West High’s freshman-sophomore track and field squads both claimed first place at the East Bay Invitational meet Saturday and are proving to be the teams to beat this year.
West’s boys dominated their division with a score of 109.33, well ahead of second-place San Ramon Valley (43.76) and 20 other teams at California High School in San Ramon.
West’s 4x100-meter relay team of Christian Velasco, Dion Collier, Justin Velasco and Matthew Roe, all sophomores, logged a first-place time of 45.47 seconds, a meet record. The same team won the 800-meter sprint medley relay (1:40.71), and the team of freshman Emmanuel Turner, sophomore Marcel Dancy, Roe and Collier won the 4x400 relay (3:42.59).
First-place finishes were recorded by Collier in the 100 (11.62) and Roe in the long jump (20 feet, 4 inches). Christian Velasco won the triple jump (39-6), just ahead of his sophomore teammate, Paul Payumo (39-01.75).
Local athletes also dominated the freshman-sophomore boys discus, with Kimball High’s Hayden Linnebur in first with a meet record (125-11.25). Emran Kazem, also from Kimball, was second (114-07); Elijah Hunter, from West, was third (112-3.5); and West’s Andy Perez was fourth (109-6).
West’s freshman-sophomore girls were first among 25 teams with a score of 86. West sophomore Ivie Eboigbodin led her team with wins in the 100 hurdles (16.14) and 300 hurdles (46.74), both meet records.
Kimball High had two first-place winners in the varsity boys division. Senior Damon Jackson won the 100 (11.07), and senior Brandon Soeung was first in the 110 hurdles (15.98), just ahead of his teammate Jodaan Johnson Brown (16.00, second).
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