By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune
The Bulldogs gathered at their home track for their last dual meet of 2016 last Wednesday, May 4, to battle the Las Lomas Knights and Acalanes Dons.
In the varsity girls 1600 meters, Marissa D’Atri picked up a solid win with a season best time of 5 minutes, 19.78 seconds, out-sprinting the Dons top runner senior Brooke Lennox by 1 second in the final stretch. D’Atri took home another victory later on in the girls 800 meters in 2 minutes, 28.41 seconds.
The duo of Robert Viano and Connor Hayes both cracked the 5:00 barrier for the first time this season in the varsity boys race, with Viano coming in at 4:56.8 and Hayes completing his race with a 4:59.2.
Sophomore hurdlers Sienna Strickland, Anna Palmer and Tiauna McClenahan each crushed their previous personal records in the frosh/soph girls 100 meter-hurdles and made a clean sweep by taking the top three places. With a time of 18.69, Strickland claimed the overall win, with Palmer a relatively close second at 19.28 and McClenahan in third at 19.40 seconds.
Palmer returned in the girls frosh/soph 300 meter-hurdles competition. There she took a convincing win with another personal best of 53.14 seconds. In the varsity girls 300-hurdles race, Strickland also posted a second PR by taking fourth in 53.51.
The boys frosh/soph 400 meter race saw freshman Graham Manning dip under the 1:00 mark again with a 58.81. Manning finished a close second to Las Lomas’ Kevin Hinton, who won with a 58.62. Distance runner Luis Garcia was another to break 60 second in the varsity race, where he ended up with a time of 59.51.
Multiple sprinters achieved personal best times in the 100 meter dash frosh/soph. Zach Smidebush hit a solid time of 12.49, while Jaime Ayala and Ozzy Bagno brought down their times to 14.32 and 14.47, respectively.
Paul Bromley made a convincing case for being the Bulldog’s all-around best track athlete. In the varsity 100 meter dash, he dashed to a quick time of 11.40 seconds to take his first win, and came back in the varsity 200 meters with an impressive 23.29, demoralizing all his competitors there as well.
Bromley was able to take home the triple crown with yet another PR of nearly 40 feet in the triple jump, as he leaped to 39 feet and six inches, almost two feet farther than his nearest opponent.
Jenna Coffman was another to place well in all three of the same events. In the 100 meter dash frosh/soph girls she took second in 14.06. The 200 meters saw Coffman win in 29.44, and she easily won triple jump as well with a leap of 31-01.
Alhambra field event athletes had good performances as well.
Aidan LaHonta threw his way to victory with a 113 feet, 6 inches in the frosh/soph discus. Kyle Fitzpatrick took a close second in the varsity discus, where he flung the platter 129-11.
Jackson Norried and James Cretan returned to form in the high jump. Each of them tied their personal best jumps, with Norried taking first at 6 feet and Cretan right after him at 5 feet, 10 inches.
Kiara Rios, Phoebe Tang and Skylar Wondrusch dominated in the girls shot put, where they won first through third places, shutting out all their opponents. Tang also had a notable winning performance of 94 feet, eight inches in the girls discus throw.
Sweeping events appeared to be a theme during the day, because Kiara Rios, Emily West and Jenna Coffman also took first through third in the girls long jump competition.