Lowell freshman Jenna Satovsky swept the distances at the section final and ran at the State Meet.
When discussing the CIF-San Francisco Section -- 'Home of the Academic Athletic Association' -- it's challenging to shift the focus beyond the dominance of the program at Lowell.
Until this season, Lowell had swept the varsity events for boys and girls titles at the section final -- known as the All-City Championships -- for the past four years and 19 times dating to 1997.
Lincoln was the last team other than Lowell to sweep both varsity titles when it did so in 2011.
Adding the Frosh-Soph results into the mix, Lowell won the overall program title for he 32nd consecutive year. McTeer, in 1987, was the last school other than Lowell to win the overall title.
So, even when the Cardinals lose, they win!
The All-City Final is the highlight of the season for the state's tiniest section, which had just five varsity girls teams and seven varsity boys teams score at the meet.
The event doesn't necessarily serve as a qualifier for the State Meet, as is the case in most other sections, eight boys in nine events and five girls in five events across five schools did hit qualifying standards during the season and earned the trip to Buchanan High in Clovis to represent the section at the CIF-State Meet.
None of the qualifiers to State made it out of Friday's preliminaries into Saturday's final, with the exception of two qualifiers in the 3200, which does not conduct a prelim.
But in the May 20 All-City Final at Kezar Stadium, it was a showcase for Lincoln, which won the boys title over Lowell, 207-123, and a much-tighter girls competition over Lowell, 201-193.
In the boys battle, the list of those contributing big points toward Lincoln's title can begin with senior Jovon Baker in the 300 hurdles (44.21), who also placed second (16.94) to teammate Joshua Lee in the 110 hurdles (15.39 PR), junior Mustapha Bhonopha in the 400 (51.96), junior Elias Marcelino in the 800 (2:08.39), and a field event crew that ultimately made the difference.
While Mission senior Jelani Al-Malik won the 100 meters for the third year in a row and the 200 for the second straight year, Lincoln picked sprint points in the 200 with Lee placing second (23.72) and senior Ajani Adewusi third (23.90).
And now for the points haul in the field events. Junior Martin Koulikov won the triple jump (42-03.75/2.2), won the high jump (6-00), and was second in the long jump (19-11.00/1.4), compiling 28 points on his own.
Other event winners for Lowell were sophomore Brianna Grissom in the 400 (58.42 PR) and senior Kathleen Mai in the 100 (13.21/-1.1).
Kiara Neely, a junior at George Washington, was a rare event winner not from Lincoln or Lowell. She edged the top three runners from Lowell to win the 200 in 27.62 (-1.3) after running a 26.16 PR at the section trials. Another in that category is Galileo Academy senior Alanna Lee, who won the long jump with a PR effort of 16-04.00/2.2).
Lowell junior Ethan Fung (left) placed second in the 400 meters in the Para Ambulatory Division at the CIF-State Championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
Photos in this article are from the CIF-State Meet by DeAnna Turner, Dan Tyree and Pat Rhames.