From start to finish, the Patriots didn’t disappoint.
The boys team finished first in seven events, amassing 175 points to capture its fourth consecutive league title. The girls notched 139.5 points, finishing first in three events to secure their own league title.
The Pittsburg girls and boys teams both finished second, earning victories in the girls 800 and 1600 meters, 300-meter hurdles, 400-meter relay and pole vault competition.
The top six competitors in each of the meet’s 16 events will compete Saturday at the North Coast Section Tri-Valley Meet, held at Granada High in Livermore.
The Patriots were led by two-event winners sophomore Frank Kurtz (200 and 400 meters) and senior Clifford Obodo (110-meter hurdles and high jump).
Sophomores Zoey Millington (high jump), Sydney Berry (long jump), senior Kyle Thacker (discus), the 100-meter relay girls team, the 100-meter relay boys team and the 400-meter relay boys team also brought home victories for Heritage.
Freedom freshman Madison LaPierre added an element of excitement to the meet when she unexpectedly won the 400 meters just 10 hours after she competed in a daylong dance competition.
The Freedom girls team finished fourth and the boys fifth.
LaPierre later helped her 400-meter relay teammates Vanessa Espinoza, sophomore Sydney Gibbs and junior Mariah Walker to a second-place finish.
Juniors Lisa Tilcock and Joey Fajardo picked up the only other two victories for the Falcons when they swept the 3200-meter races.
“We had some surprises, so we’re really happy about that,” said Freedom head coach Glenn Briggs. “We as coaches knew they had the talent, and they finally put it together for the meet today.”
The Deer Valley boys team was in contention for second place all day, but was edged out by Pittsburg 80-75.
Senior Shawn Simms led the Wolverines boys team with wins in the long jump and 100 meters. Sophomore Nsimba Webster’s leap of 44 feet, 10 inches in the triple jump and LaVelle Hamlin’s time of 41.97 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles were also good enough for first place.
The Wolverines girls team was carried to third place by the tandem of junior LaShall Hamlin and freshman Kyra Canty-Milan.
Hamlin finished first in the 100 and 200 meters while Canty-Milan finished first in the shot put with a distance of 34-08 and first in the discus competition with a final effort of 107-08.
“I think she (Hamlin) did a good job,” said Wolverines head coach Bernard Stephens. “She showed a lot of poise and tenacity.”
Liberty sophomore Cody Mayer was a bright spot for the Lions boys team that finished fourth. His victories in the 800 and 1600 meters led the Liberty squad. Senior Jesus Morales also finished first in the pole vault competition for Liberty.
The Liberty girls team finished fifth, its sole victory coming from sophomore Rebekah McCarthy in the triple jump.
The Antioch boys and girls teams both finished last; neither team won any events.
Finishing second for the Panthers were seniors Selonia Ionzi (shot put), Eddie Robinson (100 meters) and the 100-meter relay boys team of seniors Josh Oseguera, Syree High, junior Darrian Jones and Robinson.