Hornet Track - Meet Summaries

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@ League Meet #3 vs. Berkeley and Hayward
April. 20, 2017

We finally wrapped up this 9-day odyssey with our final league meet of the season at Berkeley High, competing against Berkeley and Hayward. Our boys varsity team was unable to match the power of these two schools, but our girls handled Hayward easily, winning their first dual competition of the season, 65-44. Our girls came up just short against Berkeley, 63-57. Individual victories for the boys were garnered by Sven Said in the high hurdles and Cameron Yuen in the 1600m, who inexplicably ran yet another 4:50.xx for the umpteenth time. In our scoring against Hayward, Cameron also won the 3200m race, with Cedric Murphy and Ramir Smith adding wins in the 800m and 300m hurdles. It should be noted that Cedric completed the rare Iron Man performance, running the four longest individual events in the meet. Our girls made a valiant effort to overcome the Berkeley juggernaut, including seeing Lauren Lum grab wins in the 1600m and 3200m and a 2nd place in the 800m. Keilani Adachi won both the highs and lows and taking 2nd in the triple jump. Lara Vetter won the 400m in a PR time of 62.38, while senior Viktoria Gilbert brought home our first win in the throws, beating all of the 'Jacket gals in the shot put. All of those running wins also took care of the Farmers, plus Lauren's 800m was a winner, as was Keilani's triple jump performance and Danielle Yee's long jump.

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=296289#903

@ Bearcats Invitational
April 15, 2017

The next phase of our 9-day marathon of meets was the Bearcats Invitational at San Mateo High School. Ramir Smith had an outstanding day, medaling in two events, the 100m (first place!) and the 200m (third). He also anchored our 4x100m relay team, which just missed a medal, finishing 4th overall, despite having to sub in Kyle Choy at the last minute. This unexpected necessity actually resulted in the fastest Hornet time of the season, 45.54 seconds. The distance runners cracked a few key barriers, with Cedric Murphy dipping under 2:10 in the 800m for the first time, Ethan West seeing the south side of 4:50 for the first time, and freshman Patrick Nguyen setting a PR that now starts with the number "10." Freshman Esther Sue had a nice day in the frosh-soph division, winning a 6th place medal in the 100m and just missing a medal with a 7th in the 200m, but setting a nice shiny new PR of 28.77 in the process. Allie Cvitanovic zipped in in 6th place for a medal with a season-best 2:25.94, while Lara Vetter and Lauren Lum continued their pummeling of the opposition, winning the 1600m and 3200m, respectively (Lauren by a 48-second margin).

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=289055#903

@ League Meet #2 vs. San Leandro
April 12, 2017

When Spring Break ended, we knew we had our work cut out for us, as we would have three meets in a 9-day span starting on April 12th. That was the date of yet another meet at Castro Valley, this time with our teams scoring against San Leandro. The Pirates' big squad was too much for both our boys and girls varsity teams, outscoring us 96-30 and 63-40, respectively. We did still have some highlights, though, such as Lauren Lum being a double winner, in the 1600m and 3200m races, and Lara Vetter winning the 800m and anchoring our victorious 4x400m relay team that included Allie Cvitanovic, Chloe de Verrier, and Rachel Wellman. On the boys' side, Cedric Murphy took home the 800m victory, while freshman Patrick Nguyen did so in the 3200m race. Our 4x400 team of Doug Dembroge, Sven Said, Alex English, and Cameron Yuen ran extremely well and garnered 5 points for the Hornets in that event.

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=288775#903

@ Stanford Invitational
April 1, 2017

Just as Spring Break was starting, Lauren Lum and Lara Vetter journeyed down the peninsula on April 1st to run in the prestigious Stanford Invitational with runners from around the country. They competed in the 1 mile race, which is about 9 meters longer than the 1600m. It was an exciting day for these two outstanding runners as they hoped to move up further on the all-time list. Lara was nursing a sore hip, but still ran a very solid 5:16.87, which corresponds to a 5:15 for 1600m. Lauren found herself surging ahead with the lead pack with a lap and a half to go and charged in to the finish in a stellar 5:07.08, which converts to 5:05 for 1600m, leaving her only 4 seconds away from the Alameda High record.

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=285128#903

@ League Meet #1 vs. Castro Valley and Bishop O'Dowd
March 29, 2017

Our first league meet was held only four days after the Castro Valley Invitational at - where else? - Castro Valley High. This was the first test for our boys varsity team, who did not win a single dual meet in 2016. They passed with flying colors, topping host Castro Valley by 3 points, 64-61, a huge improvement over last year's 81-37 defeat. We lost to Bishop O'Dowd by 20 points, but that, too, was a huge improvement over last year's 46-point loss. The boys were led by Ramir Smith, who beat all of Castro Valley's best in the 100m, 200m, and high hurdles, and anchored our victorious 4x100m relay team. Other winners in the matchup with CVHS were Doug Dembroge in the 400m and Cedric Murphy in the 800. In the Bishop O'Dowd matchup, Ramir also won the 100m and 200m and was 2nd in the highs. CJ Forrer finished 1st in the high jump over the O'Dowd lads, as did Kyle Choy in the triple jump.

Our girls varsity team, unfortunately, fell to both schools, although there were certainly some highlights. Freshman Esther Sue won the 100m against Castro Valley and the 200m against O'Dowd, while Allie Cvitanovic beat everyone in the 800. Sophomore Katie Gee beat all of the O'Dowd 1600m runners and all but one of the CVHS gals.

