CLOVIS -- The reaction of De La Salle High's Marquis Morris was quick and declarative.
The junior clapped quickly two times after he crossed the finish line in the boys 110-meter high hurdles final Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships. He had just run a personal record of 13.90 seconds to win the event by .18.
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 of the race at Buchanan High.
"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."
Castro Valley's Nate Moore also used a clap to show his reaction to a big performance. On his fifth attempt in the boys long jump, the junior sailed 24 feet, 11¾ inches (wind-legal). After hearing the mark, he put his head down and clapped once. That ended up being the winning mark.
"I was the underdog in that event. I was not supposed to win," Moore said.
But Moore wasn't done. He exploded with a wind-legal mark of 50 feet, 11¾ inches on the final attempt of the boys triple jump to win. Entering Saturday, the top wind-legal mark in the nation was 50-8 ¼ 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 a pair of 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.
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 with 47 points. Castro Valley was the top Northern California boys team with a third-place finish (25 points).
The Castro Valley boys 400-meter relay team of Cameron Edwards, Myles Speegle, Aaron Jones and Matthew Speegle finished third with an outstanding time of 41.01. There were a number of top-six finishes from East Bay male athletes.
Amador Valley's 1,600 relay team of Ja'Maun Charles, Conner McKinnon, Darnell Roberson and Josh Slaton placed third in 3:13.57. Hercules' 1,600 relay team of Jalen Doss, Armani Reynolds, Marquis Davenport and Antwain Prowes was fifth in 3:15.07, another great time.
In the 400, Heritage's Frank Kurtz was fourth (47.14) and San Leandro's Christian Carter was sixth (47.56). James Logan's Jeffrey Prothro Jr. was fourth in the triple jump (48-4 ¼).
Notre Dame-Sherman Oak's Khalfani Muhammad, a Cal football signee, won both the boys 100 and 200 with outstanding wind-legal times of 10.33 and 20.86 respectively.