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Thiara races to surprise gold at Masters

Lathrop high jumper also returning to state meet

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Thiara races to surprise gold at Masters

Sierra’s Bikram Thiara glances at the clock in the 300-meter relays to see his first-place time in 37.27 seconds, edging Deion Lightfoot of Kimball who placed second (37.87).


POSTED May 27, 2017 2:03 a.m.



ELK GROVE — Sierra’s Bikram Thiara is returning to the CIF State Track and Field Championships, but this time his path south was paved with gold.
Thiara jumped out to an early lead Friday over top-seeded Deion Lightfoot in the 300-meter hurdles and held him off for the rest of the race, shattering his qualifying time by more than a second and setting a new school record with a first-place finish of 37.27 seconds in the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Championships at Elk Grove High.
“I didn’t know I had it until I crossed the finish line,” Thiara said. “Racing against a good athlete like Deion you never know when somebody is going to pull through. I was not trying to be overconfident. I was keeping my form and trying not to hit a hurdle and get the job done.
“I knew he was breathing down my neck so I had to keep going, pushing and driving my arms. This feels good.”
Earlier in the evening Thiara finished fourth in the 110 hurdles (14.64), missing third place and another berth at state by just .03 of a second.
One other local athlete will head to Buchanan High in Clovis on Thursday for the two-day CIF Championships. Lathrop’s Isaias Hunter finished second in the high jump (6-7), bringing home the silver for the second year in a row from Masters.
“This feels great,” Hunter said. “It’s been a crazy week with graduating on Thursday and coming here today.
“I have been in a slump recently and coming back and getting 6-7 is something I am actually proud of. I wish I would have got 6-9, but I still have next week.”
East Union’s Jadyn Snaer came up short in her two bids to go to State, finishing sixth in the 100 (12.47) and seventh in the 4x100 relay (49.17) along with Patricia Tajii, Nicole Robertson and Zoey Visser.
“I wanted to make it to State,” Snaer said. “I am proud of myself for making it here but this was bittersweet.”
Also competing Friday were Sierra’s (1600, 10th, 5:07.22),  Jasmin Correa (200, eighth, 25.53), McKenna Albrecht (discus, 14th, 104-7), Jesse Hurtado (1600, 19th, 4:36.47), and Kyle Wesley (long jump, 14th, 21-1); Weston Ranch’s Andrew Farley (shot put, 12th, 49-4 ¾),  and Tomas Huerta (3200, 19th, 9:41.64) and East Union’s Nicole Robertson (long jump, 19th, 15-11 ¼).   .
The Lathrop 4x100 relay team of Michael Ramos, Tremayne Willis, Anthony Santos and Tyrell Cooper was disqualified for an exchange-zone violation.  

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