April 27, 2013
McKinley KOs Jesuit's Mitsch in Meet of Champs sprint battle

Jesuit's Austin Mitsch and Kennedy of Richmond's Takkarist McKinley, two of the fastest sprinters in California, have a beneficial rivalry going.

They continue to push each other in meets such as Saturday's 33rd Annual Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College.

On this day, McKinley edged Mitsch in a photo finish 100 meters, then nipped him again in the 200.

McKinley won the 100 in 10.768 seconds. Mitsch was second in 10.765. Later McKinley won the 200 in a personal best 21.58; Mitsch took second in 21.59.

"It's like Ali and Frazier," said the 6-foot-2, 235-pound McKinley. "I love racing against Austin. We push each other every time we run. I got him today, but he got me last weekend."

Mitsch defeated McKinley in both sprints at last weekend's Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis.

After the 100, McKinley and Mitsch exchanged big smiles and fist bumps.

"Takk is a great competitor," Mitsch said. "I call him a friend. We get along real well."

Although both ran slower than their season bests of 10.69 (McKinley's wind-aided) in the 100, there were no complaints.

"I was happy with it," Mitsch said of his 100 race. "My start wasn't the best. I came up a little too early. But I finished out the race."

Both seniors will move on to the Pac-12 next season.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound McKinley will play football at Cal. The 5-10 Mitsch will run the sprints for Colorado.

"Those were great races - that's everything you hope for in putting together a meet like this," said Jerry Colman, the Meet of Champions founder and director.

In other meet highlights:

• Castro Valley's Sasha Wallace was named the Field Athlete of the Meet for the second year after leaping to a nation-leading 42 feet, 4 inches in the girls triple jump. But she failed to improve on her national-leading 100 hurdles time of 13.43. Though she won easily in 13.89, the event was hindered by three starts and stops, though only one competitor was disqualified for a false start.

•State boys 400 leader Frank Kurtz of Heritage of Brentwood landed Boys Track Athlete of the Meet honors in winning in 47.03 and breaking a 16-year-old meet record.

• Castro Valley's Nate Moore moved into the state lead, all conditions, in the triple jump with a leap of 49-10, also a new meet record. It broke the second oldest Meet of Champions boys record of 49-5 set by Cordova's Joel Smith in 1987.

• Placer's Megan Tucker won the girls long jump in 18-11.25.

• Oak Ridge's Jacob Sipes won the boys 300 hurdles in 38.59.

• St. Francis' Kayla O'Brine won the girls discus at 124-02.

• Sheldon won the boys 4x400 relay in 3:17.87
• Pattriana Perry of Vacaville landed Girls Track Athlete of the Meet in winning the girls 300 hurdles in 42.64.

• Davis' Nick Denton (57-09.50) and Jesuit's Austin White (56-06.75) and Sina Javidan-Nejad (56.04.75) finished two through four in the boys shot put. Field Athlete of the Meet Afolabi Olabode of Golden Valley of Merced won in 58-03.25.

• Vista del Lago's Clare Carroll (10:49.88), St. Francis' Lauren LaRocco (10:51.30) and Oakmont's Karlie Garcia (10:53.50) went 2-4 in the girls 3,200. Brooke Starn of Monte Vista of Danville won in 10:46.77.

Several other area girls competitors placed second.

They included Monterey Trail's Ciara Levy in the 300 hurdles (43.99); Rocklin's Leah Carter in the high jump (5-7); Winters' Sofia Evanoff in the 400 (55.95); Cordova's Monique Newton in the shot put (40-11); River Valley's Mackenzie Arnold in the long jump (18-9.75); Cosumnes Oaks' Natsumi Magee in the 200 (24.28) and the Franklin 4x100 Relay (47.75).

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