Two Golden Valley athletes claim section crowns

Olabode, Pust big winners in Elk Grove

May 20, 2013 

— ELK GROVE — Golden Valley High track coach Tim Pust could see the frustration on the face of Afolabi Olabode.

The Cougars junior was sitting in his second place in the shot put with just one throw to go.

"He was irritated that somebody was ahead of him," Pust said. "I could see he was upset. I knew something would happen."

Something did.

Olabode uncorked a throw of 59 feet, 8 inches to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship at Elk Grove High on Friday night.

"I wouldn't say I throw better when I'm mad, but I get more focused," said Olabode, whose mark is the eighth best in the state. "I was just happy to get one out there to be honest."

Olabode still fell short of his goal of 60 feet. He's hoping he'll have to more track meets to reach that distance with the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet next week and the CIF State Meet after that.

"We stopped for lunch on the way up and Afolabi was eating a sandwich," Pust said. "He looked at his sandwich and said, 'This is my 60-foot sandwich.' "

Olabode was one of three area athletes to win a Division 1 title this week. The top 12 in each event qualified for Masters next week back at Elk Grove High.

Golden Valley teammate Ryan Pust also won, the last one of the day, by clearing 15-1 in boys pole vault.

Buhach Colony's 4x100 boys relay team of Matthew Moreno, Chandler Jefferson, DeAngelo Andrews and Jayce Webster finished first, tying the top time in the section this year with a time of 42.15 seconds.

Thunder sophomore Brandy Coward had an impressive day with two second place finishes in the 400 and 200. Coward ran a 56.41 in the 400 and a 25.24 in the 200.

"I'm pretty satisfied, I ran (personal best) times in both," Coward said. "I bettered my times from Wednesday. I plan to do bigger and better things next week at Masters."

Coward was in tight races, including a narrow loss to Laguna Creek's Kamaya Tucker (25.16) in the 200. Both runners embraced after the race.

"I talked to her on Wednesday after the race and she told me she was coming for me," Coward said. "She got me, but I got her in the 400 so we're even."

Coward's twin sister Barbara finished second in the shot put with a throw of 132-7.5.

Atwater senior Dallas Hoofard turned in the fifth fastest time in the state this year at the 300 hurdles. However, his time of 37.89 was only good for second place because Oak Ridge's Jacob Sipes recorded the third fastest time in California at 37.77.

"I think I had the lead going to the second to last hurdle," Hoofard said. "I'm just happy I finally broke 38 seconds. I know I'm going to have a tough race next week, but that fifth best time in the state is going to be on my mind. I want to get to that final race."

Hoofard might have came away with the win, but he ran through the final hurdle.

"I should have took one more step," Hoofard said. "I stretched too far, trying to reach for the hurdle. By then I was exhausted. I thought I had longer legs."

Buhach Colony sprinters fared will with Matthew Moreno (22.26) finishing third in the 200 and Chandler Jefferson (11.11) placing fourth in the 100.

Atwater's Abraham Alvarado qualified in the 800 (1:57.88) and 1600 (4:25.94) with seventh and 10th place finishes, respectively.

Merced's Mahogany Stitt and Golden Valley's Harman Purewall won high jump titles in events held on Wednesday. Stitt won with a jump of 5-5 and Purewall cleared 6-6.

"That was a big goal for me," Stitt said. "I felt a rush when I cleared it. When I went over I felt I touched the bar. I kind of panicked, but then it was a sense of relief."

TRACK AND FIELD

Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 Championships

At Elk Grove

(Top 3 Finishers and local qualifiers)

BOYS

4x100 — 1. Buhach Colony, 42.15; 2. St. Mary's 42.50; 3. Elk Grove, 42.46; 5. Merced 42.62; 6. Atwater, 43.02. 1600 — 1. Trent Brendel (Granite Bay), 4:14.37; 2. Garrett Migliozzi (Nevada Union), 4:16.57; 3. Jon Horvath (Woodcreek), 4:17.64; 8. Noah Heese (Modesto), 4:25.16; 10. Abraham Alvarado (Atwater), 4:25.94; 110 Hurdles — 1. Andre Lindsey (Stagg), 14.47; 2. Alonzo Easter (Lincoln), 14.61; 3. Dallas Hoofard (Atwater), 14.77; 400 — 1. Bryce Houston (Rodriguez), 48.10; 2. Cameron Stone (Sheldon), 48.39; 3. Armando Martinez (Elk Grove), 49.10; 11. Ramon Vargas (Atwater), 50.07;

