CLOVIS -- Castro Valley High's Sasha Wallace achieved a rare feat by successfully defending her two state track and field individual titles Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships at Buchanan High.
Next year, her teammate Nate Moore will get the opportunity to do the same thing.
Wallace won the girls triple jump by more than a foot with her first attempt of 41 feet, 9½ inches (wind-legal). Then she had to miss the awards ceremony for the triple jump to get ready for the 100-meter hurdles, which she won by .31 seconds with a wind-legal time of 13.43.
Wallace became the first girl from an East Bay high school to win two straight state individual titles in the same two events.
"It is just all a blessing," said Wallace, a senior transfer from Holy Names. She also placed sixth in the long jump with a wind-legal mark of 18-11.
Wallace had different challenges in winning the two titles this year.
"I had to triple jump, which is harder on my body, before my hurdles this year. But I train in practice to do (that)."
Moore had to wait a little longer for his two victories, but they were just as sweet. After taking the lead in the boys long jump on his fifth attempt with a personal-record leap of 24-11¾ (wind-legal) and holding on, the junior exploded with a wind-legal mark of 50 feet, 11¾ inches on the final attempt of the boys triple jump. Entering Saturday, the top wind-legal mark in the nation was 50-8¼ according to PrepCalTrack.com.
"I just want to thank God for having me come out here to compete to the best of my ability," said Moore, a transfer from Bishop O'Dowd who set two personal records Saturday. "I knew (the winning triple jump attempt) was big as soon as I hit the pit."
Moore was leading the triple jump before his big mark but was second by an inch to Adoree Jackson of Serra in the long jump before his defining mark.
"I was an underdog in that event. I was not supposed to win," he said.
In a title run for the East Bay, De La Salle's Marquis Morris powered through the 110 high hurdles final to win in a personal-record 13.90 seconds (wind-legal). Morris was first to the first hurdle but lost the lead briefly in the middle of the race before remaining strong in the final half to win by .18.
"From the start, my heart was pounding," the junior said. "The first three hurdles were pretty clean. My coaches said, 'Take a deep breath once you get to three and just go.' "
The East Bay also had a number of second-place finishers.
San Leandro's Nijae Jones was involved in a collision in the first 100 meters of the girls 800 that caused the race to be called back. She collected herself and proceeded to set a personal record to finish second in 2:09.91.
"(Competitors) started to come in too soon. I tripped and scraped up my knees and my hands," said Jones about the collision. "I told myself I had to get back in my game-set.
Jones made a move to take a slight lead with approximately 280 meters to go, but she could not hold off Mikaela Smith of Clovis North (2:08.39).
Then Acalanes' Adler Faulkner set a huge personal record (1:51.30) to place second in the boys 800.
"It was just awesome. I've been dreaming about (the last 300 meters of this race) the last few weeks, just getting that kick solid," said the Cornell-bound Faulkner, who set a personal record in the event in his fourth straight race. "(The leaders) just pulled me through the first 400, and then I just started making moves."
Amador Valley's Sam Peters ran an outstanding race to finish second in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a personal-record time of 37.45.
"I felt clean, everyone in front of me was clean, I didn't hit any hurdles," said Peters, who has signed with Chico State.
Serra-Gardena won the boys team title, and Long Beach Poly won the girls team title.