By JOEL TIMBRELL
A small group of Alhambra track and field athletes made the 20 minute drive to Pittsburg High School last Saturday, March 18, for the 4th annual Eddie Hart Invitational.
Hart, who is the 1972 4×100 meter relay Olympic gold medalist (and Pittsburg graduate), was in attendance to watch the meet’s races. He is also a motivational speaker. In 2013 and 2014, he visited the Alhambra campus in Martinez to tell the story of his Olympic experience.
Field event athletes started their competition at 9:30 a.m., and thirty minutes later the running events kicked off at 10 a.m. sharp. Individuals taking first, second, and third place in each event won a medal.
Sophomore Claire Stone took part in both frosh/soph sprint events. In the 100-meter dash she placed 13th out of 37 in 14.82 seconds. She came back a few events later for the 200-meter sprint and wound up tying for 9th with Pittsburg’s Imani Abrea in 30.23 seconds.
Freshman hurdler Alexis Yu took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles, where she posted the fastest time this year out of all the Dogs in 1:01.59.
The day’s highlight was Skylar Wondrusch in the shot put and discus throws. Wondrusch trounced all her opposition in the shot with a 26 foot, 5 inch throw, winning by three feet. Then she returned to launch the platter to a third place result of 64 feet, 7 inches. Wondrusch was the only Bulldog to win two medals during the day.
Carondolet transfer Julia Lloren was the other Bulldog to win a medal in the varsity girls discus throw. She hurled the discus to an all time personal best of 77 feet, 5 inches to just squeeze by for third place overall out of 16 throwers.
On the boys side, Sidney Kuehn was the highest finisher from Alhambra in the boys frosh/soph 100-meter dash (19th out of 39) and 200-meter dash (26th out of 41).
Football players Mark Radke and Aaron Hern each raced in one of the sprints. Radke clocked a PR in the varsity 100-meter dash of 12.65 while Hern hit a second personal best in the 200 meters at 26.85 seconds.
Running another season best time was Graham Manning in the 400-meter sprint, who crossed the finish line in 56.20. In addition to the 400 meters, Manning scored another PR in the 300-meter hurdles where he completed the distance in 49.87.
Freshman runner Carson Edwards ran two well executed races to earn another two personal best times. In the varsity boys 1600 meters he took fifth in 4:55.99, rivaling Concord’s top miler Kenyon Kremin who was fourth in 4:52.71. Edwards then returned for the 800-meter race where he ran a very good time of 2:19.41 for sixth.
Senior Trevor Oliveira-Smith dropped the hammer in the varsity boys 3200 meters. Only Pittsburg’s Noah Gordon was able to challenge him for the duration of eight laps, and both ran well under 11 minutes, with Gordon coming in at 10:33 for the gold and Oliveira-Smith at 10:41 for an easy silver.
Finally, Aidan La Honta threw the shot put to a huge personal record of 38 feet, 4 inches, taking eighth out of 28 throwers in the varsity matches, and 12th in the discus throw with a launch of 108 feet, 8 inches. Nick Momaney led the way for the frosh/soph throws (6th in shot put and 5th in discus).
Alhambra will attend Chabot College this Saturday, March 25 for the 38th annual Oakland Invitational Relays.