Finishing the Seventh Grade girls 400 meter dash are Luana Caravalho, left, from St. Joachim, Hayward, and Scarlett Dawson from St Joseph, Alameda. In a very close and exciting race, Scarlett edged Luana by only .02 seconds to win the race. Scarlett's winning time was 1:05.78; Luana's second was 1:05.80.
High jumper Benjamin Tellez, from St. Francis of Assisi, Concord, won the Eighth Grade boys high jump with a jump of 5'3".
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Records broken at annual track and field event
More than 500 young CYO athletes gathered in May for the annual Diocesan Track and Field Championship Meet at Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward, and at James Logan High School, Union City.
Runners, those finishing in first place and those back in the pack were greeted with roaring applause during their races and events by excited family members and spectators. The meet saw two long-standing diocesan records fall and two records tied.
During the Friday night distance races, the first record to be broken was for the Fifth Grade boys 800-meter run by Tyler Bergren (St. Perpetua, Lafayette) finishing the race in 2:22.3, shattering the old record by Evan Molineux (St. Isidore, Danville) in 2005 of 2:28.2. Tyler has set a diocesan record in the 800-meter run each year that he has competed, in the third, fourth and fifth grades. This year, Tyler won the 400-meter dash (1:03.30) and the Long Jump (15' 5").
Also, that night, Trevor Economos (St. Isidore, Danville) tied the Third Grade boys 1600-meter run record, set by Ryan Bayliss (St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon) in 2009, with a run of 5:56.1.
In field event competition, Leighton Sproul (School of the Madeleine, Berkeley), also a Fifth Grade boy, crushed the High Jump record with a jump of 4'10", beating the old record of 4'8" held by multiple jumpers. Leighton also finished second (2:34.9) behind Tyler Bergren in the 800-meter run.
Chardai Victorian (St. Lawrence O'Toole School, Oakland) tied the record for the Seventh Grade girls 100-meter dash with a time of 12.6, sharing the 1988 record with Kira Ferguson (St. Louis Bertrand, Oakland). Chardai also holds the Sixth Grade girls 400-meter dash record from 2016 (1:00.37) and a shared record with multiple runners in a tie of the Fifth Grade girls 100-meter dash record in 2015 (13.4). At this meet, she also won the 200-meter dash (26.11). Records for the Diocesan Track Meet have been set and recorded since the first Diocesan Meet, more than 50 years ago.
At the meet, three CYO athletes finished in first place in three separate individual events in their grade levels: Morgan Smith (St. Anthony, Oakley) winning the Fourth Grade girls 100, 200 and Softball Throw; Tyler Bergren (St. Perpetua, Lafayette) winning the Fifth Grade boys 400, 800 and Long Jump; and Jana Barron (St. Michael, Livermore) winning the Fifth Grade girls 400, 800 and Long Jump. Competitors are limited to three individual events.
Events began on Friday night (May 12) with the 800-meter and 1600-meter distance races at Moreau and continuing at James Logan with all the other events the next day. The day began with an "Olympic-style" parade of athletes around the track followed by an opening prayer, led by athletes from St. Lawrence O'Toole School, Oakland, and St. Jerome School, El Cerrito. Adult volunteers were then recognized for outstanding contributions to CYO Track and Field. The recognition awards for outstanding service were presented to: Bill Schott (St. Mary, Walnut Creek), Valerie Shiells (St. Patrick, Rodeo), Eric Herbert (St. Joseph, Pinole), Melissa Smith (All Saints, Hayward) and Ray Mangrobang (St. Joseph, Fremont).
Special awards were presented: Lifetime Achievement Awards for long-term volunteer service to CYO Track and Field. One award was presented prior to the meet to Joe Sullivan, for his work in coaching young people in the St. Bonaventure CYO track program, Concord. Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to the coaches at St. Lawrence O'Toole School and to St. Jerome School. Both schools have been very active in CYO Track for many years, hosting many excited young athletes and dedicated coaches. The schools closed at the end of the school year, along with three other schools, and the meet was dedicated to them.
The Diocesan Meet was the culmination of a three-month CYO Track and Field season with runners from Third through Eighth grades, boys and girls, qualifying to participate in the Diocesan Meet through meets conducted the previous weekends in the three CYO track sections around the diocese. The regular season had weekly meets that featured a variety of exciting races and field events: Sprints, Distance Races, Relays, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Softball Throw and Tetherball Toss. This past season, more than 2,200 runners from 45 parishes and Catholic schools in the Oakland diocese participated in CYO Track and Field.
For complete meet results of the diocesan meet, for more information on CYO Track and Field and for information on Track's companion sport, CYO Cross County scheduled for this fall, visit the track page and cross country pages of the CYO Website: www.oaklandcyo.org.
(Bill Ford is the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)
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