National leaders Williams, Wallace lead field for Sacramento Meet of Champions

Sasha Wallace, above in a file photo from club action, leads Holy Names into battle at the Sacramento Meet of Champions ESPNHS

By Rich Gonzalez

Editor, ESPNHS/DyeStatCal

(April 25, 2012) -- With a lineup headed by national leaders Gabby Williams and Sasha Wallace, this Saturday's 32nd annual Sacramento Meet of Champions is primed to continue its tradition as perhaps the premier Northern California late-season invitational in recent years.

A total of 145 schools are entered to compete in the single-day affair, which has relocated to American River College as a results of stadium renovations at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium.

This year's lineup showcases 32 athletes currently ranked among the top 10 in the state of California in their respective events. But perhaps leading the way is out-of-stater Williams of Reed HS in Nevada, who recently took over the national lead in the girls high jump with her clearance on 6-00.00 at the Del Oro Invitational.

Meanwhile, Holy Names' Wallace seeks to make more national headlines in the sand pits after taking over the national lead in the triple jump when she spanned a staggering 42-10.75 in the event at last weekend's Mt. SAC Relays. Her main nemesis here should be Bear River all-arounder Kendal Nielsen, who'll seek to break through the 40-foot barrier after a lifetime-best 39-05.00 bound in recent weeks. Wallace is also entered as the top seed in the high hurdles (13.43, #3 this year in all conditions) while training mate Trinity Wilson (St. Mary's HS, Berkeley) remains sidelined and recovering from a toe injury.

Another top talent in action will be Presentation pole vaulter Taylore Jaques, who scaled 13-00.00 for the third time this season in recent action, with the mark earning her a share of a three-way tie for the state lead in the event. Jacques, Homestead's Rachel Bolton and Las Lomas' Cimran Virdi are entrants each ranked among the top five in the state in the event.

On the boys side, Kennedy of Richmond hurdler Kenneth Walker III is the top name entered, with the football star heading up the high hurdles field thanks to a state-leading 14.05 clocking over the 39-inch high barriers.

Perhaps the deepest event of the whole meet is the triple jump, where James Logan's Jeff Prothro leads four athletes holding marks ranking among the top 10 in the state in all conditions. Prothro, who cleared 48-01.25 at the Arcadia Invitational to move to #2 in the state, will be challenged by Merrill West's Deon Pinder, Bishop O'Dowd's Nathaniel Moore and James Logan's Karsten Wethington.

Below is a list of entered athletes who currently rank among the top 10 in the state based on 2012 marks:



Boys 100

Kyree King (Colony) 10.61 (#4)

Boys 200

Daniel Fortenko (Terra Linda) 21.46 (#3)

Boys 400

Frank Kurtz (Heritage) 48.22 (#3)

Daveon Overton (Vallejo) 48.85 (#10)

Boys 800

Dylan Chamberlen (Paradise) 1:52.95 (#4)

Darrell Jackson (Fairfield) 1:53.85 (#7)

Boys 1600

Thomas Joyce (Campolindo) 4:10.31c (#3)

Boys HH

Kenneth Walker (Kennedy) 14.05 #1)

Boys HJ

Noel Frazier (California) 6-10.00 (#2)

Boys PV

Colin Barber (San Ramon Valley) 16-01.00 (#4)

Boys LJ

Conner Barla (Golden Sierra) 22-09.00w (#9 all conditions)

Boys TJ

Jeff Prothro (James Logan) 48-01.25 (#2)

Deon Pinder (Merrill West) 47-10.75 (#4)

Nathaniel Moore (Bishop O'Dowd) 47-07.00 (#5)

Karsten Wethington (James Logan) 46-06.00 (#10 ac)

Boys SP

Ryan Donnahoe (Gridley) 58-06.00 (#10)

Boys DT

Curtis Bleasdale (Vacaville) 177-07 #9

Girls 800

Kody Atkins (Chico) 2:10.37 (#3)

Madison Rcisk (California) 2:11.69 (#6)

Girls 1600

Carrie Verdon (Campolindo) 4:51.68c (#4)

Girls HH

Sasha Wallace (Holy Names) 13.43 (#3 ac)

Daje Pugh (Fairfield) 14.08 (#9 ac)

Daria Cook (Vacaville) 14.08 (#9 ac)

Girls LH

Daje Pugh (Fairfield) 42.98 (#2)

Daria Cook (Vacaville) 43.41 (#6)

Girls HJ

Gabby Williams (Reed, Nev.) 6-00.00 (#1)

Girls PV

Taylore Jaques (Presentation) 13-00.00 (#1)

Rachel Bolton (Homestead) 12-10.00 (#4)

Cimran Virdi (Las Lomas) 12-09.00 (#5)

Girls LJ

Shea Taylor (Grace Davis) 19-02.00 (#7 ac)

Girls TJ

Sasha Wallace (Holy Names) 42-04.75 (#1)

Kendal Nielsen (Brea River) 39-05.00 (#4)

Girls SP

Lovina Akauoka (Vallejo) 42-09.00 (#7)

Full entries, by school