Oakland Section Track and Field Preview


Skyline's Noah Mitchell is a three-time Oakland Section 300 hurdles champion. (Eric Taylor photo)

Oakland Technical senior Akil Riley is the defending champion in both short sprints. He took the 100 in 11.17 and the 200 in 22.34 (PR), and ran in qualifying on Friday at the State Meet in both. In fact, in the 100 qualifying, he ran 10.97, dipping under 11 seconds for the first time. 

Among the returners in the 100 and 200, Oakland High sophomore Christian Trapps was third in the 100 and fifth in the 200 at the section final. He has gone 11.47 and 23.54, respectively. Skyline junior Cyrus Winters (11.61/23.33) was fifth and sixth, respectively.

Skyline senior Jaumaure Hanzy was second in the 400 to Larkin (50.40) for the second year in a row. Hanzy was third in the 200 a year after placing second as a sophomore.  He has gone 22.89 in the deuce. While the top 400 finishers are all coming back, there's a three-second gap between Hanzy and both Madison Park junior Anthony Coleman and Skyline junior Lucas MacHardy.

Skyline, which dominated the meet, winning the boys title by 173 points over runner-up Oakland Tech, returns the top three finishers from the 800 in senior Daniel Perry (2:05.65), senior Bryce Harrison and junior William Boyd

The Titans also have the top returner in the 1600 (senior Leonardo Brennan) and 3200 (senior Jacob Hackett) and the top three in both hurdles in seniors Noah Mitchell and Zavier Patton and junior Jayvon Carter.

Mitchell, who won the 300 hurdles for the third year in a row, was a State Meet qualifier in that event and turned in a PR of 40.60.

Oakland Technical returns depth in the distances with junior Benjamin Nicholas, sophomore Oliver Vaughan and junior William Webster, among them, in the 1600, and Nicholas and senior Nathan Lee in the 3200. 

Skyline junior Lucas MacHardy is the sections top returner in the high jump and the triple jump, Madison Park junior Anthony Coleman is the top returner in the long jump, and Oakland High's Siale Liku is the top returner in the throws.

Skyline's Daniel Perry. (Eric Taylor photo)