SACRAMENTO -- When Castro Valley High's Nate Moore heard his mark after his second attempt of the boys invitational triple jump at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, the only emotion he showed was a slight raise of his eyebrows.
But don't be swayed by the lack of emotion. What Moore had achieved was monumental at this elite track and field invitational Saturday at American River College.
His winning leap of 49 feet, 10 inches (wind-legal) not only set a meet record, it had national ramifications. Entering Saturday, Moore had the best wind-legal mark in the nation of 48-11 ½, and only one other high school athlete had a mark longer than 49-10 under any conditions, according to DyeStat.com.
"I'll take it any day," Moore said with a smile after the competition. "I never like to get too hyped (during a competition). I try to keep myself even-keeled through the whole event."
Still, the junior has bigger plans.
"I was excited, but I want to get that (50-footer)," he said. Moore also won the boys long jump with a wind-legal leap of 23-7 ¼.
The girls triple jump also certainly produced a national-caliber winning mark. Castro Valley's Sasha Wallace winning mark of 42-4 (wind-legal) betters the mark of Natasha Dicks of South Carolina (41-10), which led the nation entering Saturday, according to DyeStat.com.
"I'm really, really happy about that. I've been trying to get in that range, if not farther," said Wallace about her winning mark.
Wallace also won an unusual 100-meter hurdles race in which there were four starts. Head starter Joe Harper said that he called back the field the first time, determining that it was not a fair start. A false start followed, and then there was a malfunction of the starting gun on the next start before the race finally got underway on the fourth try.
"It is what it is. I got through it safe," said Wallace who won with a wind-legal time of 13.89. Her state-leading time this season is 13.43 (wind-legal).
Heritage's Frank Kurtz broke a 16-year-old meet record in the boys 400. Making up the stagger by approximately 200 meters, the junior sped to a time of 47.03. Entering Saturday, only three high school athletes in the nation had run the event faster, according to DyeStat.com.
"I definitely tried to go faster in the first 200," said Kurtz, adding that had been a weak spot of his race the past two years. San Leandro's Christian Carter, who was ranked second in the state in the event entering Saturday, did not run in Saturday's race.
East bay athletes dominated the 100 and 200.
In the boys 100 and 200, Kennedy-Richmond's Takkarist McKinley edged Jesuit-Carmichael's Austin Mitsch. McKinley won the 100 with a time of 10.77 (wind-legal). In the 200, McKinley trailed by approximately five meters with 100 to go before charging to a .01 victory with a time of 21.58 (wind-legal).
San Leandro's Gabriella Cantrell swept the girls 100 and 200 with wind-legal times of 11.76 and 24.17.
Castro Valley's boys 400 relay team of Cameron Edwards, Myles Speegle, Aaron Jones and Matt Speegle won that event with a time of 41.35. Acalanes' Michael Wang set a four-second personal record with his winning boys 1,600 time of 4:14.67.
De La Salle's Marquis Morris won the 110 high hurdles by .10 with a wind-legal time of 14.36.
Granada's Kirsten Mork was victorious in the girls high jump with a leap of 5-8. Deer Valley's 400-meter girls relay team won the event in 47.54. Monte Vista's Brooke Starn won the girls 3200 with a time of 10:46.77.
Campolindo 2, Acalanes 1: In the top of the ninth with two outs, Campolindo catcher Adam Remotto hit a chopper over reliever John York and beat out the throw to first for an infield single, as Ryan Hooper scored the go-ahead run from third base.
Pitcher Tyler Luckhurst held Acalanes scoreless in the bottom of the ninth as the Cougars remained in sole possession of first place in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League -- a game ahead of Alhambra and two up on Acalanes.
The game pitted powerhouse programs and reigning North Coast Section champions -- the Cougars (12-6-1, 6-1 DFAL) in Division II and Dons in Division III.
The Cougars had lost 2-1 to the Dons (14-6, 4-3) on March 19.
Campolindo left-hander Matt Ladrech went seven innings, allowing five hits, striking out six and walking two. Luckhurst worked the final two innings to get the win, striking out four.
Acalanes starter Andrew Merken scattered six hits over seven innings with six strikeouts.
-- Matt Schwab