Girls Dominate Bayshore Area Championships; Boys Finish 2nd

The Bayshore Area Track & Field Championships pit the best from the TCAL, WACC, and MVAL leagues in a qualifying meet that sends the top 7 placers in each event to next week’s North Coast Section Meet of Champions.  Each event features the top qualifiers from their respective league championships in a one day championship meet, with each event scoring the top 6 placers in a 10-8-6-4-2-1 format.   On Saturday at Hayward High School, the girls team dominated the approximately 35 other schools and running away with the Bayshore Championship. 

“Our girls performed really well today,” said sprint coach Jay Lawson afterwards.  “Coming in, we thought we had a pretty good chance to win but our girls exceeded even our highest expectations today.  They were great.” 

Senior Sophia Alexander, continuing her extraordinary senior campaign, flew to two individual wins and 20 points in winning both the 100 and 200.  She also ran a huge 2nd leg on the winning 4 x 100 while also anchoring the victorious 4 x 400 team.  Both relay teams ran NCS leading times.  Teammates Sofia Bailey and Kaia Gant-Hatcher also had greats meet according to coach Lawson.  Sofia won the 100 hurdles, finished 2nd in the 300 hurdles, anchored the 4 x100, and ran a PR 58.21 in the open 400 while Kaia ran a huge 57.66 PR in the 400 and ran impressive legs on both relays. 

Sophomore Jordan Cornet flexed her 800 meter muscles with a 2:19 win, freshmen Maddie Dwyer and Najah Williams both posted big lifetime bests in the 400…. running 58.68 and 59.39 respectively… and junior Amelia Tremain finished 2nd in the 100 hurdles and 4th in the 300 hurdles – the latter in a personal best 47.56. 

Finally, the field eventers also scored big points on Saturday.  Sophomore Simone Rogers finished 2nd in the high jump at 5’2”, junior Lydia Howard came a  mere ¼ inch away from winning the girls long jump before also finishing 4th in the triple jump, and a pair of freshmen – Anela Thomas and Julia Alexander – finished 2nd and 3rd in the girls triple jump.  Sophomore Jasmine Farmer also qualified for MOC in the shot put with a PR 30’11”.

On the boys side, sophomore Kai’Lib Copes and junior Malcolm Clemons were Bayshore winners.  Kai’Lib ran 49.19 to win the 400 while Malcolm needed only one long jump to win his specialty at 22’7¼”.  “KJ” also posted his 2nd PR of the day when he finished 2nd in the 300 hurdles (39.84) while Malcolm came within ¼ of an inch of winning the triple jump. 

Zach Deering-Haddix jumped 6’2” to finish 3rd in the high jump, Antoine Morales spanned 21’9” to finish 4th in the long jump, and Di’Niko Bates placed 4th in both hurdle races to pace the boys team to their 2nd place team finish.

Next up for the Panthers is the North Coast Section Meet of Champions on Friday and Saturday at Diablo Valley College in Concord.  The meet acts as the open division championship for track & field in the NCS… with the top 3 overall finishers in each event qualifying for the California State Championships.