Kane Continues Hot Start, Posts #6 Mark in CA for 1600; Cantrell Sets Meet Record in 100 at Dan Gabor Invitational
The Dragons track & field team continued their impressive start to the season, competing in the two-day Dan Gabor Invitational at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton this past weekend. The distance portion of the meet took place on Friday night under the lights while the sprints and field events took place on Saturday.
Highlighting the action was senior Sam Kane, who continued his hot start to the season by taking 2nd overall in the 1600 meter run. The highly anticipated race featured 3 of the top returning 1600 runners in the North Coast Section, 2 of which were CIF State Qualifiers in the event last season. Kane sat patiently in the field of 25 athletes, staying out of trouble and in contact with the leaders and closed well over the final half of the race to finish 2nd overall in a huge personal best mark of 4:17.20, only a second behind the leader. He shaved 10 seconds off his previous best and his mark is currently the 6th fastest 1600 mark in the state.
Also performing well under the stadium lights was junior Eugene Hamilton and senior Jonathan DeGroot, both posting fine early season 800 meter times of 1:58.54 and 1:59.44, respectively. In the 3200, senior Karsten Kaufmann highlighted the night of personal bests by racing to a personal record of 9:40.71, a 35 second improvement from his previous best mark.
Not to be outdone, senior Marie Diaz matched her male counterpart in the 3200 meter run by posting a personal best mark of 11:34.34, an improvement of over 35 seconds as well.
Other female highlights included senior Claire Mischeaux, who lead a string of Dragons across the finish line as she set a PR of 5:30.78 in the 1600 meter run. She was followed closely by freshmen Alyssa Byer and Meredith Nix in 5:32.29 and 5:33.55, respectively. Junior Keisha May had a stellar race in her first open 800 race ever. She maintained contact with the leaders before making a strong push for the lead, eventually settling for 2nd place in her heat in a great early season time of 2:25.07.
The following day proved to be just as successful for the Dragons as sophomore Gabriella Cantrell blasted to a new meet record time in the girls 100 meter dash. Starting in the center of the track, Cantrell closed well over the last half of the race to pull away from her competitors to run a wind-legal mark of 12.41. She would come back later to team up with juniors Ryan Daniel & May and freshman Navah Evans to anchor the girls 4×400 relay to a time of 4:04.93, which was also a new meet record.
Other top 5 finishes on Saturday included junior Kevin King and senior Theodore Ruth who both cleared 6 feet in the boys high jump, tying for 2nd place. Twins Andria and Alexis Maynard both placed in the throws with Andria taking 5th in the shot put with a mark of 30-07.50 while Alexis flung the discus to a mark of 108-2, good for 3rd place. Rounding out the top 5 finishes was the boys 4×400 relay team of sophomore Trevor Ruth, DeGroot, Kane and Hamilton. They nearly matched their female teammates in victory, but settled for 2nd place in a time of 3:25.90, behind the top returning 4×400 relay team in the NCS.
Full results are available below and a link can also be found in the “Schedule/Results” tab: