Tomkinson, who competes in the Central Coast Section, was aware of the story and asked about it by a Bay Area reporter.
"I did see the video of them last week," Tomkinson told Darren Sebedra of The San Jose Mercury News. "I really think it's a testimony to what a great community this is and really epitomizes the spirit we have. Each competitor really supports each other.
"We've obviously very fierce and competitive out there. There'll be some elbows that are flying while we're racing. But at the finish line, it's all love and support."
SUPERMAN TAKES FLIGHT
As whirlwind senior seasons go, it's hard to imagine any more crazy than that of Upland senior Caleb Lutalo Roberson. As a junior, Roberson won the State Meet title in the 300 meter hurdles. But Roberson is a football player who runs track. Looking for a better opportunity to earn a football scholarship, Roberson moved to Missouri last summer. And after having a season that garnered a full-ride to Wyoming, Roberson moved back with family and re-enrolled at Upland. He had to sit out the first part of the season in accordance with the CIF-Southern Section transfer rules, and had an inconsistent season leading to State.
As a sophomore, Roberson qualified for State in the long jump and placed fifth in what remains his PR of 23-05.50.
As a junior, he dropped the horizontal jump and focused on hurdles and sprints, to improve his speed for football. He qualified for State in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, reaching the final in the 300s and missing the 110 final by .07. He was third in section divisionals in the 100m.
He opened this season in March running the 300 hurdles in 36.96. But a few weeks later, he struggled to 38.68 at Arcadia, placing sixth. At the Southern Section Divisionals, he ripped off a 36.35, but the following week, struggling with an illness, he slipped to a sloppy 38.64 at Masters, placing fifth.
Additionally, he won the SS Division 1 title in the 100 (10.59) and placed third at Masters, qualifying for State. He also ran first leg on the 4x400 relay.
Friday night's State Prelims were not kind to Roberson. He did not qualify in the 100, running 10.84, his slowest time in a month, and in his lead leg of the relay, he was ruled to have stepped on the lane line too many times and the team was disqualified.
Fueled by anger and disappointment and only one race to disburse it, Roberson got out fast and attacked the hurdles with aggression, surging to a lead.
But it wouldn't be that easy.
Riverside King senior Reyte Rash
, who was second to Roberson in the State Final last year -- and had won half of the 12 previous 300 hurdles races against Roberson - was not about to go away. The opposite, actually.
With track announcer Tim O'Rourke whipping the crowd into a frenzy, Rash closed fast as Roberson was
starting to feel his legs give way. As the finish line approached, both runners, with nothing left but heart and desire, took flight.
With both sprawled on the track just beyond the finish, O'Rourke announced Roberson's victory in 36.32, .09 ahead of Rash. Stockton St. Mary's junior Jamar Marshall
, the 110 hurdles winner, was third in 36.74.
The race produced the top three times in the state and Nos. 2, 3 and 6 in the U.S. Los Gatos senior Joey Monti was fourth in 37.39 (CA No. 6).
Roberson is the first to repeat as champion since San Ramon California's David Klech in 2005-06 and the fifth in history of the event dating to 1975.
Madison senior Kenan Christon came in as the man to beat in the short sprints. The USC football recruit who runs track "for fun" had a blast on Saturday.
Christon, sixth in both sprints as a junior, had previously posted a 10.26 wind-aided best in the 100 meters.
On Saturday, he powered through a wind-legal 10.30 to equal the meet record set by another San Diegan, Southwest High's Riley Washington in 1992.
Christon came back later in the meet after the weather had turned and a chill enveloped the stadium looking to complete the sprint double. Getting out fast and remaining low looking every bit like the football running back he is, Christon leaned into the turn and by the straight, he was gone. His 20.69 was aided by a 2.5 meters-per-second wind, was .30 faster than runner-up Cameron Reynolds (Clayton Valley/NC) and .42 ahead of Christian Grubb
(Sherman Oaks Notre Dame/SS).
Grubb had beaten Christon in both sprints twice earlier this season but the third time was all Christon.
Christon is the first to double in the short sprints since Curtis Godin
(Santa Ana Mater Dei/SS) went 10.31 in the 100m and 20.87 to win the 200m in 2014.
SAVING HIS BEST FOR LAST