PLEASANT HILL — In the midst of one of many rainiest North Coast Part Meet of Champions got here a ray of sunshine, an act of sportsmanship throughout a race Saturday that overshadowed the outcome.

Within the ladies 800 meters, defending champion Rayna Stanziano of Harmony held the lead with lower than 100 meters to go at Diablo Valley Faculty.

Victory appeared doubtless till she fell.

Marin Catholic’s Samantha Wallenstrom handed Stanziano and had a transparent monitor forward of her to the end line.

However the sophomore turned again.

“She simply took off and was wanting actually sturdy, and the entire sudden her legs gave out,” Wallenstrom mentioned. “I used to be confused as a result of she didn’t seem like she was faltering in any respect, so I sort of handed her, didn’t know what to do, after which I circled and mentioned, ‘No, l ought to most likely return and assist.’”

Stanziano acquired up on her personal, and the runnners completed one-two within the race.

Wallenstrom gained in 2 minutes, 13.49 seconds. Stanziano was second in 2:16.26. The highest three placers in every occasion routinely certified for the California Interscholastic Federation state championships subsequent weekend at Buchanan Excessive Faculty in Clovis.

Lanette Stanziano, Rayna’s mom and the Harmony distance monitor coach, mentioned Saturday night that Rayna had been battling a virus since after the Diablo Athletic League meet two weeks in the past. Rayna was excellent in that meet with wins within the 800 (2:13.53), 1,600 (4:49.85) and three,200 (10:35.07).

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There was no proof in Friday’s trials that Rayna would battle.

“The two:15 yesterday was very easy,” Lanette mentioned. “She mentioned it was like a exercise.”

However within the residence stretch Saturday, issues modified.

“She mentioned her left leg began to tingle and he or she caught her spike on the monitor,” Lanette mentioned. “Her left leg didn’t really feel proper.

“She thought, ‘My highschool profession can’t finish this fashion.’”

Rayna, a senor, positioned third within the 800 in final yr’s state championships. Lanette mentioned that Rayna plans on competing within the state championships.

“We’re very impressed and grateful to Samantha,” mentioned Lanette in a textual content Saturday night.

Okoro sweeps the sprints

Amador Valley’s Chinyere Okoro dominated the 100 and 200. First up was the 100, through which it was not raining. The Oregon-bound Okoro took management midway via the race and gained by a big .43 with a time of 11.65. Later throughout wet situations within the 200, Okoro produced a profitable time of 24.42 whereas working right into a 1.1 meters per second headwind.

“I felt excellent. I’m simply attempting to execute what I’ve finished in apply and keep relaxed,” Okoro mentioned after the 200. “For the 200, it was somewhat slippery on the curve, so I simply made certain I kinda slowed down just a bit bit.”

One other double winner

On Friday in dry situations, Harmony’s Airiana Dargan gained the triple leap (38 ft, 5 half inches). Below very moist situations on Saturday, Dargan was once more victorious, this time within the lengthy leap (17-Eight 3/4). Dargan mentioned that it was raining throughout her closing three makes an attempt within the lengthy leap. “It was somewhat tough, nevertheless it was good given the situations,” mentioned Dargan about her collection on Saturday. “It began raining and the wind began blowing more durable, so it sort of threw me off somewhat bit. However I used to be attempting to not let it get to me.” Her brother is Erick Dargan, who performed soccer for Pittsburg Excessive and the College of Oregon.

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St. Mary’s wins one other staff title

For the third straight season, St. Mary’s was the women staff champion. Its rating of 74.5 factors included victories in each the 400 relay (48.86) and the 1,600 relay (3:58.01) to book-end the monitor occasions. Kaia Gant-Hatcher and Sofia Bailey ran on each relays, and Bailey additionally gained the 100 intermediate hurdles in 15.58 right into a 1.Eight meter per second headwind and pouring rain.

“Because of the climate, I feel it was a fairly good race,” Bailey mentioned. “With the climate, I used to be so targeting getting out, however my begin was so dangerous.”

Surprises in 3,200, 400

Monte Vista’s Kelli Wilson used an impressive kick within the closing 400 meters to upset favourite Gabrielle Peterson of Healdsburg and win the three,200 in a personal-record 10:31.84. Peterson positioned second in 10:32.53. “As soon as it acquired to round 300 to go, I felt that if I took over the race, I may stick with it,” mentioned Wilson, a junior. “I may really feel Peterson developing behind me over the past 100, so I kicked into it, that one final gear, to get there.”

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Within the 400, Foothill’s Belle Aduaka gained from Lane Three with a personal-record time of 55.64 seconds.She barely edged out Campolindo’s Maddy Doane (55.66). “I used to be sort of scared for a second. I did a closing lean, to guarantee that I did (win),” Aduaka mentioned. “I simply made certain I used to be racing actually laborious and simply saved it up.”

Quote of the day

“I really feel like I jumped in a pool.” – Fortuna’s Katie Hurst after touchdown within the excessive leap pit on her first try at 5-6. Hurst gained the occasion with a leap of 5-4, her third straight NCS MOC championship within the occasion.

Different winners

On Friday, Carondelet’s Kelly Kern smashed the meet document within the pole vault with a clearance of 13-4. Different East Bay ladies winners within the two-day meet included Las Lomas’ Taylor Weidinger within the 300 low hurdles and Granada’s Claire Mach within the discus (138-7).

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