By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune
The Bulldogs traveled to Pittsburg High School for the 17th Annual Pittsburg Pirate Relays this past Saturday, April 16.
For only the third invitational Track and Field meet this year, the Bulldogs put up some impressive times and marks, several of which were personal records. The top three finishers in each event took home medals.
In the varsity boys 100-meter dash, Paul Bromley neared his personal best of 11.61 with an official clocking of 11.67, taking eighth place. Teammate Noa Nabeshima, normally a distance runner, also competed in this event and finished in 12 seconds flat.
Bromley also soared over 19 feet in the long jump for the first time with a solid 19 feet, 9.5 inches.
Graham Manning improved his 400 meter time in the Frosh/Soph boys race by more than a second. Manning sprinted to a time of 56.12 and surpassed Redwood Christian’s Herrison Stairs in the final 30 meters.
Trevor Oliveira-Smith finished well under the 5:00 barrier in the varsity 1600 meters for the first time, ending up with a 4:54.28. Unfortunately, he finished just outside the medal count with a fourth place result and two seconds behind Caleb Henze of Foothill High School.
The throwing events were particularly notable for Alhambra athletes. Sophomore Aidan LaHonta threw lifetime bests of 37-06.5 in the shot put for third place and 110 feet, 6 inches in the discus for first place, earning medals for each top three finish.
Senior Kyle Fitzpatrick, who has steadily furthered his discus throw since the start of this season, launched the platter to a huge personal record of 136 feet, 5 inches to take third in the varsity event.
Other field event Bulldogs to medal included Jackson Norried (first in the varsity high jump with 5 feet, 10 inches) and Michael Milano (third in the Frosh/Soph long jump, 18-05 and first place in the triple jump, 38-04.)
In the varsity girls 1600 meters, Nicole Tria and Erica Cardinale crushed the competition by taking first and second, respectively and adding to the medal count. Julia Quontamatteo tallied the count even higher when she took second in the Frosh/Soph girls 1600 meters in a lifetime personal record of 6:01.89.
The Frosh/Soph girls 100-meter hurdles saw two more Bulldogs win medals, with Anna Palmer winning in 19.63 seconds and Tiauna McClenahan taking third in 20.49.
Skylar Wondrusch and Phoebe Tang threw well enough in the girls Frosh/Soph shot put to take first and third, respectively. Tang returned in the discus throw to nearly set a personal record with a toss of 84 feet for first place overall.
The final winners of the day were Kiara Rios in the Frosh/Soph girls high jump with a clearance of 4 feet, 2 inches, and Jenna Coffman with a first place triple jump of 31 feet, 9.5 inches