Barmore shines at TCC meet
Yuba City High hurdler Bernell Barmore could be wearing additional clothing if he keeps taking top honors.
Racing in the 110-meter hurdles in the Tri-County Conference finals at Honkers Stadium Thursday, the junior sported a white long sleeve shirt while en route to taking first place, looking to best his personal time set last month.
"It just keeps me cooler," Barmore said. "I feel I can run faster because it's tight on my body."
Barmore was close to breaking his personal best time of 14.94 seconds, which he set at the Del Oro Invitational last month. His time in Thursday's finals were not available at press time. Along with taking first in the hurdles, Barmore took second place in the long jump with a leap of 21-feet, 1-inch.
"He did what we expected of him to do today," said Yuba City High track coach Mike Buzbee, whose boys squad posted a 3-2 record in TCC dual meets this season. "He's been ahead of the league all year. We want him to go to another level higher than what he went to last year. This year, he's third in sections (in the hurdles), so we are hoping he can go all the way to the section final."
Barmore advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section trials last spring and is working toward the goal of a title this season.
"For sub-sections, I want to at least finish first or second so I can go to masters and place good there, third or fourth, so I can run in state," Barmore said. "If not, I'm just hoping to compete in the masters' finals. That's a big deal for me. But next year, I can get state. I'm just ready for the competition."
River Valley's Kym Crosby smoked the competition in the girls' 400 meters.
Coming in with a personal best of 57.61 seconds, which is the top among all TCC girls, the junior started off behind two Woodland and one Natomas runner — but after the first turn, she raced past the competition to a first place finish — final time was not available at press time.
"I'm suppose to go out real hard," said Crosby, "but I like to save all my energy for the last 200."
Being congratulated by fellow runners and Falcon teammates, Crosby was still gasping for air after her easy victory. But that's OK for her, because just like Barmore, Crosby preparing for her plan of success, too.
"My goal is to just go out there, try as hard as I can, and just really beat those girls," Crosby said. "Just give it my all in every race."
Wonwyne Hale took first place for the Yuba City in the shot put with a toss of 33-11.
River Valley's Jordan Vida took second place in the boys 300 hurdles with a time of 42.54 seconds, and the 100 meters at 11.54 seconds.
Additional second place finishers for the Falcons were Brittney Reyes, a junior, in the girls' discus with a throw of 94-0, while Jacob Edwards leaped an even 11 feet in the boys pole vault.
Brandon Johnson, also of River Valley, took third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.35 seconds.
Final team results from the TCC were not available at press time.