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Seniors choosing Masters meet over graduation

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POSTED May 24, 2017 1:29 a.m.

Instead of marching alongside his classmates during Sierra High’s graduation ceremony this week, Kyle Wesley plans on running with the fastest athletes from the Sac-Joaquin Section.
 “I’m not going to be walking,” Wesley said last Friday after setting a personal record in the 200-meter dash. “It is what it is, but I’m dedicating my whole life to track right now.”
Graduation for Manteca Unified schools is set for Thursday and Friday, which also happens to be when the two-day SJS Masters meet will be held at Elk Grove High. It’s the last stop before the CIF State Championships, and only the top three finalists in each event (along with competitors who meet or surpass at-large marks) qualify.
Wesley will have the most chances among area athletes to move on having advanced to Masters in four events. In last week’s SJS Division III Finals he placed as the runner-up in the 100, 200, triple jump and long jump by narrow margins.
Fellow Timberwolf Bikram Thiara is competing in three events and is one of two 2016 state qualifiers from area schools. He took second in the Division III 110 and 300 hurdles and won the 400, which he may drop to focus on his specialty events. Thiara earned a sixth-place medal in the 300 hurdles last year.
Both seniors keyed Sierra’s second-place team finish at the divisional meet. Andry Paez (pole vault) and Jesse Hurtado (1,600) are also Division III champions for Sierra.
Sierra girls distance standout Megan Oblin advanced in both the mile and two-mile races. She broke her own program record in the 1,600 last week, crossing in 5 minutes, 6.29 seconds. Jasmin Correa will run the 200 and 4x400 relay. Alexus Surnip (100 hurdles) and McKenna Albrecht (discus) round out the Timberwolves’ Masters entrants.
Patricia Tajii (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jadyn Snaer (100, 200) and Nicole Robertson (long jump) star for East Union. The trio is joined by freshman Zoey Visser on the school-record 400-meter relay that seized the Division III title in 48.89. Tajii took first and second in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, respectively. Snaer captured the 100 crown. Tajii said last Friday she’ll compete at Masters instead of attending her own graduation.
Lathrop’s Isaias Hunter is eyeing the section’s high jump title after placing second last year. He is the first Spartan to ever reach the state meet. Vista del Lago’s Jake Grimsman checks in with the top-seeded mark of 6 feet, 8 inches, which Hunter has cleared on three occasions this season.
Michael Ramos, Tyrell Cooper and Tremayne Willis are part of Lathrop’s 4x100 and 4x400. Galven Munoz is part of the Division III champion mile relay, while Anthony Santos helped the 4x100 take second.
Weston Ranch has two Masters competitors in Andrew Farley (shot put) and Tomas Huerta (3,200). Ripon will be represented by Joshua Veltkamp (pole vault) and its girls 4x400.

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