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Shakira Lewis posts second fastest preliminary time in 100

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Shakira Lewis of Sierra High sprints to the finish alongside Johansen’s Jocelyn Davison in the 100-meter dash during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Trials Thursday at Elk Grove High. Lewis won her...

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED May 25, 2012 1:04 a.m.

ELK GROVE — Shakira Lewis crossed the finish line, and let a brief smile flash across her face before turning concern to an injured rival.

Lewis had just won her 100-meter dash heat with the second fastest time of the day, yet it would be impossible to tell.

The Sierra Timberwolves standout continued along her season-long path towards the CIF State Championships, completing the first of two final stages before a potential berth.

Lewis was second to only Esther Higwee of Monterey Trail (12.19) with a time of 12.48 seconds.

Lewis trailed Natsumi McGee approaching the finish line, but found another gear to pull off with the victory in a heat that featured four finals qualifiers.

“Every single time I run against somebody and they are a little in front of me it motivates me,” Lewis said after the win. “I remember when we (McGee) raced in divisionals, I was thinking ‘You have to get her, you have to get her’. She is super fast.

“I was just trying to catch her and it took off from there.”

Lewis just missed out on a chance to qualify in the 200 meters, falling short with a top-10 finish. She decided to complete her season-long dedication to track and field and compete in the 200, versus returning to Manteca and participating in Sierra’s graduation ceremonies.

“I don’t know how it’s going to work out,” Lewis admitted. “I’m going to try to make it back. I am assuming that they will still be calling names, so hopefully I make it back in time.

“I’d like to get my name announced, but if not I’m here.”

Several area athletes saw their seasons come to an end at Elk Grove High, with only the top three advancing to state in field events and eight spots open for the Masters finals track events Friday.

Ripon High’s Taylor Spence advanced to the trials in the 300 hurdles, where she turned in a competitive race and finished 1.5 seconds off the final qualifying time. Spence will not move on but realized the victory in simply making it to the meet.

“Those girls are pretty fast,” Spence said of the 300’s blistering times. “But for me, from my area making it here is huge. I think I ran a good race, but not as good as I wanted.

“I have to give those girls props, they are really fast.”

Sierra’s Emmanuel Elijah leads a small contingent of area juniors that came just short this season, yet hold legitimate expectations of making a return trip to the meet as a senior. Elijah’s 100 heat featured four qualifying times, leaving his 11.23 time just on the outside looking in.

“I know that I could have done better, but I think I did well coming into my first time at the Masters,” Elijah said. “I was thinking I’m here, I want to show something and move onto the next round, but it didn’t work out like that.

“I think next year will be big for me. With what I’ve accomplished my junior year, who knows what I can do?”

East Union’s Megan Jordan’s bid to advance fell short in the 400, as did teammate Jordan McNeal’s in the 100. Haley Cook improved on her 200 time (27.81), but did not advance into the finals.

Manteca’s Jordan Lyons and Rolland Pacheco were off the advancing list in the 400, while Lyons also missed out on the 200.

Sierra’s Jaliya Williams did not advance in the triple jump and Bret Wilson was short in the shot put, while East Union’s Joseph Daigle was second in his flight, yet didn’t advance.

East Union’s boys and girls 4x100 and girls 4x400 relays also competed. Manteca’s boys 4x100 was disqualified for a zone violation.

Finals will begin at 3 p.m. at Elk Grove High School.

 

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