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Fitzpatrick breaks into Alhambra top 10 in discus

Alhambra senior Kyle Fitzpatrick winds up for his throw at the DFAL dual meet at Las Lomas against the Knights and the Dougherty Valley Wildcats on April 20, 2016. Fitzpatrick’s throw went 148 feet, 4 inches, a mark which puts him as fifth all-time for Alhambra High School. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra senior Kyle Fitzpatrick winds up for his throw at the DFAL dual meet at Las Lomas against the Knights and the Dougherty Valley Wildcats on April 20, 2016. Fitzpatrick’s throw went 148 feet, 4 inches, a mark which puts him as fifth all-time for Alhambra High School. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune

The Alhambra track team set out to Las Lomas a second time for the season’s third dual meet last Wednesday, April 20. This time the Bulldogs faced the Dougherty Valley Wildcats and the Las Lomas Knights.

It was a game-changer for several of the athletes; as the season winds down and the DFAL championships approach, the goal is to run faster, jump higher, and throw further.

Varsity sprinter Paul Bromley achieved a personal best in the 100-meter dash right off the bat, clocking in at 11.53 seconds. Bromley took second place with his effort, finishing only behind Dougherty Valley’s Ethan Song, who was last year’s DFAL champion.

Bromley also crushed his previous best 200-meter time by almost a full second with a time of 23.29 for second place, again right after Song, who ran a 23.18.

In the Frosh/Soph boys 400 meters, Graham Manning left all the competition in his rear view mirror as he finished with a solid 57.09.

A trio of Alhambra varsity distance runners raced in the 3200 meters. After the eight laps were over, the finishing order was Connor Hayes (10:47), Robert Viano (10:49) and Trevor Oliveira-Smith (10:51) who took 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

James Cretan also hit a personal record in the varsity 110-meter hurdles in a time of 18.21 seconds, his first time under 19.00.

High jumpers Danny Lockwood and Jason Exline tied in the Frosh/Soph event as each leaped a height of 5 feet, 4 inches. It was Lockwood, however, who took first because he had fewer missed attempts.

Jackson Norried picked up another win in the varsity high jump event with another successful leap of 5-10. Cretan also competed in this event and took fourth with a 5-4.

Another trio of Bulldogs swept in the Frosh/Soph long jump. Michael Milano took first in 17-07, Mason Bituen was second in 17-04, and Lockwood third in 16-08.

What had to be the most impressive performance of the day was Kyle Fitzpatrick in the varsity discus throw. After throwing numerous times earlier in the season and progressively getting closer to the Alhambra all time top 10 list, Fitzpatrick launched the platter to an incredible 148 feet, 4 inches to finally make the list. His throw is fifth all time on the discus list as of April 27.

Fitzpatrick also hurled the shot put to a personal record of 40 feet, 11 inches.

Teammates Aidan LaHonta and Trevor Rezentes took first (37-03) and second (36-04) in the Frosh/Soph boys shot put, and LaHonta returned to win again in the Frosh/Soph boys discus throw with a 103-03.

On the girls side, Emily West cracked 14 seconds in the Frosh/Soph 100 meter competition with a 13.92. Fellow sprinters Jenna Coffman and Anna Palmer each won their 200 meter heats, with Coffman finishing in 28.61 and Palmer sprinting to a personal record of 29.59.

Nicole Tria, who has already won several races this year, continued her impressive winning streak in the Frosh/Soph 1600 meter and 800 meter races.

In the 1600 meters, Tria claimed first out of 17 runners in a time of 5:44.83, and she won with a 2:41.11 time in the 800 meters.

Two of the Bulldog hurdlers ran under 20 seconds for the 100 meter hurdles. Tiauna McClenahan took a close second place in a time of 19.85, and Anna Palmer was third in 19.97. Another set of PR’s was achieved in the 300 meter hurdles race, where Sienna Strickland prevailed (54.57) with Palmer in second (55.84).

Kieara Rios tied her personal record in the Frosh/Soph high jump, where she leaped 4 feet, 8 inches. Rios returned to take the gold again in the discus throw with a solid 94 feet and 1 inch. Teammate Phoebe Tang finished a close second with a 93 foot toss.

Trying long jump for the first time, Jenna Coffman nearly hit 15 feet but was off by just a half inch with a mark of 14 feet, 11.5 inches. In her main event of triple jump, Coffman easily won with a 32 feet, 3 inch jump.

Finally, West also triple jumped to a 14 feet, 2 inch finish for third place in the Frosh/Soph girls event, right behind Coffman.

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