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Frosh / Soph Dogs lead with multiple first place finishes

Alhambra’s Jenna Coffman (right) takes off the starting blocks in the frosh/soph girls 100-meter dash on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Coffman won with a time of 13.48 seconds. Coffman won three events on the day, including the triple jump and 4x100 relay. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Jenna Coffman (right) takes off the starting blocks in the frosh/soph girls 100-meter dash on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Coffman won with a time of 13.48 seconds. Coffman won three events on the day, including the triple jump and 4×100 relay. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

With all due to respect for Alhambra’s upperclassmen athletes, the Frosh/Soph athletes put on a show in the first Diablo Foothill Athletic League dual, and showed why the future is truly bright at Alhambra.

The girls in particular had a banner day against Miramonte and Las Lomas.

The underclassmen Bulldog girls had ten first place finishes amongst them. Jenna Coffman and Anna Palmer led the lines by being a part of three first place finishes. The two of the were apart of the 4×100 team along with Emily West and Claire Stone that toke first with a time of 56.22.

Coffman on her own won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.48 (fellow Bulldog Sienna Strickland came in third with a time of 14.48), and the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet 9 inches.

Palmer’s solo victories came in both hurdle events. In the 100-meter hurdles she and the rest of the Alhambra girls swept the field.

Palmer came in first with a time of 20.47, but she was closely followed in second by Strickland, who finished in 20.72 seconds.

Tianna McClenahan posted a time of 20.89 for third place.

Palmer also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 56.45.

McClenahan posted a respectable time of 1:01.89.

Kiera Rios won both the high jump, clearing 4 feet 6 inches, and shot put with a throw of 26 feet. Teammate Phoebe Tang came in second with a throw just under 26 feet. Tang won the discus with a throw of 73 feet 6 inches.

Nicole Tria finished first in two events, the 800 and 1600 meters, posting times of 2:38 and 5:38 respectively. Teammate Julia Quantamatteo put together times of 2:50.91 and 6:14 as the second Alhambra finisher in each event.

The the Frosh/Soph boys had solid wins in long jump, triple jump and runner up efforts by Trevor Rezentes in discus, with a throw of 86 feet 10 inches, and in high jump.

Varsity boys Paul Bromley and Kyle Fitzpatrick both brought home a pair of victories. Fitzpatrick won the discus with a throw of 120 feet 3 inches, and took home first in shot put with a throw of 37 feet 8 inches. Aiden La Honta came in second in shop put with a throw of 35 feet 9 inches, and third in discus with a throw of 106 feet 9 inches.

Bromley won in long jump with a mark of 19 feet, and continued to roll along with a solid mark in triple jump of 38 feet 4 1/2 inches. Bromley also came in second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.83.

Both Jackson Norried and James Cretan cleared 5 feet 6 inches in high jump, with Norried taking up the number one spot.

For the varsity girls, only Marissa D’Atri’s fourth place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:28.76 was noteworthy.

The sophomore also finished fifth in the 1600 meters.

The Bulldogs will next send qualifying athletes to the Oakland Invitational at Chabot College in Hayward on March 26.

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