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Track California State Meet: Ladies place top in the state with new school records



Full results HERE

East Bay Times article HERE

Friday, June 3rd, 2016:

Senior Natalie Mitchell competed in the shot put at her first ever State Meet appearance. Natalie threw her second furthest throw of the season with her throw of 38 ft 1 inch. This earned her 18th place, outside of the top 12 that moved on to finals the following day. Natalie looks to continue her training over the summer as she prepares to go to UC Riverside where she will be coached by Olympic coach Kent Pagel.

Junior Hana Johnson competed well in the triple jump with her furthest jump of 36 ft 2 inches. This just was not enough to qualify for the finals but this comes after Hana had to sit out more than a month of training due to a fractured toe earlier this season. Her resilience and competitive drive to come back and qualify for the state meet leaves her hungry going into next year, her senior season.

The Girls 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams advanced to the finals, placing 6th and 10th in the trials. KaRa Awakoaiye competed in the 100 hurdles running a new personal best, 13.87. Tierra Robinson-Jones competed in both the 400m and 200m running 55.04 and 24.41. Her 400m time and place earned her a spot in the finals in the 400m the next day.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016:

The girls 4x100m relay team placed 7th in the finals, this team was made up of KaRa Awakoaiye, Tierra Robinson-Jones, Lauryn Moore, and Marnae Glover. Their time of 46.63 from the trials was a season best followed closely by their 46.82 in the finals on Saturday.

KaRa Awakoaiye came back shortly after to run the 100 hurdles where she placed 4th overall earning a place on the medal stand with her time of 13.78. With this race KaRa now holds the Bishop O’Dowd school record in the 100 hurdles. Capping a great season KaRa will be headed to Howard University on a full academic scholarship.

Tierra Robinson-Jones competed in the girls 400m race and placed 4th behind junior Kaelin Roberts (Carson), senior Hannah Waller (Buchanan), and sophomore Maliyah Medley (El Toro). Her time of 54.05 breaks her previous personal best and Bishop O’Dowd school record. As just a sophomore, the future is bright as Tierra will continue to be a key part of the girls relay teams in addition to her own pursuit for an individual title in the 400m.

In the girls 4x400m relay senior Aliyah Walker lead the Dragons running a strong first leg from lane 2, she passed the baton to Tierra who made up 3 places during her leg of the relay, Lauryn Moore ran 3rd and Jasmine Powell closed for the team who finished 7th overall. Three of these four girls will return next year looking to place even higher with another year of competition under their belt.

Congratulations to the Dragons on a stellar season. Thank you everyone for your support!

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