Pleasanton Preps: Falcon Track Club stars compete at nationals

Also: Granada Little League takes second at World Series in Livermore

The Falcon Track Club recently returned from the U.S. Track and Field Association's National Junior Olympic Championship meet that was held in Greensboro, N.C. at the end of July.

Last year, the FTC had just four athletes qualify for nationals, but this year the team more than tripled that number and qualified 13 athletes for this national level meet. There were over 9,000 youth athletes from ages 8-18 competing in the meet, which was held over a seven-day period.

Jana Barron returned to nationals to again compete in the girls 11-12, 800-meter run. This year Barron finished 21st out of 64 athletes with a time of 2:32.22 after finishing 31st last year. She also qualified in the long jump and finished 39th (13 feet, 3.75 inches) and 34th in the 400M (1:05.1).

Belle Aduaka also returned by qualifying in three events (400M, 200M and 100M) in the girls 17-18 division. In both the 200M and the 400M, Aduaka finished in 29th place with times of 25.40 and 58.02, respectively.

Other FTC athletes who competed at nationals included Ojal Dhar (100M, 200M, 15-16 boys), Haven Decker (800M, 15-16 girls), Isabella Noden (100M, 200M, 400M, 17-18 girls), Ella Swadley (400M hurdles, triple jump, girls 15-16), Lesley Townsend (high jump, 13-14 girls), Allen Seo (100M, 400M hurdles, 15-16 boys), Arjun Kasthuri (high jump, 13-14 boys) and Liam Swadley (high jump, javelin, 11-12 boys).

World Series in Livermore

West Seoul Little League (Asia-Pacific Region), from Seoul, South Korea captured the 2018 Intermediate 50/70 Baseball World Series Championship by defeating Granada Little League (Host Region) 10-0 in the finals at Max Bear Park in Livermore last Sunday.

The game was televised on ESPN2 and saw Granada take the team from West Seoul the full seven innings -- the only team in the tournament to do so, with the other games called due to the mercy rule.

Granada -- who was an automatic qualifier into the tournament as the host team after winning the District 57 tournament -- advanced to the finals by beating West Boynton Beach Little League from Florida (Southeast) 5-1 in the U.S. Finals last Saturday.

Granada finished 4-2 in the tournament.

Fall season here!

It may be hard to believe, but the fall season is upon us already. That means it's time to plan to get me the weekly results from your child's teams at Amador Valley and Foothill.

The kids are out there working hard every day so let's make sure they get credit for their efforts.

It's a simple process and should take no more than 15 minutes a week. At the end of each week, send me a short roundup of the week's games. Give me teams played, scores and highlights -- that's it.

You don't have to be a writer -- that's my job. Send me notes and I will turn it into a story.

Email them to by noon on Sunday and I will get them in the following Friday. One request: Don't be the person that only sends in results when the team wins. That sends a bad message to the kids.

This fall's on you, as we can only run the results we get turned in each week. So, before you complain about one school getting more coverage, be part of the solution -- not the problem.

Something new I would like to get this year is a roster for your team as well to be able to double-check the names each week.

We are also looking for pictures each week. All we need is the identification of the people in the picture as well as who took the photo. That's it: 15 minutes a week to provide the kids with a lifetime of memories!

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