Section Showdown Virtual Meet: Girls, CC vs. NC


What is this?
  • This is a dual meet team competition that matches the all-time marks in one section against those in another using dual meet scoring and individual event participation rules.
  • The first phase was head-to-head. If you missed any of those articles, click here to get caught up. This phase of the competition is head-to-head semifinals in a double-dual scoring format.
Contenders, pretenders and the beast awaiting the feast
  • There are six sections that range between 101 and 198 schools: Central, San Diego, Los Angeles, Central Coast, North Coast, Sac-Joaquin. Those are the six in the dual meet competition.
  • There are three sections with a combined total of just 105 schools: San Francisco, Oakland, Northern. Those sections don't have the depth of athletes to be competitive in this virtual format. Sorry, but they are not part of the dual meet tournament.
  • From the dual tournament, two three sections from each gender were eliminated leaving three semifinalists, which would be scored in a double-dual: North Coast, Sac-Joaquin and San Diego in the boys and Central Coast, North Coast and Sac-Joaquin in the girls.
  • And then there's the Southern Section, which includes 37 percent of the schools in the state. We have something special lined up down the road to involve the beast that is our friends in the SS.
The setup
  • Meets are held at neutral sites on a perfect 70-degree evening with no wind. Scoring is based on the best all-time marks from each section. Times may be converted. Altitude is not a factor.
  • Sections are limited to three entries per event and athletes are limited to four individual events. Dual and double-dual meet scoring is 5-3-1 for 1st through 3rd with a 5-0 score for both relays. There is separate competition for boys and girls.
  • Meets are presented in order of events with updated scoring after each event. The approximate conclusion of each field event is slotted throughout the track event schedule.


  • If only this could happen for real!

GIRLS: Central Coast Section vs. North Coast Section

4x100 Relay

Deep and talented, the 1981 Berkeley quartet got the meet off quickly as the Yellowjackets sped to a 45.13 for the victory. Senior Sharon Ware, an 11.34 100 runner, anchored the team. Score: NC 5, CC 0. Running score: NC 5, CC 0.


Talk about your close races. San Lorenzo Valley's Anna Maxwell (4:41.63 in 2014) edged CC teammate Nikki Hiltz of Aptos (4:42.45) in 2012 with Santa Rosa's Julia Stamps (4:42.79 in 1997) grabbing the final point of NC. Score: CC 8, NC 1. Running score: CC 8, NC 6.

High Jump

Woodside's Wendy Brown (6-2.25 in 1984) dominates the event between these two sections and after St. Ignatius' Jenna Grimaldi (6-0 in 2001) makes it 1-2 for the CCS, a four-way tie develops for third place at 5-11 among San Lorenzo Valley's Cassie Ackermann (2017) and Menlo Atherton's Chi Johnson (1991) for the CCS and Acalanes' Maggie VanZeeland (1981) and Sonoma Valley's Mindy Wiley (2005) for the NCS. Score: CC 8.50, NC 0.50. Running score: CC 16.50, NC 6.50.

100 Hurdles

Twelve-hundredths of a second, that's all that separated Mt. Pleasant's Vashti Thomas (13.03 in 2003) and Berkeley St. Mary's Trinity Wilson (13.15 in 2011). Another five-hundredths back was Dublin's Mecca McGlaston (13.18 in 2015), meaning just 17 hundredths of a second from first to third. Good thing there are photos. Score: CC 5, NC 4. Running score: CC 21.50, NC 10.50.

Long Jump

Clearly a superior event for the North Coast Section. Hercules' Jamesha Youngblood (21-0 in 2007) and James Logan's Jernae Wright (20-11.50 in 1996) bounded 1-2 with a half-inch separation and Holy Names' Ke'Nyia Richardson (20-10.50 in 2007) edging the first Central Coast opponent, Woodside's Wendy Brown (20-9.75 in 1984), to complete a 1-2-3 sweep. Score: NC 9, CC 0. Running score: CC 21.50, NC 19.50.


Bishop O'Dowd' Tierra Robinson-Jones (52.37 in 2018) and Deer Valley's Chizoba Okodogbe (53.06 in 2010) go 1-3 but Mills' Leslie Maxie (52.83 in 1984) gets in to break up the North Coast duo. Score: NC 6, CC 3. Running score: NC 25.50, CC 24.50.

