May 12 – Track DAL Finals

I have been to many league championship meets, and this has to rank with the best. Granted we had a tail wind, and the times show that, but we had state leaders in the 100, 110 hurdles, and 4 x 400. We had section leaders in the VG 300 hurdles, and VG LJ. For a league that is considered a step sister to the other leagues in regards to track, we put on a show yesterday.

Acalanes Girls finished second to a very strong Miramonte team. Miramonte should have beaten us in our dual meet, but they came yesterday and ran and jumped better than any other a team and earned the League Meet Championship. Acalanes remains the Dual Meet Champion.

Injuries have plagued the varsity boys and yesterday was no exception. Several athletes had to pull out of events because doing that last event, even with a slight injury, may have prevented them from next week’s competition.  Yet we still were able to put in great individual performances: Keaziah Smith jumping his way onto the leader board with 22-4; the 4 x 100 running the second fastest time of the season with 43.66, and only the second time this season under 44 sec. Welcome back Jesse Stralla.

Muppy Gragg
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The girls varsity, while finishing second to Miramonte, still finished 41 points ahead of the third place finisher.  Muppy Gragg in four events had two firsts, a second and a third. She jumped 18’1/2 in LJ, ran 44.90 in 300 hurdles (.02 off school record) and ran a season best in the 400 57.38; Mila Mathias and Maren Quinella running sub 17 in 100 hurdles finishing 2nd and 3rd;  Charlie Keohane running 61.50 for almost a 2 sec PR in the 400.

Those were just the highlights. We had 23 PR’s or Season PR’s overall. In the boys beside Keaziah (who also PRed in the 100); we had Chris Armanino and Vance Parry in the 100, Johnny Choi in the Long Jump; Kevin Mlynek in the 400; Ethan Frigon in the 800.

Kevin Mlynek
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In the girls we had PR’s from Anna Weier in the 100 hurdles and discus (where she finished 2nd), Maddy Kalil and Bea Weier in shot; Mari Florine and Scarlette McCullough in the 200 (Scarlette also finished 3rd in PV); Nicole Frigon in the 800; Emily Sverak in the 400 and 300 hurdles.

Maddie Kalil
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This was the first official meet that the Unified Athletes competed as part of the track team.  If they qualify they will also move on to the Tri-Valley Championship next week.

I have not included the final list of qualifiers in this email. DAL and EBAL get six automatic entries to the Tri-Valley Championships, the BVAL gets 4.  The next best eight times from any league also will get in. Later today I will know who or what league those qualifiers will come from.  That means we may have additional qualifiers.

John Crain
Instructional Assistant
Head Track and Field Coach