BERKELEY -- The final North Coast Section meet of Sasha Wallace's high school career was one for the record books.
In her newest event, the Castro Valley High star tied an NCS Meet of Champions record Saturday with her girls long jump victory. The mark of 20 feet, 2 inches (wind-aided) matched former Hercules standout Jamesha Youngblood's mark in 2007.
Wallace also achieved a rare feat by winning three NCS Meet of Champions individual titles. She successfully defended her championship in the 100-meter hurdles with an impressive victory in 13.73 seconds while battling a 1.8-meter per second head-wind. Tough head-winds plagued the sprints Saturday at Edwards Stadium. On Friday, Wallace successfully defended her triple jump title (41-81/2 wind-aided).
"It's a great way to finish my senior year," Wallace said before rushing off to her prom. "To win all three is a blessing."
Wallace enters next week's state championships in Clovis as the defending champion in the 100 hurdles and triple jump, and her performance Saturday in the long jump moves her closer to national leader Courtney Corrin of Harvard-Westlake (20-11).
In Saturday's long jump, the Oregon-bound Wallace took the lead on her first jump (18-93/4 wind-aided) before getting all of the board on her second attempt to sail 20-2 and smash her personal record by nearly a foot. It was only her fourth competition in the event ever.
San Leandro won the girls team title (56 points) behind two individual wins from junior Gabriella Cantrell. She shook off a recall in the initial girls 100 start due to a timing malfunction and charged in approximately the last 40 meters to win the race in 12.15 (into a 2.5 mps head-wind).
She completed a sprint double-win with a 24.70 performance in the 200 (into a 2.8 mps head-wind). She also joined Camille Watson, Kortni Smyers-Jones and Nijae Jones to win the 400 relay in 47.28.
Jones also won the 800 in 2 minutes, 11.21 seconds, the No. 3 mark in the state this season, according to PrepCalTrack.com. Jones led at the 400 and ran a 1:05.41 final 400 meters to win by 1.72 seconds.
"It's the best thing ever," said an exhausted Jones about winning the NCS Meet of Champions title. "I've wanted to win since freshman year. I'm so happy."
Campolindo's Brighie Leach set an 19-second personal record in her girls 3,200 win. The sophomore made a strong move in the final mile to produce a time of 10:41.45.
"I felt pretty good going into the fifth lap and I was trying to go for (80-second 400-meter splits)," said Leach, who ran a faster second mile than her first.
St. Mary's junior Carly Schulz also set a personal record to win the girls 300 low hurdles in 44.45 seconds.
"I was pretty happy with my start. I got out pretty aggressive, which saved me at the end," Schulz said.
Schulz also joined Spencer Moore, Zoie Campbell and Chloe Jenkins to win the 1,600 relay in 3:52.22.
The 1,600 and 400 were won by a pair of East Bay Athletic League athletes. Granada's Maryann Gong, who held the lead for much of the 1,600 before College Park's Kendall Stuscavage made a move with approximately 250 to go, came back in the final straightaway to win in 5:02.87. Carondelet's
Christina Chenault made a strong move in the final five meters of the 400 to win in 55.75.
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