Leach Wins Tri-Valley 1600m Title


Senior Adam Hathaway competes in the 3200m at the Tri-Valley Championships. Hathaway went on to place 6th and advance to MOC.

Sarah Orders, Asst. Editor-in-Chief

The track squad advanced 10 athletes to the North Coast Section Meet of Champions (MOC). Athletes competed at the Tri-Valley Area Championships on May 18 in order to qualify for the MOC.

According to head coach Chuck Woolridge, the goal heading into the meet was to advance as many athletes as possible to MOC.

The top 7 athletes from each event qualified for MOC, which will take place at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, with trials on May 24 and finals on the 25. “Athletes such as Aidan Goltra, Brighie Leach and Lily Quint needed to conserve energy as they are expecting to compete for state qualifying positions this weekend,” said Woolridge.

Sprinter Ryan Hoffman anchored both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays and ran the 400m and 200m races. Hoffman broke 50 seconds in the 400m with a time of 49.64, which placed him 5th.

Hurdler Brian Pfaff placed 4th overall in the 110m hurdles. “Tri-Valley served as a great opportunity for Ryan Hoffman and Brian Pfaff to improve their marks and they now have a good shot at MOC finals,” said Woolridge.

Sophomore distance racer Brighie Leach won the 1600m race and established herself as the top miler in the section. According to Woolridge, this victory was a great accomplishment, but Leach will shift her focus to the 3200m and drop the mile for MOC. As competition gets tougher, athletes often drop events to be able to focus all efforts on one race.

Leach came back to compete in the 3200m and finished 2nd. Fellow sophomore Mary Orders placed 7th in the 3200m race, taking the final spot to move on to the MOC.

Aidan Goltra also placed 2nd in the 3200m with teammate Adam Hathaway placing 6th and both advancing to the MOC.
 Pole-vaulter Lily Quint placed 3rd with a jump of 10 feet 7 inches. “This vault is good for 5th best in Campo history and is among the top 8 going into MOC. She will be a podium contender,” said Woolridge.

Looking to MOC, Woolridge said the goal is to advance as many as possible from trials to finals. “Leach, Goltra and Quint in their events will fight for a top 3 spot in the finals to advance to the state meet,” he added.

The 4x400m relay team, consisting of Hoffman, sophomore Parker Lothamer, junior Harrison Hughes and senior Andy Van Heuit placed 5th overall. Hoffman also placed 5th in the 200m.