Half Moon Bay High School’s Logan Marshall figured he would finish second at Saturday’s 3,000 meters.
Santa Ynez’s Roberto Bazan passed Marshall with 200 meters to go and started to pick it up down the stretch. About 50 meters later, Arroyo Grande’s Christian Ricketts passed Marshall. That’s when Marshall, a senior, got mad.
“I was not going to let a freshman beat me,” Marshall said.
Marshall passed the very talented Ricketts. Marshall had energy left to pass Bazan at the final, in 8 minutes, 54.4 seconds. Bazan, a senior, was second in 8:54.7.
“This is a confidence-booster for me,” Marshall said. “Last week, I ran the last lap in 71 seconds. Today, I ran the last lap in 65 seconds.”
The race was the first one of the day at the 76th annual Easter Relays, held at Santa Barbara City College. Marshall’s win put Half Moon Bay in a solid frame of mind. The Cougars took home plenty of medals.
Weather helped the Cougars as the meet, for most of the day, took place under overcast skies. The sun came out near the end of the day.
“It felt like Half Moon Bay weather,” Marshall said.
A few other highlights included Gabe Silveria finishing fifth in the 1,500 meters in 4:15.8.
Marshall and Silveria teamed up with Chris Jacobson and David Villafuerte to finish fourth in the 4x800 in 8:39.19.
The frosh-soph boys 4x800 team of Patrick Jones, Julian Torres, Khalil Droubi and Graham Faust finished in fifth in 9:04/49.
The frosh-soph girls distance medley relay team of Carmen Zafra, Helen Fisher, Mackenzie Faust and Clara Fassinger took second in the distance medley relay in 13:38.69. The team was also second in the 4x800 in 10:23.84.
Half Moon Bay begins the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division dual season at 3 p.m., Thursday, at Burlingame against the host Panthers and South San Francisco.