Terrill, Highlanders star at WACC meet

Piedmont athletes at Arcadia (l-r): Parker Terrill, Cooper Downing, Jack Stein, Ellie Black, Christian Taylor, Parker Long, and coach Jeanine Holmlund

Editor’s note: this article, originally published on May 10, was updated on May 12 to correct several errors.

Piedmont High School’s track and field teams had a strong meet at the West Alameda County Conference championships at Hayward High, May 5-7. The Highlander boys won the team title 108 points, well in front of second place San Leandro (82). The girls were fourth in the team scoring with 57 points. Berkeley won the girls championship with 124 1/3.

Parker Terrill was a points machine for Piedmont, winning the boys pole vault and 110-meter hurdles and taking second in the high jump. Terrill won the pole vault at 15 feet, six inches, just one inch below his career-best. He had a PR in the hurdles, winning in 16.48. And he cleared a PR-tying 5-8 in finishing second in the high jump. Berkeley’s Fenner McCoy won the event, also at 5-8.

Parker Terrill

Jack Stein was also a double-winner for the Highlanders, taking the 1,600 in 4:21.01 and the 3,200 in 9:24.12.

Stein led a surge of Piedmont runners in the 1,600, as the Highlanders went 1-3-4-5. Alameda’s David Song was second in 4:26.39. Then came Piedmont’s Parker Long (4:30.81), Cooper Downing (4:32.18) and Christian Taylor (4:33.75).

Downing was second in the 800 in 1:56.03 and third in the 400 in a PR of 51.34. Long also took third in the 3,200 in 9:47.71. Taylor and Downing were also on the third-place 1,600 relay team with Jack Zirkelbach-Ngal and Luke Alban (3:28.16).

Jack Stein, Parker Long, Christian Taylor, and Cooper Downing

Xander Schulte-Sasse was sixth in the 3,200 in 9:53.52. Julian Lee was seventh (10:08.64).

Matthew Riordan took second in the 300 hurdles in 42.38. He also was sixth in the 100 in 11.61. The boys 400 relay team of Riordan, Alban, Long and Quincy Munyan was second in 44.04.

For the girls, Ellie Black won the 1,600 and 3,200. She ran a PR of 5:09.74 in the former and 10:58.60 in the latter. Jamie Schwarz took third in the 800 in 2:23.77 after finishing fifth in the 1,600 in 5:26.14, also a PR.

Ellie Black

Briana Sotelo was second in the shot put at 28-0 and third in the 300 hurdles in a PR of 17.58. Jasmyn Milsum was sixth in 19.45. Ella Yasar was third in the 300 hurdles in 50.09 and seventh in the flat 100 in 13.50. Zoe Saldanha was third in the triple jump at 30-4 ¾ and ninth in the long jump at 13-9 ¾.

The girls 400 relay team of Saldanha. Sotelo, Yasar and Breah Bell was fifth in 53.55. The 1,600 relay team of Schwarz, Jezabel Droga, Molly McWeeny and Caroline Taylor was sixth in 4:49.20.

The top six in each event plus the eight best marks from all league championship meets advanced to the NCS Bayshore Championships on May 14 at Hayward. The top six from that meet advance to the NCS Meet of Champions on May 20-21 at Dublin.

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