PLEASANTON -- Monte Vista High's Brooke Starn appears to be peaking at just the right time.

A week after the Mustangs sophomore captured the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the East Bay Athletic League championships, Starn won both events again, this time at the North Coast Section Tri-Valley Area meet at Amador Valley on May 24.

Starn won a close 1,600 over Chloe Hansel of Las Lomas and Brighie Leach of Campolindo, in 4:54.34, then held off Megan McCandless of Granada in the 3,200 in 10:58.61.

Starn and other local athletes now turn their attention to the NCS Meet of Champions on May 30-31 at Cal's Edwards Stadium. Entering last week, Starn had the best time in the section this season in the 1,600 (4:53.13) and the second best time in the 3,200 (10:36.51).

A sensational duel between Livermore's Tyler Olson and De La Salle's Blair Hurlock was another highlight of the Tri-Valley meet.

Olson lopped seven seconds off his personal best time and upset Blair Hurlock of De La Salle. Olson finished in 4 minutes, 7.99 seconds, and the Stanford-bound Hurlock had a personal best of 4:08.33.

Both marks were just off state-leader Garrett Corcoran of Villa Park (4:06) and are in the top five all-time in the section. The same duo went one-two in the Tri-Valley meet 1,600 last year, but Hurlock prevailed in 4:15.82.

Deer Valley easily won the girls team title with 95 points, and Amador Valley won the boys crown with 80.


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Hurlock and Olson were also under the old Tri-Valley meet mark in the 3,200, with Hurlock prevailing handily in 9:13.71 and Olson running a 9:18.96.

In other meet highlights, the Amador Valley boys 1,600 relay team rallied for a thrilling win over San Ramon Valley, as Dons anchor JaMaun Charles, who won the 100 and 200, ran down the Wolves' anchor. The Dons' quartet of Ledre McCullough, Chris Bayley, Charles and Conner McKinnon, the impressive 800 winner, ran best time of 3:17.49.

Dublin's Mecca McGlaston was a double-winner in the girls 100 hurdles and 200, with fast times.

McKinnon, whose time in the 800 was a solid 1:54.99, has lofty goals of winning a state championship and breaking Dan Gabor's school record of 1:50.7. He looked confident and strong kicking away on the last lap on his home track.

Staff writer Matt Schwab contributed to this story.

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