By JOEL TIMBRELL
The Bulldogs set out to Chabot College in Hayward last Saturday, March 25 for the Oakland Invitational Relays.
Field events began at 8:30 a.m. with four attempts for each person. Running events started thirty minutes later at 9 p.m.
As with several other meets, the Oakland Relays awarded medals to the top three finishing athletes in each event.
Juniors Tiauna McClenahan and Kim Magtibay brought about the beginning of a long list of Alhambra personal records. In the 100-meter hurdles, they tied for 15th place, each crossing the line in 20.19. Alexis Yu also cracked 21 seconds in her race with a 20.78 performance.
Four bulldogs cut time in the 300-meter hurdles, with Sienna Strickland leading the way going well under one minute at 55.51 seconds. Magtibay was two seconds back from Strickland at 57.50, while Yu took home another PR at 59.21 and McClenahan ending up in 1:01.98.
Not many runners like the 3200 meter race, but Alhambra is a different story. Nicole Tria posted a fantastic 20 second improvement in the girls race, completing the eight laps in 12:31. Tria later went on to earn a fifth place in the girls 1600, clocking 5:51.
The boys 3200 saw two different heats as there were too many for a single race. In heat one, Carson Edwards managed to top Tria’s improvement, going 10 minutes, 44 seconds in his second ever two mile race. Edward’s previous time occurred two weeks prior at a dual meet, where he ran 11:09.
Seniors Robert Viano and Trevor Oliviera-Smith in the next heat ran 10:51 and 10:55 respectively.
Alan Kobylik brought another lifetime PR in the 400 meter sprint with a time of 55.66, taking a close second place in his competition. He also went 49.88 in the 300-meter hurdles.
The 100-meter sprint saw Myles Johnson and Sidney Kuehn take home times of 12.50 and 12.93.
Perhaps no one had a better day than Jenna Coffman. In the girls 100 meters, she took 24th out of 96, beating the clock to run under 14 seconds at 13.93. She came back to run a 28.68 in the 200 meters, battling some very fast sprinters including El Cerrito’s Kaylah Robinson who set a meet record of 24.34.
Coffman’s signature event of triple jump, however, was where she really shined. With powerhouse school Dublin competing in the event, Coffman earned a third place medal with a 32 foot, 3.75 inches jump.
Alhambra throwers Kieara Rios and Phoebe Tang claimed medals two and three at the Oakland Relays. By her fourth attempt, Rios threw the shot put 31 feet, 3.75 inches to edge out Branson’s Saani Borge for third place.
Tang, who has been steadily approaching the golden standard of 100 feet, competed in the varsity girls discus. On Saturday she launched the platter to a third place mark of 98 feet 10 inches, just falling short of 100 feet but earning yet another PR.
Carondolet transfer Julia Lloren also had a good day as she threw the discus to 79-06 for tenth place.
Next on the track schedule, the Bulldogs will dual rival College Park on Wednesday, April 12 on the Falcon’s home turf.