Piedmont Highlanders are burning up the track

(L-R) Stephanie Lee, Skye Prata-Baack, Darcy McKee, and Mina Dao-Hoang at Castro Valley on March 14. (Photo courtesy Aaron Aubrecht)

Piedmont High School’s track and field team continued to put up strong early-season performances. At the March 16 Dublin Distance Fiesta, freshman Sebastien Swain ran the boys 800 meters in one minute, 59.14 seconds, a new personal-best. He finished 24th overall – the Fiesta runs dozens of races with over 1,000 participants at many distances.

Senior Xander Schulte-Sasse ran 4:27.63 in the 1,600, finishing 48th overall.

Senior Jamie Schwarz was timed in 2:25.03 in the girls 800, good for 27th. Freshman Leighton Mand was 170th in 2:39.68, right in front of sophomore Skylar Best (171st, 2:39.70). Schwarz ran 5:25.01 in the 1,600 and finished 77th overall. Best was 156th in 5:37.56 and Mand was 166th in 5:39.71.

Breah Bell at San Leandro on March 18. (Photo courtesy Aaron Aubrecht)

At the San Leandro Invitational on the same day, senior Breah Bell finished second in the girls 100 in a personal-best of 12.83. Piedmont track coach Pouyan Assadi said Bell is now 0.16 away from the school record. Bell also finished third in the 200 with 27.39.

Bell joined Miranda Liu, Ella Yasar, and Claire Aubrecht on the 400 relay team to come in second in 51.07. Assadi said they are now 1.07 short of the school record.

Yasar took second in the 300 hurdles in 50.35. Malia Williams was fourth in the high jump, increasing her personal best to 4 feet, 10 inches.

Devon Thai, Alex Schleuning, and Ilias Mueller-Harley at Castro Valley on March 14 (Photo courtesy Aaron Aubrecht)

Miguel Long was second in the boys triple jump at 40-9 ¼. Albert Bellingrath was third in the 110 hurdles with 18.51.

On March 14, the teams competed in a West Alameda County Conference meet at Castro Valley. Sam Shelby was second in the boys 100 in 11.10 and second in the 200 in 22.80. Alina Shahid won the girls discus at 88-4 and, according to Assadi, is now the top discus thrower in the WACC.

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