SAN LEANDRO -- Castro Valley High track and field star Nate Moore used a simple strategy to win the boys triple jump at the West Alameda County Conference Championships on Thursday.
Using a short six-step approach, Moore sailed 46 feet, 4 3/4 inches on his first and only attempt of the competition at Burrell Field. He passed his final five attempts.
Moore said that his goal was to "just really get a legal jump.
"I knew as long as I got a legal jump, I would advance (to the North Coast Section Bay Shore Area Championships)," said Moore, who led the state in the event entering the meet with a mark of 50-4 1/4. He is the defending CIF boys state champion on both the triple jump and long jump.
There were only three finals for both boys and girls Thursday, all in field events. The rest of the finals will be Saturday at Burrell Field. Field events start at 11 a.m. and track events begin at 1 p.m.
Moore was also the No. 3 qualifier for the 100 final, as he won his heat Thursday with a wind-aided time of 11.01 seconds. The top qualifiers in the event were Castro Valley's Aaron Jones (10.89 wind-legal) and San Leandro's Stephen Johnson (10.90 wind-legal). Both also won their heats. Jones also had the top 200 trials time (22.16 wind-legal).
Castro Valley's Kennedy Jones won the girls triple jump final with a mark of 37-4. She took the lead with a mark of 36-2 1/4 on her second attempt, then improved to 36-10 1/2 on her fourth attempt before her best mark in the sixth round. Bishop O'Dowd's Hana Johnson placed second (37-2 1/2). There were no wind readings on the jumping events.
Other girls event winners were Maria Salter of Castro Valley in the pole vault (8-0) and Natalie Mitchell of Bishop O'Dowd (107-5 3/4). Other boys event winners were Bishop O'Dowd's Camilo Eifler in the shot put (44-4) and teammate Matrix Shimizu in the pole vault (12-6).
San Leandro's Gabriella Cantrell was the top finals qualifier in the girls 100 (12.08 wind-legal) and 200 (24.91 wind-legal). Cantrell, who finished third in both events at the CIF state championship finals last year, missed much of this season due to a torn left hamstring suffered in mid-March. The 100 time would rank first in the NCS this season according to the PrepCalTrack.com NCS leaders list.
At Burrell Field, San Leandro
Team scores (after three events): Bishop O'Dowd 32, Castro Valley 31, Hayward 10, Arroyo 6, Piedmont 5, Encinal 4, San Leandro 4.
Individual results (top three placers): PV: Shimizu (BOD) 12-6, LeBlanc (CV) 12-0, Harrison (P) 9-0, Wallace (CV) 9-0; TJ: Moore (CV) 46-4 3/4, Longrus (BOD) 42-5; Clemensen (CV) 41-11; SP: Eifler (BOD) 44-4, Lyons (H) 42-9.5, Burns (Arr) 41-2.
At Burrell Field, San Leandro
Team scores (after three events): Castro Valley 35, Bishop O'Dowd 24, Hayward 18, Alameda 9, Piedmont 4, San Lorenzo 2.
Individual results (top three placers): PV: Salter (CV) 8-0, Richard (Ala) 7-6, Pica (CV) 6-6; TJ: Jones (CV) 37-4, Johnson (BOD) 37-2.5, Moore (BOD) 33-8; DT: Mitchell (BOD) 107-5 3/4, Eli (H) 101-9, Reid (H) 100-10.5.