CCC stars hone skills at championship meet

May 13, 2013 

— Brandy Coward has learned to take nothing for granted.

The Buhach Colony sophomore had high hopes going into Friday night's Central California Conference meet, but acknowledged that until she crossed the finish line nothing was certain.

Coward didn't completely meet her goals for the day, but took what she hopes is a first step toward a return to the state meet with conference titles in the 200- and 400-meter races.

Coward ran a personal best in the 200 with a 25.25 seconds and just missed out on a PR in the 400 with a 59.30.

"I'm very pleased with how the day went," Coward said. "I work hard and give it my all, but you're not going to win every time. So winning both events and knocking time off of my 200 was very nice."

It was a good all-around day for the Coward family, with twin sister Barbara pulling the rare triple-victory combo of the 100 (12.97), discus (119 feet) and the shot put (34-10).

Atwater senior Dallas Hoofard also came away with a pair of victories, winning both hurdle events.

Hoofard was pleased with his 110-meter hurdle time of 14.96 seconds, but was frustrated with his 300 hurdle time of 39.59

The mark of 38.19 seconds he set earlier this season still stands as the best time in the Sac-Joaquin Section this season.

"I'm a little disappointed," said Hoofard, who advanced to the state meet last year in the 300 hurdles. "It's been a month since I ran a 38.19 at the West Coast Relays and I haven't been near that mark since.

"I don't know why. It must be something mental."

Golden Valley junior Afolabi Olabode holds the top mark in the shot put with a throw of 58 feet, 3 inches, which he set last week at the Sacramento Meet of Champions.

Olabode won the CCC title in the shot put Friday with a mark of 57-6.

"Today I was going for 58 or 59 feet," Olabode said. "I had some good throws this week. I feel I could have done better."

Merced senior Jamie Hoornaert had a meet to remember as she finished off her undefeated run in the CCC with a win in the 3,200.

Hoornaert's time of 11 minutes, 56.94 seconds came after setting a personal best in the 1,600 earlier in the day.

"The PR made it tougher, but it was my last high school race so I decided to go for it," Hoornaert said. "The mile isn't my thing because it's too short. The (3,200) has kind of been my baby. I had a little streak going and I wanted to win the last race to continue the streak."

Atwater's Abraham Alvarado was a double-winner with victories in the 1,600 (4:28.14) and 800 (1:58.41). Merced's Brendan Yaley also won a pair of events with victories in the long jump (28-5) and triple jump (41-4).

The Golden Valley duo of Ryan Pust and Harman Purewal had impressive showings. Pust cleared 15-10 in winning the pole vault. Purewal won the high jump with a leap of 6-4.

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