CLOVIS -- San Leandro High's Nijae Jones was involved in a collision in the opening seconds of the girls' 800 meter race on Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships at Buchanan High.
The collision caused the race to be called back, but Jones collected herself and proceeded to set a personal record to finish second in 2 minutes, 9.91 seconds.
"(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).
Jones also teamed with Camille Watson, Kortni Smyers-Jones and Gabriella Cantrell to place third in the girls 400 relay (46.57). Newark Memorial's team of Taylor Craft, Marucedez Potts, Mianni Brown and Camille Deadwiler placed sixth in 47.11.
Cantrell also earned a couple of third-place finishes in the sprints with times of 11.67 in the 100 (wind-legal) and 23.79 in the 200 (wind-legal).
Smyers-Jones was fourth in the 100 hurdles (14.05). Carondelet's Christina Chenault added a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 39-9 ¼ (wind-legal).
San Leandro finished second in the team standings with 31 points. Long Beach Poly was first with 49 points, and Castro Valley, led by Sasha Wallace, was third with 23 points.
Wallace had no idea that she had set East Bay high school history when she left the track Saturday after her events at the state championships.
Wallace became the first girl from an East Bay high school to win two straight state individual titles in the same two events. Wallace first won the girls triple jump on Saturday by more than one 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 with a wind-legal time of 13.43.
"Oh my God, that is amazing," said Wallace after hearing about the history she had set. "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 (wind-legal).
Wallace, a senior transfer from Holy Names, 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)," she said. Wallace also placed sixth in the long jump with a wind-legal mark of 18-11.
St. Mary's 1,600 relay team of Spencer Moore, Carly Schulz, Zoie Campbell and Chloe Jenkins placed fifth in 3:48.31. Mission San Jose's Ariel Cheng tied for sixth in the pole vault (12-0).