Oakdale track and field
Jaci Powell experienced the best of both worlds at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Meet, winning personal glory while also helping her teammates earn a trip to the Masters Meet which begins this afternoon at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.
The versatile Powell, also among the Stanislaus District's top volleyball players in the fall, won the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet. She also ran legs on the 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams, helping both squads advance to the next postseason meet.
Powell needs to deliver a big jump if she hopes to land a berth at the CIF State Meet, though. With more than a dozen girls between her and the top seed, it will likely take a 36-footer to advance.
She'll be joined today by her sisters Domi and Julie, in the high jump and relays, respectively.
Davis track and field
Regardless of how tired Chris Izquierdo gets, the Davis High senior figures he's always going to have a little bit of extra energy left for the final stretch of the 800 meter run.
"The start of the 800 is important, but it's those last 300 meters that make the difference in who wins and loses," said Izquierdo, whose late dash led to victory in the 800-meter race at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Meet. "I try to pick up my pace during the final 300 meters, then a sprint over the last 100."
The victory continued a string of successes for Izquierdo at Sacramento's Hughes Stadium. He won the JV race in the Meet of Champions there two years ago, and posted his personal best of 1 minute 56.2 seconds on the same track this year at the MOC. Last week's winning time of 1:57.26 makes him the No. 10 seed at this week's meet.
Hughson track and field
At some point this summer, Becky Hobby is going to look back at her track season and realize the importance of her victories in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Meet. For now, though, she's just a freshman having fun.
Hobby began to develop a reputation in the fall, when she finished in the top 25 at the CIF State Cross Country Meet. Last week she pulled off a rare double-double for a freshman winning the 800 and 1,600. She won the 1,600 in a personal best of 5:16.26).
"My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw my time (on the scoreboard). It was my PR by seven seconds," she said. "I'm still getting used to this whole high school thing. These girls are older and experienced. But after I ran in Tuesday's trials and saw my times, I began to think 'Hey, maybe you can win one of these races.' "
Riverbank track and field
The new king of the sprints in the Stanislaus District, Donovan Wallace won the 200 meters and was second in the 100 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Meet. He also qualified for the Section Masters Meet in the long jump.
"Donovan is an extremely talented sprinter and jumper, but he is only beginning to tap into his talent because this is only his second year of running track," coach Monte Wood noted. "Though he has done great things in track, he has still been hindered from really performing at his best by an injured back. I don't know if it was football or basketball, but he came to us injured and has battled it all year."
Despite the injury, Wallace posted personal bests of 21 feet 1 inch in the long jump, 44-9 in the triple jump, and school and Trans-Valley League records of 10.6 in the 100 and 21.9 in the 200.
RICHARD T. ESTRADA