By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune
With the leadership of first-year distance coach Katherine Hern, a 2014 Boston Marathon participant, the Bulldogs competed at their first invitational this past Saturday, March 26 at Chabot College.
Dublin, Berkeley, and Bishop O’Dowd, among other teams, were also present at the meet. Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each event.
Marissa D’Atri, Erica Cardinale and Nicole Tria raced in the Varsity Girls 1600 meters, mainly against Oakland Tech competitors.
D’Atri led for the first two laps, but was surpassed by Johanna Ross of Oakland Tech High School, who finished first with a strong time of 5:13. D’Atri, however, still captured a medal by finishing second with a time of 5:25.
Tria, a freshman and first-time track runner, impressed with a fourth-place finish just outside of a medal, but a respectable time of 5 minutes and 40 seconds. Teammate Erica Cardinale also cracked the six-minute mark, coming in with a time of 5:55.
Bulldog Senior Kyle Fitzpatrick brought his A-game to the Oakland Relays, most notably in the Discus throw. He launched the platter to a lifetime record of 132 feet, 5 inches to take first place, one of only two Alhambra wins of the day.
Fitzpatrick’s previous record was 120 feet, 3 inches. In the Shot put, he took seventh with a solid throw of 37-00.75.
The duo of James Cretan and Jackson Norried battled it out for first in the Varsity High Jump. They each cleared 5 feet, 10 inches, but it was Cretan who had the fewest missed attempts, which resulted in Cretan in first place and Norried in second.
Vikram Rajan of Dublin took third, also with a leap of 5-10.
Other notable performances included Jenna Coffman in the 100-meter sprint (13.83 seconds) and triple jump (30 feet), Michael Milano (36-01.5 Triple Jump), Robert Viano (10:57 3200 meters), Dylan Gregory (5:02 1600 meters), and Anna Palmer (20.00 100 meter Hurdles).
Next on the Alhambra Bulldog meet list is a league Dual against Dublin at Las Lomas in Walnut Creek, which will take place Wednesday, March 30, after Tribune deadline.