DAVIS — Manteca’s Zion Allen earned two gold medals Saturday and Weston Ranch’s Galadriel Mellion earned one to go with another she earned on Friday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Championships at Davis Senior High’s Dewey Halden Field.
Allen and Mellion were joined by three other area athletes in qualifying for the two-day California State Championships beginning Friday in Clovis at Buchanan High School by finishing in the top three on Saturday.
Allen’s wins in the 100 meters (10.73 seconds) and 200 (21.82) were personal bests, and they broke his school records.
“There was very good weather today,” Allen said. “I felt good coming in.
“My block get-off was pretty good and there was some great competition at this meet and I am looking forward to state.”
After winning the girls shot put on Thursday, Mellion was in third place in the discus until her final throw when she bested her previous efforts by nearly six feet with a throw of 137 feet, 6 inches for first place.
“I’m happy about today,” Mellion said. “Most of my throws were a little off, but on my last throw I left it all out there.”
Ripon’s Anthony Sausedo got out of the blocks like a rocket in the 300 hurdles, winning first place in 38.26, a personal best by at least half a second.
“My goal was to get out fast and try to establish a lead as fast as I could to create a comfortable gap,” Sausedo said. “And I was able to do that.”
In his first year of high-school track and field, Sierra senior Jeontay Berry did it up right. He jumped a personal best in the long jump of 22-9 ¾ on his first jump, meeting the at-large qualifying mark of 22-7 for entry into the state meet. When the dust settled, his mark held up for second place.
“That first jump gave me a lot of confidence,” Berry said. “My goal for today was a 22-8. And then I hit a 22-9. I am proud of myself. This is what I wanted and what I have been working for.
“I had to go all out for my senior year. I have not competed in track since elementary school.”
East Union’s Taylor Snaer was second in the girls 400 with a personal best of 56.50.
“Going into it I thought I had a chance to take second,” Snaer said. “I was hoping I could pull out a first but I am happy with the PR.
“And I am really happy to be going to state.”
Ripon’s Annie Wild placed fifth in the girls 1,600 and eighth in the 800. Snaer was fifth in the 200, Sausedo was sixth in the 110 hurdles, Lathrop’s Adonis Siga was sixth in the 300 hurdles and Manteca’s Alyson Schneiders was eighth in the girls long jump. The East Union boys 4x400 relay team of Gerardo Cleto-Herrera, Cesar Salinas, Kainoa Ontai and Evan Cooper finished sixth.
Snaer and Mellion are juniors, but Allen, Sausedo and Berry are all seniors. With the state championships beginning on Friday, the seniors may have to choose between walking with their class or running in Clovis.