STOCKTON — Lathrop senior Alaba Olaleye captured the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV triple jump title Tuesday at Weston Ranch High, spearheading a contingent of area athletes who have already qualified for the Masters meet.
The Divisions IV and V champions in each event move on, along with the competitors with the next best three overall marks. Those who finish outside of the top five but meet or eclipse at-large standards also advance. Half of the field-event finals took place Tuesday, as did the boys and girls 4x800 relays. The two-day meet wraps up on Thursday with the rest of the field events and track finals.
In team competition, Ripon’s boys and girls are defending their Division V crown from last year, while both of Lathrop’s teams hope to improve on their runner-up finishes.
Olaleye is the lone individual champion from the area, so far. She set a new personal record at 35 feet, 10 3.4 inches.
Jeremiah Green and Gavin Miller are other Spartans advancing to Masters. Green took third in the Division IV triple jump (41-05 ¼) and qualified with the fourth best overall mark. Miller placed third in the division for pole vault (12-09) and qualified fifth overall.
Both of Lathrop’s 4x800 relays are moving on after taking second. The girls team of Eliza Alday, Paulina Villarreal, Taimane Lowery, Jacquelyn Pena Santillan crossed the finish in 11 minutes, 4.97 seconds. The boys quartet of Ociel Mora, Michael Salcedo, Aron Camacho, Pau Del Val Roca clocked an 8:42.82.
For Ripon, senior Gabby Delgado is returning to Masters in the shot put after recording the fifth best overall mark at 34-06. She placed fourth in Division V.
Jade Thommes is also Masters bound after her divisional runner-up effort in the pole vault (10-02). She qualified with the third best vault.
Ripon’s 4x800 relays are also advancing, as the girls team comprising of Annie Wild, Jenna Skavdahl, Kyla Agbayani-Duenas, Madelyn Reedy won the Division V race win 10:27.40. Devin Fitzpatrick, Luke Bair, Tristan Anderson, Ricky Langenfeld took second in 8:39.21.
Both schools had many standout performances in the track prelims. Lathrop holds the No. 1 seeds going into the boys and girls 4x100 and boys and girls 4x400 relays in Division IV. Ripon is seeded first in the boys and girls 4x100, first in the girls mile relay and second in the boys 4x400.
Lathrop junior Adonis Siga clocked the top-seeded times in the 110 hurdles (15.07) and 300 hurdles (40.99), putting himself in prime position to defend his Division IV titles in both events. He is also in the 100 final as the No. 6 seed (11.55) and part of the Spartans’ 400 relay.
Janessa Ward is also off to a strong start for Lathrop, She turned in the fastest time in the 200 (26.94) and second fastest in the 100 (12.62). The junior is a member of the Spartans’ top-seeded 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Other Spartans reaching the Division IV track finals: Melia Lewis (400, fourth), Riana De La Cruz (100 hurdles, seventh), Jimari Dove (400, eighth) and Kameron Jones (100, fifth).
Among the notables for Ripon is sophomore Starla Skiles, the reigning Division V champion in the 300 hurdles. She’s the favorite going into the final after blazing to the top-seeded time of 47.69. She’s also fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.31) and part of the Indians’ 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Skavdahl is also set up to qualify in four events as a key part of the 4x400 and 4x800. Individually, she is the third seed in the 400 (1:03.42) final and second in the 800 (2:33.05).
Also advancing to the Division V track finals for Ripon: David Ssu (110 hurdles, fifth; 300 hurdles, third), Brett Shaw (300 hurdles, second), Clara Schoolland (400, fifth), Devin Fitzpatrick (800, third), Ricky Langenfeld (800, sixth), Olivia Maragos (100, fifth), Rylee Agbayani-Duenas (100, sixth), Dru Orlando (100, seventh), Jacob Allen (100, eighth) and Emily Paxton (200, seventh).
Ripon Christian was represented by a contingent of sprinters, and the Knights’ boys 4x100 — Ethan McGovern, Amos Cady, Trey Fasani, Brady Grondz — qualified for the Division V finals with the seventh fastest time of 45.77.
Day 2 of the Division IV/V meet starts with field events at 2 p.m. Thursday, and the track finals begin at 5.
The SJS Masters Championships takes place May 19 and 20 at Davis Sr. High, where the Section’s top athletes will vie for spots in the state meet.
Three Manteca field athletes have punched their tickets to Masters. The top six athletes out of the Division III meet at Lincoln High of Placer County advance.
Jake Ikharo placed fourth in the triple jump (34-06 ½), while Genesis Mailangi took fourth in the shot out (33-11). Alijah Cota wedged his way into Masters in the discus with the sixth-place mark (137-09).
Sierra’s boys 4x800 paced its way to Masters with a third-place finish (8:25.90). The four Timberwolves are Brendan Alson, Omar Ayala, Tristan Crowe, Jovan Sangha.
Local sprinters shined in the track trials.
Manteca sophomore Julian Moncada is seeded third in the 100 (10.84) and 200 (22.55). He’s also part of the Buffaloes’ third-seeded 4x400 and fourth-seeded 4x100. East Union freshman Jackson Fay will join him in the 100 final after taking fifth overall in 11.13.
Taylor Snaer is seeded fourth in the two sprint events, although she clocked the second fastest times in the 100 (12.20) and 200 (25.19).
Other Manteca Unified athletes returning for the track finals Thursday:
· Manteca’s Roberto Facundo (300 hurdles, eighth).
· Sierra’s Abigail Chapman (300 hurdles, sixth) and 4x400 relay (seventh)
· East Union’s Jarely Ortiz (800, eighth), Alex Cuevas (800, 12th) and boys 4x100 (eighth).