The Frosh-Soph division is not scored officially by the league, but we tally up the scores for our own information. Our frosh-soph girls took our lone victory in this division, besting O'Dowd by 2 points and led by our distance runners, who outscored them 22-1. Megan Yip won both the 800m and 3200m, Jeri Yue took home the win in the 1600m and 2nd in the 800m, and Michelle Jenks and Morgan Kimble helped in that near shutout.

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=288761#903

@ Castro Valley Invitational
March 25, 2017

On March 25th, we visited Castro Valley High School for the first of our three trips there, and competed in the Castro Valley Invitational, which had a healthy amount of relay events. Our girls varsity runners won two races, the 4x800m relay and the DMR. The 4x800m relay featured Lara Vetter, Lizzie Cho, Katie Gee, and Lauren Lum. Lara ran the 1st leg and clocked a 2:21 split, which would place her 5th on the all-time list if relay splits were included in those marks. Lauren's 2:25.4 anchor leg was a PR, and the team ended up 27 seconds ahead of 2nd place Castro Valley. In the DMR, Lauren Lum repeated as anchor, but this time was preceded by Allie Cvitanovic, Chloe de Verrier, and Rachel Wellman, just as she was at the D-Fest. This time, these four girls knocked another 16 seconds off of that outstanding performance, cracking 13 minutes and beating 2nd place Castro Valley by 25 seconds. At the end of the meet, our boys varsity runners put together a solid 4x400m relay team of Doug Dembroge, Barry Xu, Eric Funchess, and Darryl Brown and finished in 2nd place.

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=288758#903

@ Dublin Distance Fiesta + Big Cats Relays
March 18, 2017

March 18th was a busy day for the Hornets, as our Distance event specialists travelled out to Dublin for one of the biggest meets of the season in the East Bay, the Dublin Distance Fiesta ("D-Fest"). Meanwhile, the Power Events group zoomed across the Bay to San Francisco to compete in the Big Cats Relays meet.

In Dublin, there were 44 1600m races, then 51 800m races, then 20 3200m races, and finally 1 girls' and 2 boys' DMR races. The races are grouped by expected times, so the competition is usually well balanced, which often leads to fast times. We tallied 10 Person Record (PR) times in the 1600m races and several runners earned t-shirts for finishing among the top 3 in their heat. The girls were led by Lara Vetter and Katie Gee, who both PRd in the 1600, including a 5:08.80 time by Lara, improving on her 4th place all-time Hornet mark. Also, the girls entered a DMR team (Allie Cvitanovic, Chloe de Verrier, Rachel Wellman, and Lauren Lum), which chopped 42 seconds off of last year's time and finished in 6th place out of 24 teams. We had three boys dip under the 5:00 mark for 1600m: Ethan West (4:54.41), Adam Elaidy (4:58.63 - a 10-second improvement on his previous PR and his first time under 5:00!), and Cedric Murphy (4:59.99).

Over in the City, the highlight for the Power group was junior Ramir Smith winning the 100m dash with a time only a fraction of a second off of his all-time best. Sophomore Kaleb Vance ended up 6th overall in that race. Other highlights included freshman Esther Sue cracking the 14-second barrier in finishing 5th overall, and junior Danielle Yee taking 3rd in the long jump. Seniors Doug Dembroge and Sven Said took 4th and 6th in the high hurdles, and our 4x200m relay team finished 2nd.

D-Fest Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=284933#903
Big Cats Results: http://ca.milesplit.com/meets/261385/results/503080/formatted#.WP--tqK1uM8

@ Martinez Relays
March 11, 2017

On March 11th, we travelled to Alhambra High School in Martinez for the Martinez Relays, one of the oldest track meets in the East Bay. All of the events are relays, including field events, in which individual marks are added together to determine a "relay" team's place. The Hornets earned (literally!) a large bag full of medals, including 1st place medals in the Frosh-Soph Girls 4x800m and Distance Medley Relay (DMR) and the Varsity Girls DMR. We also grabbed 2nd place finishes in the Varsity Boys Hurdle Shuttle, Frosh-Soph Boys 4x800 and DMR, and Varsity Boys DMR. Our 3rd place finishes included Frosh-Soph Girls 4x100m and Varsity Girls Shot Put and Discus.

Full Results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=292621#903

@ Skyline Invitational
Feb. 25, 2017

On Saturday, February 25th, the Hornets climbed up to Skyline High, alma mater of Devin Rowe's mom, Stacy (we're still waiting for that selfie with Tom Hanks), for the Skyline Invitational. We had a reduced squad at this meet because many of the team members were not yet ready to compete.

Junior Ramir Smith led the team by finishing 3rd in the 100m race with a nice 11.63 - a solid early-season time. Smith also finished 4th in the 200m with a time of 23.91. Those two results gave the Hornet boys 10 points, which tied us with St. Joe's and Bishop O'Dowd for 10th place in the team standings. He also long jumped and ran the opening leg of the 4x400m relay. Soph newcomer Kaleb Vance competed in 3 events in his first meet, including a 12th place finish in the long jump.

On the girls's side, senior Lara Vetter blazed to a 5:17.23 in the 1600m race and then followed that up a short time later with a 63.89 in the 400. Those performances garnered Alameda's only two points of the meet. Junior Allie Cvitanovic also completed the rare 1600/400 double, PRing in the 1600 and missing her PR in the 400 by only about a half second, finishing in 8th place.

Full results can be found here: http://atwresults.com/atwupload/20170225/