Deer Valley finished first in 10 events and garnered 138.5 points to lead all teams. Junior Ze’John Parker (200-meter dash), senior Jusufu Haines (300-meter hurdles) and senior Shawn Simms (long jump) joined junior LaShall Hamlin (100 and 200 meters) and senior Audrena Harlan (long jump) all finished first in individual events.
The Wolverines boys distance medley and 4x400-meter relay team of Isaiah Reed, Simms, LaVelle Hamlin and Tajae Smith took first along with the 4x200-meter boys team and the girls 4x400-meter relay team of Hamlin and sophomores Lauren Tolliver-King, Kourtney Burney and Sasha Newman.
Senior D’Metrius Cooper (200), junior Dylan Winn (1600) Harlan (100) and the girls 4x100-meter, 4x200-meter and distance medley relay teams finished second.
Reed (400), freshman Albert Howard (200) and the boys second 4x400-meter relay team of junior Deonta Johnson, Adonis Johnson, Davon Birden and senior Narav Wright finished third for Deer Valley.
“It rained, we persevered, and we were able to get a meet in, which is about the best we can do,” said Wolverines head coach Bernard Stephens. “This is the third meet of our year. We have been rained out of virtually everywhere else. It makes it real difficult. The kids want to run, but it makes it really hard to do anything when the weather doesn’t cooperate.”
Liberty finished with a team score of 36, good enough for sixth place. Sophomore Cody Mayer was a bright spot, finishing first in the boys 1600 and 3200-meter races with times of 4 minutes, 39.25 seconds and 10:25.71 to secure the Lions’ only two first-place finishes.
“Under the weather conditions and everything, the performance that really stands out is the one by Cody Mayer,” said Liberty head coach John Ambrose. “He ran a tough race there in the 1600. Between the wind, the rain and the cold, it just isn’t ideal.”
Junior Nicholas West (long jump) and senior Alisa Hansen (3200) finished in second place for the Lions. Junior Erin Morgan tied for second in the long jump with a final effort of 14 feet, 8 inches.
Freedom tallied 33 points for a seventh-place finish. The Falcons failed to win any events, but senior Adrian Perez finished second in the boys 400 with a time of 50.60. Freshman Madison LaPierre (200), junior Mariah Walker (400), junior Lisa Tilcock (1600) and senior Camille Braun (discus) all finished in second. Walker also finished third in the girls 200. Senior Michael Valdez (3200) and sophomore Joe Mixon (100) finished third for the Falcons.
Heritage junior Megan Neuhoff tied Morgan for second place in the long jump. Both girls’ final jumps measured 14-08. Junior Ian Johnson took second in the boys 300-meter hurtles with a time of 46.41. Junior Jason Brown (1600) finished third. Sophomore Samantha Cross finished third in the girls discus competition with a final throw of 48 feet, 1 inch.
The Patriots’ nine points earned them eighth place.
Antioch junior Lindsay McGrath won the girls 400 with a time of 61.39 for the Panthers’ only win of the day. Senior Jeremy Bittle secured third place in the long jump with a final jump of 18-05. Junior Raquel Bragg finished third in the girls 400.
Panthers head coach Meia Tezeno was impressed with her team’s early-season performance, considering Antioch is still developing as a track and field team. The Panthers finished with zero team points. “For our team, we had a lot of newbies that have never done track before,” said Tezeno. “For some of them, it was their very first meet. It was kind of crazy in the beginning with the weather, but 99 percent of our team was able to make it. They competed well for the first time.”
Pittsburg struggled Saturday, finishing 12th with one point, but junior Rebecca Garner won the girls discus competition with a final throw of 65 feet, 2 inches. The Pirates also won third place in the girls 4x100-meter relay. Ariana Larson, Crystal Rodriguez, Stephanie Maddox and Alexa Mahdi finished behind Deer Valley and Vallejo.