With a surprising finishing flourish, Edward Buckley (19) out-kicked middle-distance specialist Parker Wilkerson of Las Lomas to claim the varsity boys' 1600m title at Saturday's Diablo Athletic League Championships at Campolindo High School. The 4-year veteran found 1 last gear as the 2018 runner-up in the 800m tried to overtake the pace setters.
The victory was the 1st of 2 upsets orchestrated by Buckley. Later, in the 3200m event, after allowing NCS leader Preston Norris of Las Lomas to open up a 20 meter lead through the initial lap, Buckley patiently closed down the deficit before surging to the front at the bell. Buckley's winning time of 9:21.48 moves him to the 7th position on the Campolindo all-time list.
In the varsity girls sprint competition, Maddy Doane (19) continued her own record-board revisions, 1st battling the most formidable league final field in the 400m to take the win in 55.97.
Doane followed up that feat with a runner-up finish in the 100m and a school-record-setting win the 200m.
Doane also contributed a leg to the 400 relay team, which finished 2nd in a school-record time of 48.89.
Other all-time-list performers included Alicia Hober (20) in the 1600m and Terryal Bell (21) in the 100m.
The frosh-soph girls' competition featured a sweep of the top 3 places in the 400m by Kyrstyn Wilson (22), Cathy Kenderski (22) and Arlee Farrell (21). Wilson also claimed victory in the 300 hurdles as well as podium finishes in both the 100m and triple jump.
Kenderski and Farrell also contributed to an upset-win in the 400 relay, posting a season-best mark of 53.22.
Owen Lekki (21) was the event winner for the frosh soph boys, holding off a late challenge from College Park's Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel to take the 1600m title in 4:35.68.