Claire Tryon, right, and his granddaughter, Jaiden Lucas.
Evan Tansimore breaks the long jump record.
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SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC VOICE
Records fall at CYO track and field meet
Two long-standing diocesan records fell in this year's Oakland Diocese CYO Championship Track and Field Meet. More than 500 CYO runners competed in a variety of events for third through eighth grade boys and girls, from 44 parishes in the diocese. The meet was the final event in the 2014 CYO Track season.
For the boys, Evan Tansimore from St. Anne parish, Union City, shattered the Eighth Grade Boys Long Jump record, with a jump of 20' 0". The previous record of 19' 9" was set in 1973 by Darius Joseph from St. Louis Bertrand School, Oakland, and tied in 1980 by Robert Ford from Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Union City. Evan also placed first in the Eighth Grade Boys 100 Meter Dash with a run of 11.98 seconds, and the 200 Meter Dash (24.71 seconds).
For the girls, Alyssa Brewer from St. Joan of Arc Parish easily broke the Eighth Grade Girls 400 Meter Run record with a run of 57.52 seconds. Megan Coppa of St. Bonventure Parish, Concord, set the old record of 59.78 in 2010. Alyssa was also a triple winner, placing first in the 200 Meter Dash (26.94 seconds) and the Long Jump (14' 11").
Records for the Diocesan Track Meet have been recorded since the first Diocesan Meet, more than 45 years ago.
The Diocesan Meet opened with a parade of athletes followed by an opening prayer led by runners from Oakland and West Contra Costa CYO Track. Prior to prayer, adult coaches and meet officials were recognized for outstanding contributions to the CYO track and field program.
A "Lifetime Achievement Award" was presented to Claire Tryon from St. Bonaventure Parish for outstanding service for over 32 years as Head Coordinator for Diablo Valley CYO Track. That track section currently hosts 1,225 runners from 21 parishes. The award was presented to Tryon by his granddaughter, Jaiden Lucas, an Eighth grade runner from Holy Rosary, Antioch. Recognition awards for outstanding service were presented to: Mike Clemons (Christ the King, Pleasant Hill); Rafael Zamora (St. Isidore, Danville and St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon); Jack Viera (St. Lawrence O'Toole School, Oakland); Maria Petrovits (St. Patrick, Rodeo); Steve Horvath (Corpus Christi School, Piedmont); Millicent Fraticelli (Corpus Christi, Fremont); and Freddy Powell (Assumption, San Leandro).
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 through meets conducted 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, which begins in March and ends in May.
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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