Discus Throw

The girls are throwing the discus while the guys put the shot. San Jose Valley Christian's Elena Bruckner (186-10 in 2016) wins this easily. Washington's Laura DeSnoo (167-1 in 1981) grabs second for NC and Ygnacio Valley's Kirstin Heaston (165-10 in 1993) and Carmel's Darlene Tulua (165-10 in 1996) split third. Score: CC 5.5, NC 3.5. Running score: CC 30, NC 29.


St. Elizabeth's Ashton Purvis (11.17 in 2010) gets to the finish line a step ahead of Mt. Pleasant's Jeneba Tarmoh (11.24 in 2006). Berkeley's Sharon Ware (11.34 in 1980) is there to collect the bronze medal over Monterey's Sani Roseby (11.42 in 1999). Score: NC 6, CC 3. Running score: NC 35, CC 33.


At the halfway point in the meet, the CCS needs some points. Camden's Ann Regan (2:04.37 in 1977) gets it going with a victory but Livermore's Jessica Spies (2:05.84 in 1981) gets up for second -- barely. Spies needs to lean to beat Sunnyvale Fremont's Francie Larrieu (2:05.9 in 1970). Score: CC 6, NC 3. Running score: CC 39, NC 38.

300 Hurdles

Mills' Leslie Maxie (40.18 in 1984) was one of a trio of great versatile athletes in the meet at the Coliseum before the Olympics (Woodside's Wendy Brown and Sweetwater's Gail Devers were the others), and she wins this one over the James Logan duo of Thandi Stewart (40.45 in 2010) and Natasha Neal (40.86 in 1998). Score: CC 5, NC 4. Running score: CC 44, NC 42

Shot Put

All-time state leader Elena Bruckner (54-7 in 2016) of Valley Christian grabs the gold as Ygnacio Valley's Kristin Heaston (52-11.50 in 1993) wedges herself in between Bruckner and Santa Cruz Harbor's Julie Dufresne (50-7.25 in 2005) to prevent a larger point for the CC. Score: CC 6, NC 3. Running score: CC 50, NC 45.


Here are those NC sprinters again. St. Elizabeth's Ashton Purvis (22.90 in 2010) and Berkeley's Aisha Margain (23.38 in 2000) sandwich Mt. Pleasant's Jeneba Tarmoh (23.14 in 2006) for six big points as NC pulls closer with four events remaining. Score: NC 6, CC 3. Running score: CC 53, NC 51.

Pole Vault

This is one of the Central Coast Section's best events and they need it. With Castilleja's Tori Anthony (14-1.50 in 2007) leading the way, the CCS extends its lead with a 9-0 sweep as Pacific Collegiate's Erika Malaspina (13-9 in 2016) and Presentation's Taylor Jacques (13-4.25 in 2012) soar. Score: CC 9, NC 0. Running score: CC 62, NC 51.


Del Mar's Cory Schubert (10:04.02 in 1983) and San Lorenzo Valley's Anna Maxwell (10:04.81 in 2014) collect a 1-2 before Livermore's Cheri Williams (10:06.3) can prevent a sweep as the CCS clinches the huge team victory. Score: CC 8, NC 1. Running score: CC 70, NC 52.

Triple Jump

Holy Names' Ke'Nyia Richardson (44-5.50 in 2007) and James Logan's Ciara Brewer (43-4.25 in 2009) go 1-2 and Mt. Pleasant sprinter-jumper Vashti Thomas (43-1.50 in 2008) prevents the sweep and adds one more point to the winning total for CCS. Score: NC 8, CC 1. Running Score: CC 71, NC 60.

4x400 Relay

What would the NCS be without James Logan? In 2004, the Colts' quartet sped to a 3:37.85 -- the 12th fastest time in state history. Score: NC 5, CC 0.

Although the NCS rallied late for 14 points, it was too little too late as the CCS won this dual as well as the girls side of the overall Section Showedown double-dual team title!!!

  • FINAL SCORE: Central Coast Section 71, North Coast Section 65.
  • Next: Boys, North Coast vs. Sac-Joaquin
  • State Records Source


Photos by Jeff George, Kirby Lee/Image of Sport, James Leash, Eric Taylor.