100 — 1. Austin Mitsch (Jesuit), 10.63; 2. Nate Jones (Tracy), 10.97; 3. Aaron Short (Rodriguez), 10.97; 4. Chandler Jefferson (Buhach Colony), 11.11; 11. Jayce Webster (Buhach Colony) 11.28; 800 — 1. David French (Nevada Union), 1:53.71; 2. Paul Mohr (Davis), 1:54.70; 3. Trent Brendel (Granite Bay), 1:55.02; 7. Abraham Alvarado (Atwater), 1:57.88; 300 Hurdles — 1. Jacob Sipes (Oak Ridge) 37.77; 2. Dallas Hoofard (Atwater), 37.89; 3. Andre Lindsey (Stagg), 39.16; 200 — 1. Austin Mitsch (Jesuit), 21.40; 2. Javonte Norman (St. Mary's), 22.25; 3. Matthew Moreno (Buhach Colony), 22.26; 7. Jevon Hogan (Turlock), 22.88; 9. Chandler Jefferson (Buhach Colony), 22.41; 3200 — 1. Paul Zeiss (Granite Bay), 9:22.66; 2. Cooper Gill (Lincoln), 9:24.60; 3. George Miao (Rocklin), 9:25.11; 4x400 — 1. Sheldon, 3:20.75; 2. Davis, 3:22.59; 3. Roseville, 3:22.81; 5. Atwater, 3:22.96; 12. Buhach Colony, 3:26.80;

Shot Put — 1. Afolabi Olabode (Golden Valley), 59-8; 2. Sina Javidan-Nejad (Jesuit), 58-4.5; 3. Austin White (Jesuit), 54-4.5; 4. Zach Hines (Atwater), 53-1; 11. Aaron Lusher (Pitman), 49-2.5.; Long Jump — 1. Dwayne Lee (Bear Creek) 23-01; 2. Richard Cooper (Pleasant Grove), 22.09.5; 3. Roman Geiger (Monterey Trail), 22-01.25; 5. Dazjhante Frazier (Merced), 21-07.25;

GIRLS

4x100 — 1. Franklin-EG, 48.2; 2. Rodriguez, 48.43; 3. Monterey Trail, 48.79; 9. Pitman, 49.21; 10. Merced, 49.78; 1600 — 1. Faith Makau (Enochs), 4:58.50; 2. Sophie Meads (Davis), 5:02.21; 3. Miranda Myers (St. Francis), 5:02.24; 11. Mariah Banks (Golden Valley), 5:14.56; 400 — 1. Lauren Reed (Rodriguez), 55.85; 2. Brandy Coward (Buhach Colony), 56.41; 3. Ellie Eaton (Davis), 56.62; 12. Taylor Brown (Merced), 59.73; 100 Hurdles — 1. Daria Cooke (Vacaville), 14.02; 2. Pattriana Perry (Vacaville), 14.24; 3. Ciara Levy (Monterey Trail), 7. Kelsee Derr (Pitman), 16.09; 100 — 1. Chinyere Dike (Franklin), 12.43; 2. Ronieka Robinson (Edison), 12.45; 3. Liesl Sherhall (Rocklin), 12:48;

800 — Laney Teaford (Davis), 2:15.46; 2. Faith Makau (Enochs), 2:15.56; 3. Ashley Kittle (Woodcreek), 2:16.53; 300 Hurdles — 1. Pattriana Perry (Vacaville), 43.01; 2. Daria Cook (Vacaville), 43.07; 3. Ciara Levy (Monterey Trail), 44.67; 5. Mallory Patino (Turlock), 45.27; 8. Kelsee Derr (Pitman), 47.42; 200 — 1. Kamaya Tucker (Laguna Creek), 25.16; 2. Brandy Coward (Buhach Colony), 25.24; 3. Chinyere Dike (Franklin)25.46, 11. Kiana Clay (Pitman), 26.08; 3200 — 1. Lauren LaRocco (St. Francis), 10:53.30; 2. Mackenzie Mills (Vintage), 10:55.72; 3. Fiona O'Keefe (Davis), 10:55.91;

4x400 — 1. St. Francis, 3:53.65; 2. Davis, 3:53.66; 3. Vacaville, 3:55.54; Long Jump — 1. Jannell Hadnot (Tokay), 18-5.75; 2. Ginika Dike (St. Mary's), 18.1.5; 3. Natalie Cartan (Rocklin), 17-11.5; 7. Cierra Booz (Turlock), 16-11.75; Pole Vault — 1. Kylee Trageser (Ponderosa), 12-08; 2. Melissa Maneatis (Del Oro), 11-05; 3. Hayley Carbullido (St. Francis), 11-02; 6. Lindsey Phillips (Pitman), 11-00; Discus — 1. Mandy Coleman (McNair), 138-02.5; 2. Barbara Coward (Buhach Colony), 132-7.5; 3. Lauren Heyn (Del Oro), 130-6.75; 12. Rashel Pritchard (Pitman), 111-3.5.

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