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WEEKLY ATHLETICS RECAP

Chabot Track makes statement at regional

Chabot's Conner McKinnon (800 meters), Leroy Elliott Jr. (110 hurdles), Adora Garrick (discus) and Jason Intravaia (5,000) all had strong runner-up finishes in the CCCAA NorCal Track and Field Finals at Gladiator Stadium.
One tough customer, McKinnon dug deep late to run a time of 1:52.60, just off his season best of 1:52.32. Rhomel Clarke finished fifth in the close 800, in 1:52.84.
McKinnon, Elliott, Garrick, Intravaia, and Clarke earned coveted berths in the CCCAA State Championship May 20-21 at Mesa College in San Diego.
The top four finishers in the track events earned state spots, along with the top fifth-place time overall from the Northern and Southern regionals.
Elliott, of Anchorage, Alaska, ran a personal record of 14.51, losing a close battle with James Traylor of CCSF (14.39), who entered the race ranked third in the state.
Garrick was thrilled to get a PR of 136-01. Her career at Chabot is coming to a grand conclusion.
"It's exciting," said Garrick, a 2014 Castro Valley High graduate. "I just feel really humbled. It's been a crazy season. I had a rough season last year not doing as well out of high school, but this season I really came back. I've done pretty well in all my events, but surprisingly disc, my best one this season. I just can't believe it, really. It's like a state of shock.".
Elliott was satisfied with his hurdles time, but felt his technique was too loose late in the race after an OK start.
"Yeah, I have something to fuel me for next week, but I was expecting something way, way more out of myself today," he said. "So that's OK. I've got next weekend. I feel blessed about that."
Intravaia punched his state ticket by finishing third in the 1,500 with a personal best of 3:58.43.
He took it out in the 5,000 and led much of the race, but just missed the 'A' mark for state qualification.
"I gave it my all," Intravaia said. "I tried pushing the pace in the middle of the race, and definitely for the third half of the race too, because that's the most important. But I just came three seconds short of the 'A' mark."
Bret Greene was eighth in the 3,000 Steeplechase (10:28.14).
Andrew Garcia was third in the pole vault (14-4).

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