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Indians race to boys, girls titles; Lathrop 2nd in D4
SJS Division IV-V track finals
Ripon's Anthony Sausedo leads Hughson's Larkin Meyer in the Division V 110-meter hurdles won by Sausedo in 15.01 seconds. - photo by Dave Campbell

STOCKTON — Ripon won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Track and Field for both the boys and the girls and the Lathrop boys and girls were second in Division IV on Friday at Weston Ranch High School.

The Division winners and the top five overall in each event advance to the two-day Masters Championships on Friday at Davis High School.

“This is just awesome,” Indians coach Jorge Velasco said. “Especially to win it in both boys and girls.

“We did the hard work. We have a strong boys senior group and the girls has a strong freshman group and Annie Wild and Jenna Skavdahl.”

Spartans coach Krystle Davis sees a bright future for her young squad.

“Second is definitely a step up from where we have been,” Lathrop coach Krystle Davis said. “It’s exciting. Our team is young so we are only losing a few seniors.

“We have a bunch of freshmen that we are bringing up next year. So this is an exciting setup for years to come.”

Annie Wild was almost superhuman for Ripon. She won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 25.61 seconds), 1,600 (5:10.59), was second overall and first in the Division V 3,200 (11:58.38) and gave the Indians the lead for good when she pulled away on the second leg of the winning 4x400 relay (4:09.84) along with Emily Paxton, Skavdahl and Starla Skiles.

“My legs were killing me,” Wild said of her 4x400 start. “I knew I had to do it for the team.

“At the break line I realized that I had this, I could catch those girls and I still had more to give. I knew it was my last race and if I ended up passing out after that one lap that would be fine. I just had to give it everything I had for the team.”   

Anthony Sausedo pulled ahead on the second leg of the victorious boys 4x400 relay (3:39.55) with Devin Fitzpatrick, Jaden Hamilton and Norberto Quintero, won the 110 hurdles (15.01), 300 hurdles (39.35) and was second in the Division V 4x100 relay and fourth overall (43.96) along with Hamilton, Quintero and Jack Manning.

“This was such an important meet for all of us,” Sausedo said. “I gave it all I had.

“We worked so hard for this an I am really proud of everyone.”

After a slow start, Skiles won the girls 300 hurdles (48.832).

“I messed up my first hurdles a little bit,” Skiles said. “And then I hit the corner and saw the seventh person in front of me and I realized it was go time.

“I knew I had to hit the corner a little faster and the girl next to me really pushed me and got me going.”

Ripon’s Omar Alsaidi was second in the 3,200 (9:35.21) and fourth in the Division V mile (4:28.97), eighth overall.

“I put some distance on everyone else in the 3,200,” Alsaidi said. “And in the mile it has been a while but I finally snuck up on some people.”

Also advancing for Ripon are Skavdahl (first, 400, 59.66) and Gabby Delgado (second, third overall, discus, 112-11)

For Lathrop in Division IV, Adonis Siga won the 110 hurdles (15.01), the 300 hurdles 40.77, and was on the third-place (eighth overall) 4x100 relay with Isaic Cruise, Kameron Jones and Jimari Dove at 44.97. Jones, Dove, Ociel Mora and Jesus Sanchez finished second in the 4x400 relay, sixth overall at 3:34.39.

“I’m excited,” Siga said. “I know next week I will drop my times more and maybe beat my school records.”

Lanicia Ellis won the 200 (25.60) and 400 (1:01.32) and was on the third-place 4x100 relay, sixth overall, with Renaissance Urbina-Thierry, Alaba Olalaye and Tatiana Lowery in 51.61.

“I feel great,” Ellis said. “I missed Disneyland but it was worth it.”