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ROUNDUP: Lathrop’s girls take second in Jaguar Invitational
Jaguar Invitational
Lathrop’s Azul Maldonado competes in the varsity high jump during the Jaguar Invitational held at Kimball High on Saturday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Lathrop’s varsity girls track and field team placed second in the Jaguar Invitational held Saturday at Kimball High’s Don Nicholson Stadium.

The Spartans were outpointed by Sonora, 58.2-52.2. East Union followed in eighth place with 30 points, and Ripon took ninth with 20 out of 19 teams that scored.

In varsity boys, Ripon paced area squads with 44 points for fourth place out of 18. Lathrop finished fifth with 39 points, and East Union 14th with 10. Golden Valley tallied 88 points for the meet title.

LaNicia Ellis and Alaba Olaleye were among the top performers for Lathrop, going 1-2 in the girls long jump. Ellis won it with a mark of 34 feet, 7 inches. They were are part of the second-place 4x400 relay with Tatiana and Taimane Lowery.

Riana De La Cruz was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles, and Taimane Lowery took fourth in the 1,600. Lowery was also on the second-place 4x800 and fourth-place distance medley relay.

Lathrop’s sprint medley quartet of Krystal Banuelos, Keziah Boateng, Guadalupe Zepeda and Azul Maldonado won in 2 minutes, 17.60 seconds.

East Union and Ripon’s girls earned their points in individual events.

Annie Wild spearheaded Ripon with a win in the mile (5:45.50). Joselyn Figuera was fifth in the mile, and Gabby Delgado took second in the shot put.

For East Union, Taylor Snaer (400), April Duarte (1,600) and Jazmine Gutierrez (discus) all placed second in their events. Alesandra Caringal-Holmes finished third in the shot.

Jaden Hamilton led Ripon’s boys with a win in the pole vault (11-06), and Anthony Sausedo was the 110 hurdles runner-up. Both were heavily involved in the relays, helping the 4x400 (Devin Fitzpatrick, Allen Rivas) win in 3:42.44, Jack Manning and Norberto Quintero joined Hamilton and Sausedo on the second-place 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

The Lathrop boys also had success in the relay events. Luis Matute, Juan Cooks, Aron Camacho and Michael Salcedo won the 4x800 in 9:34.11. The same foursome was third in the distance medley.  The Spartans’ 4x400 quartet of Kameron Jones, Isaic Cruse, Jesus Sanchez and Cameryn Hayes took second.

Westley Reyes contributed a second place in the pole vault, and Jaylon Thomas took fifth in the triple jump.

East Union freshman Cesar Salinas was the varsity boys winner in the 400, clocking a personal record of 54.25.

Ripon fared well at the frosh/soph level, with the boys taking third and the girls fourth.

Brett Shaw highlighted the lower-level Indians with a win in the 110 hurdles. East Union’s frosh-soph boys 4x400 relay of Izik Quezada, Matthew Potter, Moses Segura and Anthony Morales won. Gavin Miller took first in the pole vault for Lathrop.

Linda Medrano was a double winner for East Union’s frosh-soph girls, as she conquered the 400 and the mile.

Ripon’s girls won the 4x100, sprint medley and distance medley relays. Relay particpants were Kyla Agbayani-Duenas, Rylee Agbayani-Duenas, Starla Skiles, Emily Paxton, Rylee Dumlao, Brooklyn Ballard, Emma Grussing and Mallory Govia.



Sierra 9, East Union 0

The Timberwolves dominated their cross-town rivals, getting 6-0, 6-0 wins from Nos. 1 and 6 singles Brady Alves and Ian Ticonie.

David Nasser (6-0, 6-3), David Martin (6-3, 6-1), Maha Rajetheman (6-0, 6-2) and Max Perez (6-3, 6-3) also swept in singles play. No. 1 doubles partners Darrin Riojas and Hashain Ali contributed a win. East Union forfeited the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles matches.



Lathrop 3, Grace Davis 0

Lathrop continued its dominant start to the season, crushing Grace Davis on the road, 25-8, 25-12, 25-15.

The Spartans are now 5-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and 14-0 overall.

Christian Green led the way with 11 kills and two aces. Arman John turned in eight kills and 10 digs. Tory Sumbler posted 25 assists, 14 digs and six aces. Diego Sanchez racked up 16 digs.


JV boys volleyball

Lathrop 2, Grace Davis 0

Lathrop held on for the 25-12, 28-26 sweep.

Charles Reyes amassed nine assists and five aces. Alexander Vere contributed six aces and five digs.