Friday, March 01, 2024

12 NCS athletes to watch this upcoming Track and Field season

 In alphabetical order...

Amirat Temi Aganju, Pittsburg (Sprints/Hurdles)
Pittsburg sophomore Amirat Temi Aganju is a threat in multiple events including hurdles, sprints, and relays. Last season, Temi Aganju finished in 2nd place in the 300m hurdles at the NCS MOC and recorded her best time of 45.08 at the state final prelims. She also anchored Pittsburg to victory in the 400 relay and her team just missed the final with the 11th fastest time in the prelims. Her points in multiple events helped Pittsburg finish 5th as a team at the section final.

Lucas Cohen, Albany (Distance)
You can check out my recent interview with Lucas Cohen at this LINK. Cohen is one of the top returning distance runners in the section and should make an impact at the state level in whatever he chooses to pursue toward the end of the season. Last year, Cohen recorded personal bests of 1:58.37, 4:09.97 and 9:00.24. He will have an opportunity to climb up the ranks in the section all-time lists which you can find at this LINK.

Amaya DeFlorimonte, Bishop O'Dowd (Sprints/Jumps)
Another multi-talented athlete is Bishop O'Dowd sophomore Amaya DeFlorimonte. During the 2023 season, DeFlorimonte finished in 3rd place in the 400 meters at the section final and recorded her best time of 57.66 at the state prelims. She also competed in the triple jump taking the section title with a best of 37'3" getting valuable state meet experience in another event as a freshman.

Eden Enoru, Heritage (Sprints)
As a sophomore, Heritage sprinter Eden Enoru qualified for the state meet in the 200 meters as she finished in 3rd place with a near-season best of 25.28. In the 400, Enoru was the section champion and recorded the best time of her season at the Nike Outdoor Nationals with a time of 56.58. She also anchored her team's 4 x 400 meters relay to a 3rd place finish helping Heritage finish in 6th place as a team.

Joaquin Foster, San Domenico (Mid-Distance)
Before 2008, Crystal Springs Uplands resided in the BCL West and in NCS. I know it's been a few years but it still gives me a double-take when I see San Domenico with male competitors. Last season, San Domenico junior Joaquin Foster finished in 2nd place in the 800 meters to qualify for the state meet where he posted his best time ever in the prelims with a time of 1:53.89.

Jaden Jefferson, De La Salle (Sprints)
De La Salle has had its share of quality sprinters in the past including former NFL player Maurice Jones-Drew II. Last season, DLS freshman Jaden Jefferson certainly joined the Spartan elite sprinter ranks with a most impressive high school rookie season. He qualified for both sprint finals at the NCS MOC meet finishing in 6th in the 200 meters with a time of 22.38 and qualified for the state meet in the 100 meters as he finished in 2nd place with a time of 10.71. Jefferson also led off for the 400 meters relay as the team finished in 2nd place at the section meet and 5th place at the state meet. De La Salle was the section team champion.

Trevor Rogers, Acalanes (Sprints/Jumps)
During the 2023 season, the Acalanes 400 meters relay team finished in 2nd place at the state meet with a time of 40.96. That time places Acalanes as the 4th fastest team in section history trailing only 2009 DLS 40.85, 1981 Berkeley 40.86 and 1984 Berkeley 40.93. Running 3rd for Acalanes last season was junior Trevor Rogers. Along with relay duty, Rogers was also 

Brandon Rush, Bishop O'Dowd (Hurdles/Jumps)
Brandon Rush competed in many events during the 2023 season including sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps. He was at his best in the jumps where he finished in 5th place in the long jump. His best leap of 22'2.25" was recorded at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. He qualified for the state meet in the triple jump with a 2nd place finish at the NCS MOC and qualified for the state final where he finished in 5th place with a jump of 46'2.75".

Ali Santia, Clayton Valley (Sprints/Jumps)
Santia was one of the premier triple jumpers in the state. She was the DAL and NCS Tri-Valley champion in her specialty. At the NCS MOC, Santia finished in 2nd place with a leap of 36'11.25". At the state meet, Santia advance to the finals where she finished in 8th place with a season-best of 37'7.25".

Pinkie Schnayer, Campolindo (Throws)
One of the top throwers in the section, Schnayor recorded a best in the discus with a throw of 116'1". It was in the shot put that Schnayor stood out as she won a section title with a mark of 39'7.75". Her points in both events helped Campolindo win the team title. Schnayor has come out of the gates on fire in the discus as she recorded a huge PR in the shot put with a throw of 45'7". She also threw the discus 124'8" which is another PR.

La'Rico Tezeno, Pittsburg (Hurdles)
Tezeno is one of the top returning hurdlers in the section following the 2023 season. At the NCS MOC, Tezeno finished in 2nd place in the 110 meters hurdles with a time of 14.74. He won the 300 meters hurdles with a mark of 39.50. He also led off the 400 meters relay for Pittsburg as they narrowly missed the state meet with a 4th place finish at the section final.

Hanne Thomsen, Montgomery (Distance)
Hanne Thomsen, one of the most dedicated distance runners in NCS history is only a junior and she just recently signed an NIL with New Balance. Last season, Thomsen, recorded bests of 2:12.47, 4:43.63 and 9:55.31. At the NCS MOC meet, Thomsen was a double winner in the 1600 and 3200 and helped rally her team to a 2nd place finish in the inaugural 4 x 800 meter relay. At the state meet, she finished in 4th place in the 1600 but was unable to finish in the 3200 due to an injury.

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