DUBLIN – In a race that had a postseason-level buzz, Menlo’s Charlotte Tomkinson edged Harmony’s Rayna Stanziano within the women 800 meters on the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday.
Each runners completed within the prime six in final 12 months’s 800 meter state championship remaining – Stanziano was third and Tomkinson was sixth.
On Saturday, Tomkinson produced this season’s state-leading time of two minutes, 10.61 seconds. Stanziano was second in 2:11.22. Getting into this weekend, the state-leading time was 2:14.12.
Racing within the quickest warmth, Stanziano held the lead by the 150-meter mark and crossed 400 meters with Tomkinson in a blazing 63 seconds. Stanziano led by means of 600 meters earlier than Tomkinson kicked to victory.
“I didn’t know any of the splits. I had no thought what the time was till I used to be within the homestretch. I simply sort of raced off how I felt,” mentioned Tomkinson, a junior. “Final 12 months this race, I used to be nowhere close to the entrance.
“I’ve raced with Rayna at state. She’s a very sturdy competitor,” Tomkinson mentioned. “I used to be simply attempting to stay together with her within the first lap, and let her tempo that, after which simply sort of see what occurred on the second lap and attempt to end as sturdy as I may.”
Stanziano mentioned it was a “good surroundings to run in to get a quick time early on within the season.” It was the primary time that the senior has run this meet.
“I don’t suppose I went sub-2:15 till like near the tip of April final 12 months,” Stanziano mentioned. “This was an excellent place to begin, I suppose, for the remainder of the season as a result of I didn’t suppose I used to be able to going that point.
I labored out exhausting this week and I wasn’t positive what I used to be going to have left in me,” Stanziano mentioned. “Positively went out sort of quick and I may really feel that in my legs”
One other Central Coast Part middle-distance runner was victorious Saturday at Dublin Excessive College. Westmont’s Garrett MacQuiddy gained the quickest warmth of the boys 800 in a personal-record time of 1:55.07.
“I used to be trying to be across the entrance for the second lap, after which I often have an excellent kick, so I used to be trying to make use of that to my benefit,” mentioned MacQuiddy, a junior.
Westmont is getting fairly a status as a middle-distance energy. Final season as a senior, Westmont’s Jason Gomez gained the state championship title within the boys 800 meters.
Within the boys three,200 meters Saturday, there was a showdown between two defending state champions. Matt Strangio of Jesuit-Carmichael, the state titlest within the three,200 final 12 months as a sophomore, gained the quickest warmth Saturday in a national-leading time of eight:47.97. Redwood’s Liam Anderson, the state champ within the 1,600 final 12 months as a junior, was second Saturday in eight:56.88, which was additionally sooner than the national-leading time getting into this weekend
Different occasion winners at Saturday’s meet included Marin Catholic’s Samantha Wallenstrom within the women 1,600 (four:59.38, a sophomore women meet file), Maria Carrillo’s Pierce Kapustka within the boy’s 1,600 (four:22.97), Healdsburg’s Gabrielle Peterson within the women three,200 (10:39.81), St Francis-Sacramento within the women distance medley relay (12:22.61) and Sir Francis Drake within the boys distance medley relay (10:44.32).
The Dublin Distance Fiesta is taken into account the biggest distance highschool monitor meet within the nation with 118 colleges, 2,633 athletes and three,649 occasion entries. The highest two quickest placers in every occasion certified for the distinguished Arcadia Invitational on April 5-6.