By JOEL TIMBRELL
Just four days after the Martinez Relays, the Bulldog track team hosted another meet on their home turf this past Wednesday, March 15, against Berean Christian and Ygnacio Valley High Schools.
The meet got started at 3:30 p.m. with the 4×100 relays, where Alhambra won both the varsity and frosh/soph girls races and took second in the varsity boys category.
Immediately following the team relay races it was time for the girls 1600 meters. Marissa D’Atri took off at the start in familiar fashion and won easily leading the race wire to wire in 5 minutes, 31 seconds.
Berean Christian’s Tessa Bolter and Alhambra’s Nicole Tria took the second and third spots, as both finished comfortably under six minutes in 5:46 and 5:52 respectively. Erica Cardinale was fourth for the Dogs in 6:05. Nathalie Carrillo and Rachel Snyder scored points for the frosh/soph girls team in the same race.
In the boys 1600-meter race Seniors Trevor Oliveira-Smith and Robert Viano took the lead, followed by Carson Edwards, a freshman. The trio ran even splits each lap to beat the clock, which was approaching 5 minutes. Oliveira-Smith and Viano nearly tied for the win, each with times of 4:56, while Edward was only a second back at 4:57, a very impressive opening mile for a first year runner.
In the 100 and 110 meter hurdles, the Bulldogs were the only ones to race. Hurdlers included Alan Kobylik, Emily West, Alexis Yu, Sienna Strickland, Tiauna McClenahan, and Kim Magtibay.
Sophomore Bulldog sprinters Graham Manning and Alan Kobylik dueled each other in the frosh/soph 400-meter run. The two broke away from the field very quickly, tied for the lead for the duration of the race. Right up until the finish line it was too close to call, but results posted later said Manning had taken first in 56.54, while Kobylik was only hundredths of a second back at 56.60.
Alhambra crushed all the opposition in the girls 100-meter dash, with Emily West winning the frosh/soph girls race in 14.32 and Jenna Coffman taking the varsity title at 14.01. Ygnacio Valley, however, prevailed during the frosh/soph and varsity boys 100 meters. Nasim Chin was the only sprinter to go under 12 seconds at 11.85 in the varsity race.
D’Atri returned to race the 800 meters, arguably her best distance. There she claimed a second easy win in 2:31, followed by Berean’s Bolter in 2:36. Tria and Cardinale earned more points by taking third and fourth place.
The boys 800 meters may have played out differently if the Bulldogs were fresh, but here Jake Bell of Berean Christian won in 2:11. Viano still managed a personal record of 2:13, while Oliveira-Smith and Edwards were third and fourth, respectively.
Another Alhambra trio competed well in the girls frosh/soph 300-meter hurdles, with Alexis Yu earning the win and Briana Alvarez and Amberly Bateman rounding out the scorers. On the boys side rivals Manning and Kobylik (each attempting hurdles for the first time) found success with second and third place marks.
As with the 100-meter races, the 200-meter sprints were good news for the Alhambra girls and Ygnacio Valley boys. Claire Stone posted her first win in the girls frosh/soph race in 30.66, while Coffman, Makhai Broussard, and Julia Paulazzo swept the varsity section’s first through third places. Sprinters from Ygnacio were first in both the boys frosh/soph and varsity divisions.
Nearing the end of the meet, the boys and girls were combined into a single race for the 3200 meters—eight laps around the track.
Viano and Oliveira-Smith led for the first seven, but by the eighth lap Carson Edwards surpassed the two seniors and picked up the pace, opening a significant lead. He crossed the line in a very respectable time of 11 minutes, 9 seconds, especially considering his three total races.
Most Alhambra runners don’t compete in the two mile distance very often, but here D’Atri, Tria and Cardinale also tripled for the day. Since the two divisions were combined, D’Atri got the chance to pace off of Berean’s Jake Bell, who had won the 800 meters earlier. Thanks to a very consistent pace of around 90 seconds per lap, D’Atri finished her first ever 3200 meters in 12:01.60, the ninth-fastest ever Alhambra girls time.
While the track events were going on, several other Alhambra athletes were competing in the jumps and throws.
Kieara Rios notched two individual wins in the varsity girls high jump and shot put, while Fatima Lizarde picked up two more in the frosh/soph discus and shot put. Five other Alhambra girls achieved first place finishes to completely block Berean and Ygnacio from winning any titles in the field events. Those who finished first included Phoebe Tang (Varsity Discus), Jasmine Romero (Frosh/soph high jump), Emily West (Frosh/soph long jump), Julia Perez (Varsity long jump) and Jenna Coffman (triple jump).
The boys were not as successful as the girls at stomping out the two other teams in the field events, but they still claimed three wins. Aidan LaHonta launched the discus to a personal record throw of 120 feet, 8 inches to win the varsity match, and Nick Momaney followed suit in the frosh/soph competition where he won easily in 89-04. Senior Jackson Norried cleared 5-10 in the high jump, which was enough for the win. He proceeded to attempt 6-01 but narrowly missed the height.
Three out of the four Bulldog teams accumulated enough points to capture first place by a wide margin. The varsity boys (65 points), varsity girls (93 points) and frosh/soph girls (80 points) are off to a fantastic start in the league match ups.