theresa Liu, who led the Warriors to a team title at the NCS Championships, also made the team, along with her teammates Lili Xu, Crystal Ching, William Cheung, the doubles teams of Jessie Chang/Ho Yan Chung, Raymond Chen/Binjih Lin, Bryan Tsang/Vincent Yang, Benson Chien/Derrrick Long, and the mixed doubles teams of Jesse Wu/Danae Long and Lisa Chang/Thomas Lee.

Logan High School had four selections, with Khalil Omar in boys singles, Jeska Long in girls singles, the girls doubles team of Sin Mel Ma/Helin Tran, and the mixed team of Joseph Bui/Tiffany Chang. Irvington High School was represented by Gus Liu (boys singles) and Shirley Fok/Nancy Liu (girls doubles).

Golf
Moreau Catholic High School's ace in the hole, Carlos Briones, extended his season with a trip to the CIF state championships (at Santa Maria Country Club on June 8) by shooting a three-under par 69 at the CIF/NCGA Norcal Championships, held at Diablo Grande Legends West Course, in Patterson. Briones finished tied for sixth place, and is the only East Bay golfer to go to the state event as an individual.

Justin Link, from Christian Brothers High School, had the lowest score of the day with a seven-under 65. Foothill High School won the team title with a two-over par score of 362.

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