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Eight area field athletes advance to Masters
SJS Division IV-V track trials
LaNicia Ellis of Lathrop placed second in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV triple jump on Wednesday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

STOCKTON — Lathrop and Ripon each have two field athletes who have already qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.

They competed in the SJS Division IV-V Trials on Wednesday at Weston Ranch High. The divisional champions of each event along with the next best three placers by mark and at-large qualifiers move on.  The Masters meet is May 20-21 at Davis Sr. High.

Lathrop teammates LaNicia Ellis and Alaba Olaleye are Masters bound in the triple jump after taking second and fourth overall. Ellis’ top mark was 35 feet, ½ inch, and Olaleye’s was 34-0 ½.

For Ripon, pole vaulter Jaden Hamilton placed third in Division V and fourth overall with a mark of 12-9. Gabby Delgado was the final qualifier in the shot put, taking third in D-V with a toss of 33-3.

Ellis was also among the top athletes in the track preliminary races. She turned in the fastest times in Division IV for both the 400-meter dash (1 minute, 1.83 seconds) and 200 (26.49). The competitors with the eight fastest times overall for each division advances to the final races set for Friday.

Fellow Spartan Adonis Siga, a sophomore, earned the top-seeded D-IV times in the 110 hurdles (15.47) and 300 hurdles (40.77).

Lathrop’s 4x400 team of Kameron Jones, Ociel Mora, Jesus Sanchez and Jimari Dove finished first overall in 3:37.03.

Anthony Sausedo was in on three top-seeded efforts. He’s the Division V favorite in the 110 hurdles (15.58) and 300 hurdles (40.16). He was also part of the No. 1 4x100 relay (44.25) with Norberto Quintero, Jack Manning and Hamilton.

Annie Wild (2:20.06) and Jenna Skavdahl (2:28.15) each won their heats in the 800 and went 1-2 overall. They were part of the fastest 4x400 relay (4:10.39) including Emily Paxton and Claire Morris. Skavdahl is also the top qualifier in the 400 (1:00.66). Freshman Starla Skiles ran the best time in the 300 hurdles (49.58).


Division III

Manteca has three Masters qualifiers after punching their tickets Tuesday at Weston Ranch.

Justice Chase (triple jump, fifth, 41-3), Leilani Rios (shot put, fourth, 36-11) and Karina Beck (shot put, sixth, 34-5) are advancing with top-six finishes.

Weston Ranch standout Galadriel Mellion won the shot put (42-1).

On the track, Manteca sprinter Zion Allen registered the best times in the 100 (10.93) and 200 (21.75). He was also on the winning 4x400 (3:31.30) with Evani Gaeta, Julian Moncada and Ramon Arechiga. Jesus Lopez, Allen, Moncada and Arechiga are the No. 2 seed in the 4x100 (43.22).

Taylor Snaer was the area’s top female track athlete with the top time in the 400 (57.50) and second fasted in the 200 (25.23).

The rest of the field events and track finals take place today back at Weston Ranch.