Track and Field: Kimball prevails at All-City Meet over West, Tracy
by Bob Brownne
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All-city track meet
West High runner Eddie Kaye (left) pulls away from teammate Gorman Chin after taking the baton as Isaiah Smith hands the baton to Kimball High teammate Mohammed Khan and Tracy High’s Eric Hawkins completes the exchange with Michael Figueiredo during the 4-by-100-meter relay at an all-city track meet at West High on Wednesday, Feb. 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Kimball High senior hurdler Chloe Jenkins won both of her events at the All-City Meet at West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

But Jenkins said the victories are just a starting point for the rest of the season.

She ran the 100-meter hurdles in 16.49 seconds at the local meet for West, Tracy and Kimball. Jenkins also won the 300 hurdles (49.19).

“The beginning was rough but midway I kicked it and really got on my game,” Jenkins said.

The 2013 track and field season is just a bigger, longer race, and she figures there’s a lot of work ahead on the way to the California Interscholastic Federation state championships.

“I need to gain muscle and focus, because state is the ultimate goal,” she said. “That’s where I plan to be in June.”

Other athletes finished strong on Wednesday as teams competed for local bragging rights.

Kimball was the top team in both the varsity girls and boys divisions, according to preliminary results.

The Jaguar girls won the meet with 55 points, just ahead of West (49) and Tracy (32). Kimball’s boys (68) topped West (42) and Tracy (26).

In the freshman-sophomore competition West (68) was the top girls team ahead of Tracy (50) and Kimball (13), and Tracy (65.25) finished ahead of Kimball (43.5) and West (21.25).

Kimball Jaguars

Kimball coach Ben Trombley said the Jaguar girls can build on last year’s accomplishments, when they went 6-1 in the Valley Oak League and placed second behind Oakdale.

Areas where the Jaguar girls are strong are the throws. Senior Jaleyah Douglass, who qualified for the section meet by winning both shot put and discus at the Division IV meet, is back. She placed first in the discus (115-3.5) on Wednesday, and second in the shot put (30-7.5).

“That’s pretty good for the beginning of the season,” she said. “My goal is to have 140 (in the discus) by the end.”

For distance events, junior Francesca Loyaza is back. She won three events on Wednesday, including the 800 (2:38.54), 1600 (5:54.29) and 3200 (12:54.02).

Trombly expects the boys, who went 5-2 last year, to have a shot at first place in the VOL. The Jaguars won nine of the 16 events, including junior Brandon Soeung in the 110 hurdles (16.39) and 300 hurdles (43.70) and senior Rigo Carrasco in the 1600 (4:57.93) and 3200 (11:22.94).

“I try to make sure I didn’t go too hard in the beginning, because it’s not about being the best in front,” Carrasco said. “It’s about finishing,.

West Wolf Pack

West High senior Megan Grady won both the 200 meters (27.48) and 100 meters (13.13) to complete a sweep: All four of her years at West she has won both varsity girls sprint events at the All-City Meet.

Grady said that she has to build on past accomplishments to get to state.

“A lot more work, a lot more dedication, a lot more sacrifice of my time,” she said.

Grady also won the long jump (15.7), and her fellow senior Maliyah Shavers won the triple jump (35-0) and won the 400 (1:03.63) by a huge margin.

“I had the energy to kick it for the last 250 meters, so I’m happy I was able to bring it for my team,” Shavers said.

West’s girls are out to improve on their 3-2 Tri-City Athletic League record from 2012, and will have upcoming athletes from last year’s freshman-sophomore team, who went 5-0 for first in the TCAL.

Among West’s varsity boys, senior Eddie Kaye won both the 400 (52.31) and 200 (22.51) on Wednesday. He also has his eye on state after going to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet in both events in 2012.

“I’ve definitely been working all year and have been training for that,” he said. “I just need to keep working hard at practice every day and keep a positive mindset, and I’ll get there.”

West was 4-1 in TCAL duals last year, and also brings up athletes from a 5-0 frosh-soph team.

Tracy Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have some young athletes who aim to make an impression over the next couple of years. They’re out to improve on 2012, when the varsity girls went 3-2 in the San Joaquin Athletic Association and the boys went 1-4.

Sophomore sprinter Nate Jones, who ran on the varsity team as a freshman in 2012, hopes he can break the 10.5 second mark in the 100 meters, the school record, by the end of the year.

Jones won the 100 (11.25) on Wednesday in a close finish with Kimball junior Damon Jackson. Jones said his starting block shifted on takeoff, but he wouldn’t make that an issue.

“The race felt pretty good. I can’t complain about the blocks.,” he said. “I just have to get better at it.”

He added that he likes what he sees in the rest of the team.

“We’re very young, with a lot of sophomores and freshmen, but if we get it together we’ll be one of the teams to beat around here,” Jones said.

Tracy’s other first-place winner in the varsity boys competition was senior Nate Shelton in the shot put (44-0).

Tracy sophomore Kaitlin Spencer crossed the finish line first in the varsity girls 3200 meter run with a time of 12:51.52, even though she was signed up for Wednesday’s event as a frosh-soph runner. She expects to become a varsity athlete this year.

“I’ve PR’ed (personal record) in all of my races today, which is a big improvement from last year,” she said. “By the end of the season I’m definitely running varsity.”

Other first-place girls for Tracy include senior Taylor Juarez in the high jump (4-10), the event that she competed in at the SJS Masters meet last year.

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