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placeholder June 22, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

Jasmine Powell, from Assumption School, San Leandro, shattered the eighth grade girls 800-meter run record.

Track season ends with record-setting performances

Top CYO athletes from parishes and Catholic schools gathered for the annual Oakland Diocese CYO Track and Field Championship Meet. Forty-five parish or school teams, with more than 500 young runners, boys and girls in third through eighth grade, competed in the two-day event, hosted by Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward, and Granada High School, Livermore.

The meet saw three diocesan records fall, two for eighth-grade girls and one for third-grade boys. A fifth-grade girl tied a record. Records for the diocesan track meet have been recorded since the first meet, more than 45 years ago.

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For complete meet results or for more information on CYO Track and Field, visit the track page of the CYO website: www.oaklandcyo.org
For the girls' events, Jasmine Powell from Assumption School, San Leandro, shattered the eighth-grade girls 800-meter run record, with a time of 2:19.3. The old record of 2:21.9 was set in 1992 by Crystall Threatt from St. Augustine School, Oakland, and tied in 2012 by Emma Hight, St. Mary's Parish, Walnut Creek. Jasmine also placed first in the 400-meter run and in the long jump.

For the eighth-grade girls high jump record, Kidest Befikadu from St. Ignatius Parish, Antioch, jumped 5-3 over the bar, beating the old mark of 5-2 set by Stella Rae Bradley, Corpus Christi, Fremont, in 2012.

In the fifth-grade girls 100 meter dash, Chardai Victorian, St. Lawrence O'Toole School, Oakland, tied the diocesan record with a mark of 13.4 seconds. She shares the record with Loretta Garrett, St. Elizabeth, Oakland (2000) and Abby Urrutia, St. Michael, Livermore (1997). Chardai also won the 200-meter run.

The solo record set for the boys was by a third-grader, Tyler Bergren, from St. Perpetua Parish, Lafayette. Tyler broke the old record of 2:38.9 by Erik Vrismo, St. Raymond, Dublin, with a run of 2:38.4. Tyler also won the 400-meter run.

The diocesan meet began with a parade of athletes around the track, followed by an opening prayer led by eighth-grade athletes from Mission Valley CYO Track. Prior to prayer, adult coaches and meet officials were recognized for outstanding contributions to the CYO track and field program. The recognition awards for outstanding service were presented to: Angie Harlan (St. Ignatius, Antioch); Rex and Frankie Speer (St. Agnes, Concord); Teri Herigstad (St. Michael and St. Charles, Livermore); Marcus and Dannette Julian (St. David School, Richmond); Keri Langbehn (St. Jerome, El Cerrito); and Carlos Mangrobang (St. Joseph, Fremont).

The Championship Meet was the final event for the 2015 CYO Track season. Track events at the meet included sprints, distance races and a variety of relays. Field events were the long jump, high jump, shot put, softball throw and the tetherball toss. Runners qualified to participate through qualifying meets conducted the previous weekends in the three CYO track sections around the diocese. This past season, more than 2,000 runners participated in the CYO Track and Field season that began in March and ended in May.

(Bill Ford is the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)

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