May 21 – Tri Valley Championship

The girls represented Acalanes very well this past weekend.  They finished 4th, the only non-division one school in the top six.  To qualify for the Meet of Champions, an athlete or relay team had to finish in the top 7, or meet an at-large qualifying time set prior to the meet.  The following individuals qualified for the MOC at UC Berkeley next Friday and Saturday.

Windy Margerum – 3rd in 100 hurdles, 2nd in LJ, 3rd in TJ with a PR 34-4
Muppy Gragg – 4th in 400 with a PR 59.09, 5th 300 hurdles PR 46.30, 6th in HJ PR 5′, 6th in LJ
Julia Lyons – 2nd 100, 1st in LJ, 7th in 200
Devin Grobeck – 6th in the 100 hurdles
Imani Boggan – 8th in the 800 but qualified as an at large time
4 x 400- Girls finished 7th (Imani Boggan, Annie Klopstock, Marianna Florine and Mikaela Troung) Next week’s qualifiers will be Boggan, M. Gragg, Klopstock, Florine, Michon)
Ethan Westemeier – 5th in the TJ
Jack Brydon – 7th in the shot, and 5th in the disc with a season PR 143-4

Due to the fact that the MOC is such a difficult meet for our athletes to compete in and the fact that only three qualifiers make it to state, we generally scratch athletes in events to lighten the load. This week we are scratching Julia in the 200, Muppy in the HJ, and Wendy in the 300 hurdles.

Individual PR’s by individuals not qualifying for the MOC:
Ed Groszewski 100 Hurdles, Boys 4 x 100 (Keaziah Smith, Mitchell Smith, Jesse Iniquez-Stralla, Gavin Isbell), Annie Klopstock 300 Hurdles, Mitchell Smith 300 hurdles, boys 4 x 400 (Jesse Iniquiz-Stralla), Gavin Isbell, Alex Kelly, Mitchell Smith), and Sabina Patel in the shot.

United Team

This year NCS started what is United Sports.  It is a track event that pairs one general ed athlete (has to be a member of the track team) with a special ed student from the same school.  These two individuals compete as a unit, their results in based on their combined result in an event.  This year they competed in the 100 and LJ.  This is an officially sanctioned by NCS and is part of the League Championship, Tri-Valley and MOC in Berkeley meets.  Teams have to qualify the same way all other athletes qualify.  They must qualify by place in the previous meet to make the meet the following week.  This year from Acalanes one unit qualified for this year’s MOC, Anna Davis and Aimee Gee (510),  I cannot tell you the reception this has received from the fans and athletes alike. It is part of the future of NCS track and field.

A side note, I want to honor Anna for the work she has done with Aimee, Aimee could not have asked for a better partner.

John Crain
Head Track and Field Coach