Piedmont track and field boys second, girls fifth

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

Piedmont High School’s boys track and field team finished second at the West Alameda County Conference championships at Hayward High School on May 3 and 5, while the girls team took fifth. Several Highlanders advanced to the North Coast Section Bayshore championships, to be held May 13 at Hayward.

The boys scored 103 points, finishing behind only Bishop O’Dowd (122). According to Piedmont coach Pouyan Assadi, it’s the first time a team has scored 100 points at the WACC meet in consecutive years since Castro Valley did it 2014-15.

Spencer Sorenson-Wald (center)

Spencer Sorensen-Wald continued his outstanding freshman season by placing in three events and contributing 20 points to the team total. Sorensen-Wald won the pole vault at 11 feet, leading a sweep of the top four positions by the Highlanders. Meg Foster was next at 10-6, followed by Conor Kim in third (10-0) and Marius Ano in fourth (9-6).

Sorensen-Wald also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.64 seconds, and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 42.12.

Parker Long and Christian Taylor went 1-2 in the 800, with Long winning in 1:55.91 and Taylor next in 1:56.25. They also took second and third in the 1,600, with Taylor second in 4:20.63 and Long next in 4:25.47. Berkeley’s Mason Mullen won that event in 4:19.52.

Taylor and Long also ran legs on the victorious 1,600 relay team, which finished in 3:26.56, one of the best times in the area.

Taylor recently committed to run at UC Davis.

Miguel Long finished second in the high jump at 5-8, the same mark as winner Zackary Watson, who won on the countback. Long also was fifth in the triple jump at 41-6.

Xander Schulte-Sasse was third in the 3,200 in 9:45.69.

Sam Shelby was fourth in the 200 (22.94), fifth in the 100 (11.51), and ran a leg on the 1,600 relay.

For the girls, Jamie Schwarz was third in the 800 at 2:25.61 and sixth in the 1,600 in 5:34.93. Schwarz also ran legs on the second place 1,600 relay (4:18.84) and third place 3,200 relay (10:53.08). Skylar Best was fifth in the 800 in 2:28.24 and ran legs in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Ella Yasar was third in the 300 hurdles in 49.90 and also ran legs on the 400 and 1,600 relays, which both placed second. The 400 team completed its run in 51.57.

Brie Sotelo was fifth in the shot put (28-3 ½), discus (78-11) and triple jump (32-4). Camile Snyder finished tied for third in the pole vault at 6-6.

The girls scored 47.25 points. Berkeley won the meet with 139 points.

The top six finishers in each event qualified for the NCS Bayshore meet. At large entrants are also taken as athletes scratch out of events.

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