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Bulldogs go big over Gaels and Knights

By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune

After the Bulldog frosh/soph girls narrowly defeated powerhouse Campolindo High School at the last track dual meet with a score of 71-63, the Dogs were hungry for another win.

Last Wednesday, March 30, Alhambra visited the Dublin Gaels and Las Lomas Knights at Las Lomas High School and exceeded all expectations.

Freshman distance runner Nicole Tria started the meet off in the right direction, as she dominated the frosh/soph girls 1600-meter run with a quick time of 5:38.7. In the same race, Julia Quontamatteo finished fourth out of 21 runners with a 6:03.

Hurdlers Anna Palmer and Tiauna McClenahan packed a one-two punch in the girls 100-meter hurdle race, finishing first and second with times of 19.86 and 20.35, respectively.

The girls 100-meter dash saw four Bulldog girls take the top four spots, with Jenna Coffman (13.70), Sienna Strickland (14.20), Emily West (14.43), and Samantha Sutton (14.93).

Devon Rowe was just edged out by Las Lomas’s Isabel Bartling for fifth.

Tria and Quontamatteo doubled for the day by competing in the girls 800 meters. Outnumbered heavily by Las Lomas and Dublin runners, the two Bulldogs ended up on top again, with Tria running a 2:39.9 for first place and Quontamatteo just seconds back at 2:43.9.

Returning in the 300-meter hurdles race, Palmer and McClenahan also completed a double sweep with first and second place finishes, each cracking the 1:00 barrier.

Coffman came through with a second win in the girls frosh/soph 200 meter run, sprinting to a quick 29.11. As if that wasn’t enough, Coffman claimed a third win in the girls triple jump, leaping over 30 feet.

Another incredible sweep took place in the girls frosh/soph long jump. Emily West surpassed her previous best of 13-05 by nearly 2 feet, claiming her first win with a 15 foot, 2 inch jump. Teammates Rowe and Sutton took second and third, each jumping over 14 feet.

Kieara Rios cleared another lifetime best of 4 feet, 8 inches in the high jump, and added yet another convincing win in the shot put, where she threw 27 feet, 3 inches. Fellow thrower Phoebe Tang flung the discus to a first place finish as well with 68 feet, and took second in the shot to Rios with a 26 foot toss.

All of the wins added up, the Bulldogs crushed the Gaels 79-36 points, and squashed the Knights 81-30. Not to be outdone, the frosh/soph boys claimed many victories and points in their scoring division.

Graham Manning was only exceeded by Dublin’s Alex Tran in the 400-meter race, 57.18 to 57.61. Manning, Danny Lockwood, and Zach Smidebush all staked out solid fifth, sixth, and seventh place finishes in the 200-meter race.

Lockwood and Michael Milano silenced all opposition in the long jump, each with performances of 17 feet. Following those wins, Milano and Mason Bituen took first and second in the triple jump.

The Bulldogs also commanded the high jump, as Jason Exline cleared 5-04 for first and Lockwood 5-02 for second. The final notable frosh/soph performances were Trevor Rezentes’ shot put throw to a lifetime personal record of 39 feet, 8 inches, and Aidan LaHonta’s discus toss of 97 feet, 3 inches, both first place finishes.

Their combined points earned a win over Dublin 63-44, but just fell short of Las Lomas 55-52.

Varsity athletes Paul Bromley, Kyle Fitzpatrick, James Cretan and Jackson Norried each had noteworthy performances, but did not have enough teammates to propel them to any team wins. In the 100-meter dash, Bromley sprinted to second overall with a quick 11.66, and raced to a 24.15 in the 200 meter dash for third.

Norried won his main event by clearing 5-10 in the high jump, with Cretan finishing third.

Finally, Fitzpatrick had a duo of solid triumphs in the shot put and discus throws. Fitzpatrick hurled the shot 40 feet and 2 inches to win by just 1 inch over Dublin’s Josh Mengell. In the discus, he had an easier win with a throw of 125 feet, 9 inches.

The Bulldogs will next compete at the Pittsburg Pirate Relays on Saturday, April 16.

For more information, results and pictures, please visit www.alhambratrack.org.

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