Amador Valley's McKinnon third in state 800 finals Amador Valley High senior Conner McKinnon took third place in the 800 meters at the CIF state track and field finals in Clovis on June 7. McKinnon ran a personal-best time of 1 minute, 51.64 seconds, just off Dan Gabor's school record of 1:50.71. McKinnon also won the North Coast Section Tri-Valley Area and NCS Meet of Champions 800 titles, lowering his best time throughout the postseason. The Dons' boys 1,600 relay team finished fifth in the state in a season-best time of 3:16.15. The Dons finished third last year in the 1,600 relay in 3:13.57, after placing seventh in 2012, in 3:21.74. McKinnon and Ja'Maun Charles earned spots on the state medal stand for the second straight year in the event.
-- Matt Schwab
Reichenbach, Mork shine in girls high jump Foothill's Rachel Reichenbach and Granada's Kirsten Mork both made the finals in the high jump at the state track and field championships. Both Reichenbach and Mork jumped 5 feet, 7 inches in the preliminaries to advance to the finals, and both jumped 5-6 in the finals, with Reichenbach taking seventh and Mork finishing tied for eighth.
Gaels golf completes record-setting season The Dublin boys golf team made its first trip to the CIF state tournament a success, finishing in a tie for second place at San Gabriel Country Club on June 4. The Gaels had a team score of 371. Junior Jacob Solomon led the Gaels with a 1-under 70, and senior Chris Larsen shot a 71. Senior Justin Choi shot a 74, and sophomores Hayden Hui and Rei Echizenya both had 78s. William Choi carded an 82. Dublin won a sixth consecutive Diablo Foothill Athletic League title this season. Foothill's Tanner Hughes shot a 70 to finish tied for sixth with Solomon and three others and help Foothill take fourth.
-- Matt Schwab
Stars of the week Ja'Maun Charles, Amador Valley track and field -- Charles helped the Dons' 1,600 relay team to a fifth-place finish at the state meet and finished ninth in the 100 meters in a time of 10.74. Tanner Hughes, Foothill golf -- The Cal-bound star shot a 70 at the state tourney to complete his brilliant career by leading the NorCal champion Falcons to a fourth-place finish as a team. Chris Larsen, Dublin golf -- Larsen shot an even-par 71 at the state golf tournament to help the Gaels to their best-ever finish. Megan McCandless, Granada track and field -- McCandless finished 11th in the girls 3,200 at the state meet in a time of 10:32.82. Mecca McGlaston, Dublin track and field -- McGlaston won the 100 meter hurdles state title in a personal record time of 13.54 in Clovis. Conner McKinnon, Amador Valley track and field -- McKinnon placed third in the 800 at the state meet with an exceptional time of 1:51.64, the third best mark in the state overall this year. Tyler Olson, Livermore track and field -- Olson capped his strong season with an eighth-place finish in the 1,600 meters at the state meet in a time of 4:13.25.