EBAL wrap-up from the Tri-Valley Herald.
|Article Last Updated: 5/14/2006 02:55 AM|
|Klech puts on dazzling show|
|Cal star wins four events, sets two records at EBAL finals|
|By Dennis Miller,, STAFF WRITER|
Inside Bay Area
|DANVILLE — What may become known as the "David Klech Victory Tour" by the time the first weekend in June rolls around began Saturday afternoon in the East Bay Athletic League Track and Field Championships at Monte Vista High.
It started the way many figure it will finish, with a series of sensational performances from the talented California track and field senior, who has put the Tri-Valley on the national track and field map.
The top six finishers in each event Saturday qualified for the North Coast Section Tri-Valley Meet next Saturday at Granada High.
Monte Vista took the girls team title, and San Ramon Valley won the boys crown.
Klech won four events and set two league records in the final EBAL meet of his illustrious career.
"This was such an exciting meet but also so sad because it's the last," said Klech, who will move on to UCLA next year. "It's been so great to compete in the EBAL for four years."
Klech dazzled fans, coaches and athletes one more time while setting league records in the 110 hurdles (13.99) and the 400 meters (47.64). Klech has run the 400 fewer than 20 times in high school, but due to a bad ankle, he opted out of the high jump and into the quarter.
"I have a pinched joint in my ankle, and we decided not to risk it," Klech said of skipping the high jump. "Of all the other events, the 400 complemented the 300 hurdles the most. But don't think it's one of my favorite races — it's one of the most grueling."
Klech is the defending state champ in the 300 hurdles, and his time of 35.45 in Arcadia this season is the top time in the nation. Saturday he won the 300 hurdles in 36.78, almost four seconds better than second place.
Finally, Klech won the long jump with a leap of 22-103/4. After his 400 race, Klech was honored by the EBAL coaches in a ceremony where he was presented with a hurdle board from each school in the league.
"It's been such an honor to run in this league and for Cal High," said Klech. "I couldn't have asked for a better coaching staff or better teammates. Everyone in the league — all the coaches and athletes — have been so wonderful."
A couple of the other great performances came from Brandon Adams in the high jump and the San Ramon Valley girls 4x100 relay team.
Adams, also of San Ramon Valley, set a league record in the high jump at 6-111/4. Last year, Adams came out of nowhere to go 6-10 at the EBAL meet and eventually advance to the state meet.
After seeing it all last year, the senior feels he's more ready for the postseason this time.
"I was more shocked last year, and it all came at me so fast," Adams said of the postseason. "This year I know what I need to do. I feel a lot better now than I did last year. This year, I know I can do it when I get to state."
Adams had a best of 6-8 this year before easily clearing 6-11 Saturday, then barely missing at 7-feet three times.
"At 7-feet, I felt good," Adams said. "I know what I need to do. I need to practice a little more on some things. I know I can clear it."
The San Ramon girls relay team broke a league record set by Berkeley during the Jackets' short stint in the EBAL. It was a mark many felt would be safe for a while, but the San Ramon quartet of Bailey Weaver, Tia Wilborn, Abbey Golliher and Kelly Fogarty clocked a 48.60, beating Berkeley's time of 48.81, set in 2000.
"We were so surprised," said Fogarty, who also won the 100 and 200. "We were in the 49s last year, but this is the fastest we've ever been and we're pretty excited."
Other multiple winners Saturday came from Monte Vista, as Chris Simpson (800 and 1,600) and Chris Krychev (shot put and discus) stood out for the Mustangs.