Piedmont track and field sets strong early-season marks

Girls compete at the Castro Valley Relays on March 9, 2023 (Photo courtesy Aaron Aubrecht)

Piedmont High School’s track and field team has been doing good things early in the season. The Highlanders competed at the Dan Gabor Invitational at Amador Valley on March 2, and at the Castro Valley Relays on March 9.

Sebastien Swain finished second in his heat and eighth overall in the boys 800 meters at the Dan Gabor Invitational in two minutes, 1.69 seconds.

“Seb’s an all-star, and he’s such a nice and humble guy too,” Piedmont coach Pouyan Assadi said. “During his races, you would never have guessed that he’s a freshman. He’s poised, focused, and has that winning instinct you can’t really teach. He can turn it on at any time and it’s super-fun to watch.”

Xander Schulte-Sasse had a nice double. He finished sixth in his heat in the 1,600 at Dan Gabor in 4:31.86, then came back and took 10th in his heat in the 3,200 in 9:39.52.

Four girls relay teams have also been strong. The 400 relay team of Miranda Liu, Ella Yasar, Claire Aubrecht, and Breah Bell ran 51.26 at the Castro Valley Relays to take second place behind Castro Valley. Bell was also third in the 100 in 12.92.

Jamie Schwarz was fifth in her heat in the girls 1,600 at Dan Gabor, running a 5:37.22. She came back to take ninth in the top heat in the 800 in 2:30.29.

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