Acalanes Boys overwhelmed Campolindo 13-7
The Lady Dons led at the half 7-6, but ultimately fell to Campolindo 11-12
This was a meet when the performance of one captivated the crowd, a surprising turn around, receiving a “little help from our friends,” and small challenges that were met.
Johnny Choi jumped into a tie for second all time with a PR in the high jump at 6′ 6″. But just saying that does not tell the whole story. Johnny was the only athlete left in entire meet when he was reaching higher heights. At that point every individual still at the meet including athletes, parents, and coaches from Miramonte (this was a class act by Miramonte,) stopped and watched….and cheered Johnny and what he was doing, because it was that special. This was a rare moment in a meet, and something that will be remembered by all. By the way, Johnny is only 5’8 or 5’9.
Before every meet I sit down and speck the meet. By that I mean that I take Acalanes’ best performances and compare them to the competition’s best performances. Based on how they compare, I score the meet. This allows me a chance to make changes and possibly change the outcome. In the girls meet, we had a four point advantage and a chance to win the meet. In the boys were were down 13 points, and needed 7 additional points (in track it takes 69 points to win a meet. If there is a 13 point advantage, when one team gets seven additional points, the other team losses 7 points because there are only 136 possible points available) and I did not see where the boys were going to find those points.
In the girls competition, we changed our 4 x 100 to hopefully pick up 5 points, we needed a third in girls 800 for one additional point, and we needed points in the PV, Shot and Disc. I wanted to increase the margin between us and Miramonte because a four point advantage is actually one second place away from turning the results around. What I specked out was a 70-66 advantage, what actually happened was a 76-60 victory for the girls, and it turns out we needed all those points. How did we get them? Lena Johnson getting 3rd in 800, Mari Florine getting 2nd in PV, Anna Weier getting 2nd in shot, Anna Weier and Karen Rosenburg getting getting 2nd and 3rd in discus, Maren Quinella (jumping for the first time) and Beth Hamalian getting 3rd and 2nd in TJ (in this a event I expected only a third place.) and Nicole Frigon finishing 2nd in 3200.
In the boys what I had specked out was a 74-61 victory for Miramonte. What happen is a 75-58 victory for Acalanes. This was the best performance for the boys this year, Where did they make up the difference? Everywhere. Keaziah Smith, Chris Rogers and Johnny Choi sweeping the long jump; Johnny Choi and Julian Lucas 1st and 3rd in the TJ; Vance Parry getting 2nd in the 200 and 3rd in the 100; Kevin Mlynek running with a fever and getting 2nd in the 300H; Pierce Florine getting 3rd in the PV; Irvin Choa 2nd in the 400; Rayce Walton 2nd in the 800, and the list goes on.
But both the boys and girls received a “little help from our friends:” Miramonte. In the 4 x 100, both Miramonte boys and girls teams were disqualified for passing the baton out of zone. In the 4 x 400, Miramonte did not run either a boys or girls team. I’m not sure if it made a difference in the meet with the exception of Miramonte’s girls 4 x 100, who would have won the race without the DQ. If Miramonte girls had won the 4 x 100 it would have been 71-65 result.
In Unified Sports, this was the first meet that Acalanes actually competed against an opponent. It was the first meet that we got electronic timing on our athletes. They have been added to team roster, and every time their name is in the results, it is recorded just like any other athlete on the track team. The Unified athletes next compete at Charlie Eaton/Bob Warren on the 27th and again in the league championship finals May 12. From that point they have to qualify to the next meet.
Attached below are some pictures from the meet and yesterday’s full results. This meet included 39 PR’s or SPR’s
handily defeated Ygnacio Valley HS 14-1 in their DAL opener.
dropped a close DAL opener to Clayton Valley HS 2-1. The JV team was also defeated.
Thursday’s meet was about what could have been and what is, and what this means.
The boys lost the meet to Clayton Valley 77-52, and Clayton Valley is one of the best or the best boys team in the section. Acalanes, who has been battling injuries and college visits, was down 16 possible points before the meet started. If we had those points, we could have won the meet. But what does this really mean? It means that the Acalanes boys team is positioning themselves to make a statement in the post season as one of the premier track and field programs in NCS, when we are again 100% strong.
The girls continue to show that they are one of the top programs in NCS. They defeated Clayton Valley 87-49 and they continue to grow as a program. This group is young and talented and continue to seek improvements in their team and individual performances.
We had 37 personal records yesterday and I will detail the highlights, but to see the complete list of athlete PR’s see the attached below.
Keaziah Smith burns a hole in the track by running a PR 11.12 in the 100, and runs the third fastest 100 in school history. There were 7 PR’s in the 100 overall. Muppy ∫ becomes the third Acalanes female athlete to jump over 18′ (18’1.5) in the last three years. Why this is significant? We have only had 3 athletes jump over 18′ prior to 2015 in school history. Alex Haase running in only her second varsity meet, runs a PR 14.38 and scores her first varsity point. The distance group is showing promise for the future with freshmen Dominic Basaldua (2 PR’s), Nicole Figone, Taylor Hill, Lena Johnson, Binti Sohn continuing to get better with each meet. What is impressive about this group is that they are racing, and not just running laps at pace. The boys varsity long jumpers had five PR’s with Chris Rogers jumping 20′ 10.25. Joshua Starr returning from a long illness, is showing weekly improvement and runs 2:23.45 in 800. The girls throwing events step up in the shot / discus where Maddy Kalil, Karen Rosenburg and Ann Thiselton-Dyer sweep both events. Mari Florine, not pole vaulting in a year, steps up and clears 9′ for second.
Unified Sports are members of the track team. When we go into the championship season, they will be scored just like any event we run, and they can contribute to our success as a team.
In Wednesday’s action …
The Acalanes swim team lost a close one to Cal High. Some stand out first place finishes for the Dons were Amanda Todhunter in JV 200 yard free; Stella Sowarby in V. 200 & 500 free; Will Nagle in V. 200 free; Patrick Feigin in JV 100 IM; Jacob Parker in V. 200 IM; Jake Stone in V 50 yard free; Thomas Judson in JV 50 yard free & 100 back; Chloe Goddard in JV 100 back; Sophia Bicomong in JV 100 breast: Shelby Suppinger in V. 100 breast & 200 IM.
Notably, JV men did a clean sweep in the individual 50 yard butterfly by Dean Goodson, Nic Rossi, Patrick Feigin & Reid Fellner, and V. women swept the individual 100 yard free by Jewel Roemer, Claire Maxwell, Lauren Etnyre, & Zoe Benisek.
Killing it in the relays were 1st place finishes by women’s V. 200 medley, 400 and 200 free relay and men’s V. 200 free relay.
Next meet on Friday April 20 against the Mats!
In Friday’s action …
defeated Las Lomas HS 16-3 to raise their DAL record to 3-1.
overwhelmed College Park HS 15-1 raising their DAL record to 6-1 and their overall record to 12-3. The JV team experienced the same overwhelming success.
defeated Liberty HS and Las Lomas HS and was defeated by De La Salle HS and Heritage HS in the San Ramon Valley Invitational.
shutout Piedmont HS 13-0.
In Saturday’s action…
hosts College Park HS in a double header at 11:00 and 1:30.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood opens Mar 1 and runs through Saturday night. Hurry, Saturday tickets are almost sold out.
Note: Jan 30 photos now posted. Feb 2 photos will post by noon, Feb 3.