CASTRO VALLEY -- Chloe Jenkins of St. Mary's High made an impact in the beginning, middle and end of the girls track events Saturday at the North Coast Section Bay Shore Area Track and Field Championships.
Jenkins first came from behind to anchor the Panthers to a 400-meter relay win in 48.00 seconds.
"I had no idea what came over me in the 400 relay. I surprised myself," said Jenkins, who has never run an open 100-meter race.
The 6-foot-1 junior then was successful in the difficult 400-800 double, producing the top times of 57.15 in the 400 and 2:15.90 in the 800, the latter of which included another impressive kick that started with less than 200 meters remaining. She had less than an hour between the two events.
"I knew I had the speed to finish it," said Jenkins about the 800. "I didn't want it to be a photo finish."
In the final girls track event of the meet, she again came from behind to anchor the Panthers to a 1600 relay victory in 3:51.42. Jenkins' split was an impressive 55.4.
"It's the combination of strength and speed that some runners don't have," said St. Mary's sprint coach Jay Lawson about Jenkins' success Saturday. "She's very competitive and a smart runner."
Jenkins said that she would be dropping the 400 after this meet.
The Panthers also received two individual wins from Spencer Moore in the 1600 (5:05.43) and 3200 (11.24.44), as St. Mary's won the girls team title with 93 points. Moore also led off for the 1600 relay team in their victory.
Teammate Carly Schulz won the 300 low hurdles (44.71) and was a member of both winning relay teams, as was Kenady Jackson. MaAne' Mosley ran the first leg of the 400 relay for the Panthers, and was also fourth in the long jump (17 feet, 8 inches). Briahn Brown also won the high jump (5-4) for St. Mary's.
El Cerrito's Kayla Robinson also had quite a meet. She had the fastest time in the 100 low hurdles (14.34), and had the second-fastest time in both the 100 (12.24) and the 300 low hurdles (45.36).
Other top-four performances from local girls athletes included Albany's Suzanne Becker in the 800 (fourth, 2:18.18) and Berkeley's Odiri Ntekume in the 300 low hurdles (fourth, 48.92).
James Logan won the boys team title with 89 points. Karsten Wethington won the triple jump with an impressive mark of 49 feet, 4 1/2 inches, and the Colts' Rufus Wollo produced the best 400 time (48.96).
St. Mary's Ja'Vion Robinson had the fastest time in the 110 high hurdles (14.79) and the second-fastest time in the 300 intermediate hurdles (39.38). Teammate Ron Smith had the third-fastest time in the 300 hurdles (39.48) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.94).
Harold Terrell also had a pair of top-four boys finishes, placing second in the high jump (6-6) and third in the long jump (22-1). Berkeley's Camden Sikes had the second-fastest time in the boys 800 (1:57.57).
Other local boys athletes with top-four finishes included Smith in the triple jump (third, 47-0 1/4), St. Mary's Jovani Barajas in the 1600 (third, 4:26.50), St. Mary's Malik Stinson in the triple jump (fourth, 43-10 1/4) and the St. Mary's 400 relay team (fourth, 43.16).