Danville Express

Sports - March 23, 2007

Track and field 'Blasts Off' at Berkeley meet

Both high school have stars that shine

by Rachel McMurdie

Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley track and field teams spent a competition-filled weekend at UC Berkeley's "Bay Area Blast Off" on the Berkeley campus last Friday.

On the field, Monte Vista's Sienna Brown took second, with a 118-foot 10-inch discuss throw. On the track, San Ramon boys dominated, earning a third-place in the 4x100 relay with a time of 43.69 seconds.

Monte Vista jumpers earned particularly high scores. Abby Van Muijen, a junior, struck a fourth-place 16-foot long jump. Stephanie Schafer, also a junior, earned a fourth-place in high jump at 4 feet 11 inches. Senior Lance King cleared 13 feet on his pole vault for third place, just behind San Ramon Valley's second place, senior Stephanos Millias, who cleared a 13 foot 6 inch jump.

In the boys 400-meter dash, football stars from both high schools finished in the top pack. San Ramon's Corbin Louks finished eighth in 11.41 seconds, followed by teammate Clark Petersen (10th place) and Ryan Vandersloot (12th place). Monte Vista's Drew McAllister earned 13th place finishing in 11.55 seconds.

In girls track, San Ramon Valley senior Kelly Fogarty earned third in the 100-meter dash (12.37 seconds) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (25.90 seconds).

Earlier in the week both teams opened the regular season with league meets. Monte Vista boys beat Foothill 80-56 in large part due to the strength of its relays. The Mustang girls upset Foothill 100-36.

In Livermore, San Ramon Valley boys defeated Granada at Granada High, in a 72-64 meet that came down to the final 4x400 relay. San Ramon girls lost to Granada, which swept the 3,200-meter event on its way to a 73-63 meet win.

Softball

San Ramon Valley girls battled California High through a tie-breaker eighth inning in a tournament championship game Saturday, but wound up just short of the Queen of the Mountain title.

California's Stephanie Hatley batted a single in the bottom of the eighth allowing Krista Miller to score from third base. The run gave California (6-0) the 1-0 win. San Ramon Valley (5-1) had its opportunity to score at the top of the eighth. Following Olympic tie-breaker rules, the Wolves opened the inning with bases loaded but couldn't catch a break and struck out without any hits.

San Ramon Valley, a team that last year advanced to the North Coast Section 3A semifinals, earned its berth to the tournament semifinals after beating the Antioch High Panthers 5-0 in the quarterfinals. The Wolves scored three times on four hits in the second inning, during that game.

Earlier Saturday, Monte Vista girls made it to the semifinal round but lost to California, 1-0.

Boys Golf

Monte Vista golfers swung past Granada (0-4) this week at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo for their third league win. Jeff Hamm was the low scorer shooting just one over par on the par 36 course to pace Monte Vista for a 193-250 win.

E-mail photos to Editor@DanvilleWeekly.com.

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