Piedmont track sweeps WACC meets

Xander Schulte-Sasse, Sam Shelby and Matthew Riordan (l-r) watch Christian Taylor running

Piedmont High School’s boys and girls track teams swept a multi-team West Alameda County Conference meet on April 20 at Witter Field.

The boys team was facing Tennyson and Mt. Eden. The Highlanders beat the former, 107-15, and the latter, 115-7. The girls team defeated Bishop O’Dowd (68-37) and Alameda (73-44).

Darcy McKee had a strong day for the girls, recording the best long jump at 15 feet, six inches, and tying for the best high jump at 4-6. She also ran a leg on the top 400-meter relay team, which came home in 51.03 seconds.

Highlanders coach Pouyan Assadi said McKee is in the top 10 over the past 10 years at Piedmont in the 100, long jump and high jump.

“Darcy McKee is one of my favorite storylines, she’s just such a talented athlete,” Assadi said. “There’s a very real chance that she claims medals in multiple events at league champs, which is a significant accomplishment for a freshman.”

Breah Bell had the top time in the 100 at 13.32, and was second behind McKee at 15-3. She also ran a leg on the 400 relay.

Brie Sotelo had the best triple jump at 31-9 ½ and the best shot put at 31-0 ¼.

Piedmont had the best time in the girls 1,600 relay as well at 4:30.79. Ella Yasar ran a leg on that team and also won the 300 hurdles in 50.02. Jamie Schwarz ran on the relay as well and took second in the 800 in 2:28.36 and third in the 1,600 in 5:34.52. Skylar Best won the 3,200 in 12:46.45.

Parker Long had the day’s top time in the boys 800 in 1:59.96. Christian Taylor had the best 1,600 in 4:33.57 and Xander Schulte-Sasse was best in the 3,200 in 9:56.73. The Highlanders had the top 400 relay in 45.25.

Marcus Filho was No. 1 in the high jump at 5-8, with Miguel Long next at 5-6. Long won the triple jump at 38-4. Filho ran a leg on the 400 relay team.

Tennyson’s Taeshaun Lyons had an impressive meet, winning the boys 100 (11.08), 200 (22.63) and long jump (20-11). Piedmont’s Sam Shelby was second in the 100 (11.26) and 200 (23.01), and ran on the 400 relay team.

The Highlanders’ Spencer Sorensen-Wald was second to Bishop O’Dowd’s Spencer Vu in both the 100 hurdles (16.78-16.93) and 300 hurdles (42.56-43.40). He also was second in the long jump at 19-0.

“Spencer continues to rack up points, and is now the leading point scorer on the team,” Assadi said. “It’s going to be tough figuring out what he’s going to compete in at league champs since he’s so good at so many things, but once the season ends we’re going to make sure to register him for a decathlon.”

Piedmont has one more multi-team league meet on April 27 at home. Then, the WACC championships start on May 3.

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