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EPA Greyhounds win three national titles at USATF JO's

East Palo Alto Greyhounds' Layla McGee stands on top of the podium after receiving her first place medal for the shot put.

East Palo Alto Greyhounds Layla McGee returned from the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Lawrence, Kansas with a pair of gold medals.

McGee earned the national titles in shot put and discus in the 11-12-year old girls division. She threw the shot put a personal best 42-11 in and the discus a personal best 105-0.

Brooklynn Lemon had a pretty good meet as well, winning the 8U national title in the long jump with a leap of 12-12, her personal best, and adding a fourth-place finish in the javelin with a personal best 51-1 3/4.

The 8U 4x100 relay team of Aunjolie Reyes, Akire Jackson, Emoni Stuart and Lemon finished third in 1:01.04, .03 seconds put of second place and .07 seconds out of first.

Sofia Brower finished 18th in the 9-10 high jump in 3-5 1/4 and was 19th with a personal best of 21-4 3/4 in the shot put. Leilani McGee was ninth in the 9-10 girls shot put in 24-7 3/4

The Peninsula Flyers sent a pair of athletes to the nationals in the 1,500 meters for the 13-14 age division.

Alex de Vernov finished 16th in the boys with a personal best 4:28.90 while Sophie Gallo was 23rd among girls in 4:58.04. Gallo also finished 12th in the 3,000 meters with a season-best 10:49.91.

Also for East Palo Alto, 11-year-old Javon Chatman placed fourth in the 11-12 boys 1,500 racewalk. He raced a personal best 9:23.93 and was the youngest competitor among the top seven runners.

Eight-year-old Rome Taupau finished fourth in the shot put in his age division with a heave of 24-11 1/4 while 10-year-old Noah Brewer was 25th with a mark of 24-5.

The 13-14 girls 4x100 relay team of Jala Auzenne, Malia Latu, Mya Taylor and Ariannah Lasker were 29th in 55.46.

The Woodside Wildebeests' Isabelle Cairns placed 10th in the 13-14 girls 800 meters, running a 2:20.70.

As an eighth-grader at Pinewood last year, she won the West Bay Athletic League 800 title in 2:21.29, 13 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

In the 11-12 boys division, Justin Pretre placed sixth in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:41.35 and eighth in the 800 meters in 2:18.42.

The 13-14 girls 4x800 relay team of Colleen Lucey, Lucy Coyle, Felicity Desuasido, and Julia Granucci finished 15th in 11:01.41.

Other results for the East Palo Greyhounds:

9-10 boys 200 meters: 29, Moyosola Erogbogbo 29.76

9-10 boys 800: 37, Samvrat Gowda 2:46.89

9-10 boys 4x400: 20, EPA (Jonathan Eaglin II, Erogbogbo, Feliciano Latu, Gowda) 5:08.94

11-12 boys long jump: 50, RayAnthony Campbell 13-2 3/4

8U girls 100: 43, Akire Jackson 15.95

9-10 girls 200: 35, Kei'niyah Talton 30.69

13-14 girls 200: 31, Malia Latu 27.05

8U girls 400: 15, Emoni Stuart 1:15.09

8U Girls shot put: 32, Stuart 12-6 3/4

9-10 girls 400: 37, Talton 1:12.63

13-14 girls 400: 33, Latu PR 1:00.15

9-10 girls 1,500 racewalk: 17, Vanessa Patterson 11:30.49

11-12 girls 1,500 racewalk: 19, Lawann Patterson PR 9:47.83

13-14 girls shot put: 46, Jala Auzenne 31-8 1/4

13-14 girls shot put: 49, Daujae Degraffenreed 30-9

13-14 discus: 41, Auzenne 81-4 1/2

Menlo iGreyhounds results:

17-18 boys 400: 50, Nicholas Marsano (CSU) 52.05

15-16 boys 800: 45, Calvin Katz (Priory) 2:16.85

17-18 girls 800: 41, Alyvia Cary (Harker) 2:47.07

Other Woodside Wildebeests results:

13-14 400 girls: 27, Izzy Cairns PR 59.34

13-14 1,500 girls: 40, Anna Weirich 5:09.26

11-12 1,500 biys: 32, Landon Pretre 5:27.52

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Posted by Shirri Brockett
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Congratulations to all the young ladies and youngmen on the EPA Greyhounds. Very proud of you all for doing a great job in Kansas in Track & Field. Keep up the good work! To All the coaches on the Greyhounds, thanks for giving back to our community and keeping our kids on a positive path!

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Posted by MENLO
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Way to represent, GO GREYHOUNDS!

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