The East Bay’s top track and field stars met in Dublin over the weekend for the North Coast Section (NCS) Tri-Valley Championship.

Every Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) school had athletes finish well, and four events were won by BVAL athletes.

Oakley’s Freedom High School senior Giovanni Larrea won the boys long jump with 22 feet, 1.5 inches. Pittsburg athletes won the remaining three events. Senior John Maka won the boys discus (178-06), Gabriella Serrianni won the girls shot put (39-00.00), while the team of Aqeelah Hasim, Ariane Nelson, Elaija Danridge and Trinity Bolden won the girls 4x100 relay.

Overall, the Tri-Valley Championship was a good one for the Pirates. The girls tied for first in the team event, while the boys came in fifth. Pittsburg finished in the top eight in all eight relays.

Dearen Idahosa, Willie Harts III, Jonzi Smith and Jalen Adams finished second in the boys 4x100 in 42.83 seconds, Chaison Wesley, Clarence Strong, Lamont Fortenberry and Jorden Fletcher finished sixth in the boys 4x400 (3:29.78), while Danridge, Sharon Amoah, Anaya Block and Bolden took eighth in the girls 4x100 (4:10.68). Nelson, the sophomore, took second in the 100 (11.96), third in the 100 hurdles (15.76) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (48.65). Bolden, her junior relay teammate, finished fourth in the 100 meter (12.11) and fifth in the 200 (25.21).

In addition to her shot put win, Serrianni finished fifth in the discus (106-08), one spot ahead of her teammate, senior Fianna Logoleo Tasi (106-01).

Adams took fourth in both the 100 (11.05) and 200 (22.66). Junior Jonzi Smith took third in the 110 hurdles (15.41), Premier Murphy was sixth in the long jump (20-10.75), Willie Harts III was sixth in the 200 (22.75), and Nicholas Moseley was seventh in the 300 (42.44).

For Heritage, the standout performer was senior Ingrid Neukirchen. She took seventh in the girls 100 (12.28), 200 (25.45) and, along with Jayden Sanders, Morgan Wakefield and Jenna Walton, took eighth on the 4x100 relay (50.33). The girls 4x400 relay team of Lauren Lane, Jenna Walton, Sabrina Rogers and Kaya Scott also finished strong, taking seventh place (4:07.77).

The boys 800 meter was a strong event for the Patriots. Junior Gabriel Preciado finished in fourth (1:57.43), while sophomore Robert Foreman took sixth (1:58.83). Senior Kidest Befikadu finished sixth in the girls high jump (4-10.00), and junior Travis Simmons took eighth in the boys long jump (20-05.25).

Beyond Larrea’s long jump win, the Freedom boys had a handful of solid finishes. Larrea was seventh in the triple jump (42-00.00). In the discus, junior Jacob Hawkins finished third (152-09), while fellow junior Ty Seligman was eighth (137-11). Liberty sophomore Akili Calhoun was between them in fourth (148-04). Freedom Freshman Kylee Denver also finished fourth in the girls 800, while Liberty junior Cody Muth was eighth in the boys 400 (51.31).

Antioch sophomore Jailen Weaver contributed to the strong BVAL finishes in the boys’ discus, taking second (157-06). He was also runner-up in the boys shot put (48-00.50). Juniors Jayson Wade (11.09) and Ahmon Jones (11.1) took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the boys 100 and, along with Brandon Canty and Aaron Lacy, finished fourth in the 4×100 relay (43.19).

Deer Valley senior Patrick Robinson finished fifth in the boys long jump and senior Jordan Pringle was seventh in the boys shot put (45-07.25).

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