San Leandro High's Andre McBride and Kennedy-Richmond's Kenneth Walker III each had their own motivations Saturday at the Sacramento Meet of Champions invitational session. But they both achieved the same result -- the fastest times in the state this season in events.
Walker became the first California high schoolboy this season to break 14 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, according to the DyeStat Elite 100 rankings. His time of 13.75 seconds at American River College was barely wind-aided (2.1 meters per second).
"Every track meet I look up the record and try to beat it," Walker said. The meet record is 13.69, set by California's David Klech in 2006. "I didn't get it, but overall I'm happy."
Walker, a senior, also won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 38.14, saying it was the first time he had raced in that event in at least two years. He also ran the second leg for Kennedy's victorious 400 relay team (42.27).
McBride watched Kyree King of Colony-Ontario win the boys 100 in a wind-legal 10.54 seconds, which is tied for the fastest time in the state this season. He was determined to beat King in the 200 later in the meet.
In an outstanding race, McBride outleaned King at the finish to win in 21.204 seconds. King had a time of 21.210. The fastest high school time in the state entering this weekend was 21.32 by Khalfani Muhammad of Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks.
Holy Names' Sasha Wallace won a pair of girls individual events with
She easily won the triple jump with a wind-legal mark of 41 feet, 83/4 inches, which came on her first attempt. Entering this weekend, Wallace had the top high school girls triple jump mark in the nation this season (42-43/4).
Wallace also won the 100 hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.62. She has a wind-aided mark of 13.43 this season, which ranks third in the state under all conditions.
"At practice, I always switch modes from hurdling to jumping. It's a transition you have to work on," Wallace said.
Deer Valley's Shawn Simms uncorked a wind-aided jump of 24 feet, 5 inches to win the boys long jump. Entering this weekend, only Walter Jones of Redlands had a longer jump in the state under any conditions (24-51/2).
Other East Bay invitational session event winners included Heritage sophomore Frank Kurtz in the boys 400 (48.25), James Logan's Jeff Prothro in the boys triple jump (48-1/2 wind legal), Alhambra's Praise Adesida in the girls discus (132-5) and the Logan boys 1600 relay team (3:20.01).
Casa Grande-Petaluma 7, College Park 1: Francis Christy hit two home runs, including a three-run shot in the third inning that broke a 1-1 tie, to lead the Gauchos past the host Falcons in a nonleague game.
College Park, which came into Saturday on a five-game win streak, managed just three hits off Casa Grande starter Anthony Bender and did not get a runner past second base after the second inning. The Falcons also hurt themselves with three errors.
With runners on first and second, Christy took a Joe DeMers curveball over the right field fence to give Casa Grande (13-5) a 4-1 lead. It was the first home run allowed by College Park (13-5) this season as DeMers, a freshman, entered the game with a 6-0 record and a 0.76 ERA in seven games.
College Park's run came in the bottom of the second when Ryan Reeder scored from third base on ground ball by Jake Harr. But Bender stymied the Falcons' offense for the rest of the game, inducing two double-plays and finishing with three strikeouts.
-- Curtis Pashelka