Van de Streek knew that Saturday’s Valley Oak League meet was his chance to dominate.
“I was focusing on my technique for the first 300 (meters), and the last 100 it was all heart,” Van de Streek said. “I just had to reach deep down and tell myself I can’t lose. I worked too hard for this.”
Van de Streek’s first-place finish in 50.10 seconds brought him the first of three gold medals Saturday and also set a new school record.
He went on to win the triple jump with a distance of 44 feet, eight inches, and led the first-place 4x400-meter relay team that also included Jerry Yekeh, Alberto Flores and Damon Jackson to a new school record of 3:31.47.
In all, Kimball High athletes won seven gold medals in individual events and two gold medals in the relays on Saturday, and the school’s record book was updated in 13 events.
Junior Brandon Soeung took first for the varsity boys in the 110-meter hurdles (15.23), a new school record, and senior Chandler Alves won in the high jump (5-8).
For the varsity girls, Chloe Jenkins posted a school record when she won the 100 hurdles (15.47), and also placed second in the 300 hurdles (46.90).
Francesca Loayza won the 800 (2:33.86) and was second in the 1,600 (5:31.30), and the first-place 4x400 relay team of Loayza, Amber Moody, Makenna Strope and Kristy Nguyen set a school record (4:20.61).
Kimball’s boys placed third in the team scoring (65) behind Sierra (106) and Manteca (94).
Kimball’s girls (112) placed second behind Oakdale (122).
Kimball sends 12 individuals who finished in third place or better — eight girls and four boys — plus four relay teams to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV meet on Tuesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 16, at Sierra High.
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