Piedmont High School’s Sophia Zalewski won the girls 3,200 meters at the North Coast Section (NCS) – Bayshore championships on May 11 at Hayward High School.
Zalewski won the event in 11 minutes, 19.42 seconds, breaking her personal-best of 11:21.02 set just last week at the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) meet. She also defeated WACC champion Lauren Lum of Alameda, who finished second in 11:24.17. Piedmont’s Mara Lovric was 10th in the race in 12:23.86.
Zalewski had earlier taken second in the 1,600, finishing behind Lum in 5:09.24, also a personal-best. Lum won in 5:08.39.
Zalewski qualified in both events for the North Coast Section Meet of Champions on May 17-18 at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. The top seven finishers in each NCS-Bayshore event qualfied for the Meet of Champions. Athletes can also qualify by meeting a time or distance standard.
The top three finishers at the NCS Meet of Champions automatically qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships on May 24-25 in Clovis.
Piedmont had two runners qualify for the Meet of Champions in the girls 800. Margaret Black took third in 2:24.44, just off her personal-best of 2:24.27 set a week ago. Margo Donahue finished sixth in 2:25.55. Jordan Cornet of St. Mary’s won the event in 2:19.11.
Elizabeth Korn qualified in the girls 100 hurdles by finishing fourth in 16.53. St. Mary’s Sofia Bailey was the winner in 15.60.
In the boys 800, Dylan Thayer just missed qualifying, finishing ninth in 2:02.67 – less than two seconds behind the seventh-place finisher, Julian Jensen of Bishop O’Dowd (2:00.97). Jackson Harper of James Logan won in 1:58.47.
Audrey Wakefield finished ninth in the girls high jump, one of three jumpers to clear four feet, eight inches, but losing out on the countback.
Adri McAuliffe finished 11th in the girls 300 hurdles in 50.46. Oscar Kim Dangle was 10th in the boys pole vault with a clearance of 9-2.