By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune
The freshman and sophomore Alhambra Bulldogs Track Team traveled to Campolindo High School in Moraga for the 2016 Frosh/Soph DFAL Championships last Thursday, May 12. There the Bulldogs battled Miramonte, Las Lomas, Dublin, Dougherty Valley, Acalanes and the Campo Cougars.
Alhambra’s underclassmen girls team, especially, was on a mission to gather as many points as possible to maintain their so-far undefeated status in the league. First place finishes earned ten points, while second took eight points, third (six points), fourth (four points), fifth (two points) and sixth (one point).
Unlike the Varsity DFAL Championships, this meet was to be the last of the season for the freshman and sophomore athletes, with no opportunity for advancement to the postseason.
For the 4×100 relay, Kim Magtibay, Jadee Jianoran, Claire Stone and Samantha Sutton teamed up to complete a lap around the oval in a time of 57.04, taking fifth place and two points right off the bat.
Nicole Tria also gathered some points with two solid races. In the girls 1600 meters, she finished fifth in 5:41.78. Later, Tria competed in the 800 meters, where she fared even better with a third place finish and time of 2:40.35 to finish up her track season.
Teammate Julia Quontamatteo was only two seconds back in the 800 meters at 2:42.25 and a fifth place finish.
In the girls 100 meter hurdles, Tiauna McClenahan and Emily West easily beat the rest of the field, with McClenahan finishing first with a personal record of 19.21 and West right after at 19.24, also a PR.
Jenna Coffman scored several points during the day. She sprinted to a fourth place finish in the girls 100 meter dash with a quick 13.72, and placed high in the rankings in both the girls long jump (second place, 14 feet eight inches) and triple jump (second place, 31 feet 8.75 inches). Emily West took first in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 10 inches.
Perhaps the most impressive win of the day was Skylar Wondrusch’s shot-put throw.
Wondrusch, the only girl’s representative in the throwing events, dominated the shot put with a toss of 28 feet, eight and half inches, nearly five feet farther than any other competitor.
Not to be outdone, the boys team put up some very respectable performances as well.
The boys 4×100 relay team of Jake Zamora, Ozzy Bagno, Jaime Ayala and Sean McAfee claimed one point when they completed their race in sixth place and a result of 56.23 seconds.
Long and Triple Jumper Michael Milano placed well in both his signature events. Milano almost hit 18 feet in the long jump but came up just short at 17-11.75, a mark that gave him fourth overall. In the triple jump, he soared 37 feet even, winning third place to end his season.
The High Jump saw Jason Exline triumph with a leap of 5 feet 6 inches, which tied his personal best for the season. Fellow high jumper Danny Lockwood, however, beat his previous PR of 5-04 with a jump of 5-06 for second place.
Finally, Trevor Rezentes scored some points in both his throwing events. With a throw of 37 feet, three and a half inches, Rezentes claimed a close second overall in the shot put. He came back in the discus to achieve a huge personal record, hurling the platter 95 feet 10 inches to obliterate his previous best by 10 feet and take home fourth place.
With so many talented athletes, the Bulldog track team’s future looks bright. Expect to see many of these Bulldogs qualify for NCS in the varsity division next year and in the years to follow.