Track stars strike gold at state meet

Sasha Wallace and Nate Moore won two state track and field titles each. Photos by Reyna Garcia

Trojan track teams won the girls WACC championship, the boys NCS Bayshore meet and an astonishing four individual state titles, the first for CVHS in 33 years.

Senior Sasha Wallace finished her high school career at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships with a bang on June 1, winning the girls triple jump and the girls 100-meter hurdles. Junior Nate Moore won two state titles for the boys triple jump and the boys long jump.

Both the boys and the girls teams finished third place in the state, their highest finishes yet.

The season ended extremely well for track stars Wallace, Moore, and the boys 400-meter relay team at the WACC championships, the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in Berkeley and the CIF State Championships at Buchanan High School.

At the state meet, Wallace won the girls triple jump by more than a foot with the mark of 41 feet, 9.5 inches on one attempt. She had no time to attend the awards ceremony for the triple jump because shortly after, she had to get ready for the 100-meter hurdles which she won by .31 seconds.

Wallace is the first girl from an East Bay high school that defends two straight state championship titles and the first girl ever to win a state championship for CVHS. Wallace also won three NCS Meet of Champions and three WACC individual titles.

“As of now I can say that I had a really good season for my hurdles mainly because I continued to progress in terms of times, as well as my long jump,” Wallace said. “Because it is a new event for me, I am always surprising myself with how well I’m doing. So I can say that my handiwork has definitely paid off due to the positive outcomes of my events.”

Moore won the long jump with a mark of 24 feet, 11.75 inches and the triple jump with 49 feet, 0.25 inches. Both are personal records.

“It was a good experience. I’m happy to be able to go and perform well on the biggest day,” said Moore.

The 400-meter relay team of Cameron Edwards, Aaron Jones, Myles Speegle and Matt Speegle placed fourth with a personal record and school record of 41.22 seconds.

The team also won titles at the WACC meet and the NCS Meet of Champions.

“It felt like history in the making,” said senior Myles Speegle, the second leg for the boys relay team. “It was nice to have a lot of people there who were supporting us, too.”

When asking Wallace about her transfer from Holy Names High School to CVHS for her senior year, she revealed that the traditional classes the Catholic school offered did not include a wider course load that would be most fruitful for her admission to a college. She did, however, find this at CVHS, a modern public school that offers multiple R.O.P. classes.

“After I graduate, I am super excited to be continuing my studies at the University of Oregon,” she exclaimed. “To top it all off, I will also be on the track team which is awesome for me.”

The Speegle brothers will be attending University of Redlands with a soccer scholarship for Matt and a track scholarship for Myles.

“Track is more than something I am good at; it is a career, a show, and a lifestyle,” Myles Speegle said.

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