Sylvia Annis (St. Philip Neri), Ella Economos (St. Joan of Arc), Kanani Irwin (St. Anne, Union City), Samantha Wheeler (St. Philip Neri) and Kalia Sarino (St. Edward) in the Third Grade girls 50 meter dash. The winner of the race, Chardai Victorian from St. Lawrence O'Toole, is not pictured because she was running ahead of the pack. Her winning time was 8.45 seconds.
Todd Fuller/Courtesy photo
Records fall at Championship Track and Field Meet
The Oakland Diocese CYO Championship Track and Field Meet was run recently with more than 500 runners competing over two days. Runners in third through eighth grades from 43 parishes in the diocese participated in a variety of events.
Several diocesan meet records were broken at the meet. For the boys, Neil Braganza from St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon, set a record in the Eighth Grade Boys 1600 meter with a run of 4:42.7, shattering the old record of 4:44.1, set in 2010. Niyi Olabode from Santa Maria Parish, Orinda, set a record in the Fourth Grade Boys Long Jump with a jump of 15' 2.75", breaking the old record of 14' 8.75." A new Sixth Grade boys 4X100 meter relay record was set by the team from St. Bonaventure, Concord, with a run of 53.2 seconds.
For the girls, Stella Rae Bradley, Corpus Christi, Fremont, set a record in the Eighth Grade Girls High Jump with a jump of 5' 2" besting the old record of 5' 1.75" set in 1996. Chinuere Okoro from the Catholic Community of Pleasanton tied a record in the Sixth Grade Girls 200 Meter with a run of 27.0. In the Third Grade Girls 4X100 Relay, the team from St. Perpetua, Lafayette, ran 1:02.1, beating the old record of 1:03.6 set in 1986, 1987 and 2006.
Records for the Diocesan Track Meet have been recorded since the first Diocesan Meet, more than 45 years ago.
The meet included a parade of athletes and an opening prayer featuring runners from St. Bonaventure Parish. Adult coaches and meet officials were recognized for outstanding contributions to the CYO track and field program during the opening prayer ceremony. Lifetime achievement awards were presented to: John Randazzo (CYO Track Section 3), Mark Worrell (Catholic Community of Pleasanton) and Al Jauco (St. Joseph, Fremont). Recognition awards for outstanding service were presented to: Wendell Smith (St. Ignatius, Antioch), Richard Gregory (St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon), Chad Nightengale (Salesian High School, Richmond), Jeff Annis (St. Philip Neri, Alameda); Melanie Jones (St. Joachim) and Murial Irwin (St. Anne, Union City).
Track events at the meet included sprints, distance races and relays. Field events were the long and high jumps, shot put, softball throw and tetherball toss. The Diocesan Meet was held at James Logan High School, Union City and Granada High School, Livermore. Runners qualified to participate in the Diocesan Meet by qualifying through meets the previous weekends in the three CYO track sections around the diocese. This past season, more than 2,500 runners participated in CYO Track and Field. The Diocesan Meet was the final event in the CYO track season that began in March.
For complete meet results or for more information on CYO Track and Field, visit the track page of the CYO Website: www.oaklandcyo.org.
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