Castro Valley, CA. Three (3) Leagues converged on Castro Valley High’s sports stadium for the running of the NCS Bayshore Regional Meet last weekend. Each League send the nine (9) top qualifiers in each event from their League Championship to competed at the Bayshore. Of the 27 athletes in each event, only seven (7) athletes qualify for the NCS Sectional Meet of Champions. That’s the Road to STATE. There were no real surprises, but there were some outstanding individual performances.
In the Men’s division, Castro Valley’s 4×100 speedsters opened the meet with a blazing 41.38. The San Leandro team was neck and neck with CV, but the speed proved to much for the Pirates who miss-handled the baton on the second exchange. San Leandro’s Christian Carter won the 400 in 48.04 after a fierce battled with Hercules’ Armani Renolds. Bishop O”Dowd’s Eugene Hamilton continued his dominance in the 800m with a 1:54.40, but was pushed hard by Alameda’s Steven Carlson. Kennedy’s (Richmond) Takkarist McKinley, all 6’4″ 230 lbs, won the 100 and the 200m. Castro Valley’s Nate Moore, the Nation’s leader in the Triple Jump, pulled off another stunning jump of 50′ to win his specialty and then jumped 22’8″ to win the Long Jump. In the final event of the day, Hercules’ 4×400 outsprinted a game San Leandro squad with a winning time of 3:19.20
In the Women’s division, the San Leandro Pirates ripped off a 47.12 – one of the top times in the State – to win the 4×100. Castro Valley’s Sasha Wallace won the 100 m hurdles, the triple jump and the long jump. San Leandro dominated the sprints as Gabrielle Cantrell won both the 100 and 200 and ran anchor leg on the victorious 4×100, and Nijae Jones won the 800 by a convincing margin.
Other Pirates who finish in the top 7 to qualify for the NCS Meet of Champions include Stevie Johnson in the 100 meters, Courtney Bazile in the 110 high hurdles and 300 Intermediate hurdles, Kennon Noble in the triple jump, Demytrick Aliifua and Islam Sbeith in the spot put, Kortni Smyers-Jones in the 100 hurdles, triple jump and long Jump, Camille Watson in the triple jump