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Siga, Snaer charge to top-two seeds for SJS Masters finals
SJS Masters Track Trials
Manteca’s Julian Moncada leans across the finish line ahead of Rusty Jones of Downey to place second in his head in the 100-meter dash Friday at Davis Senior High. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin

DAVIS — Lathrop junior Adonis Siga is well positioned to qualify for the state meet, and East Union’s Taylor Snaer is within reach of a return trip.

They’re the standout performers from the area Friday on Day 1 of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships held at Davis Senior High School’s Dewey Halden Field. The finals are today.

The top three finalists in each event earn automatic bids to the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships set for May 26-27 at Buchanan High of Clovis. Athletes who don’t finish in the top three may still advance by meeting or eclipsing at-large marks.

Some Manteca-area athletes competed in field events on Friday but came up short of state berths.

Siga made a statement in the preliminary heats of his events. The SJS Division IV champion turned in the top-seeded time in the 300 hurdles at 38.89 seconds, which is just .07 off of his personal best. He also enters today’s 110 hurdles final with the No. 2 seed after winning his heat in 14.35 seconds.

Snaer made it to state in the 400 last year but is now focused on the 200. After scratching in the 100, she won her heat in the 200 in 24.83 seconds. Defending champion Kori Fields of St. Mary’s clocked the fastest overall time in 24.67.

Manteca sophomore Julian Moncada is also on to the finals after blazing to a wind-aided time of 10.74, good for the seventh seed in the 100-meter dash.

Ripon’s Starla Skiles will compete in two final events. The sophomore turned in the seventh best time in the 300 hurdles at 46.92. She is also part of Ripon’s seventh-seeded 4x400 relay, which includes Emily Paxton, Jenna Skavdahl and Annie Wild. They finished in 4 minutes, 7.63 seconds.

Fellow Indian Devin Fitzpatrick made the 800 final with a 10th-place time of 1:59.43.

In field events, Lathrop’s Alaba Olaleye and Ripon’s Gabby Delgado narrowly missed the finals.

Olaleye took ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 2 inches, but that was a half inch shy of the last finalist. Delgado placed ninth in the shot put (35-10) and was 2 inches away from earning another three tosses.

Manteca’s 4x100 relay was another near miss. Kaden MacDannald, Ramon Arechiga, Roberto Facundo and Moncada finished in 43 seconds flat but were .02 away from the last spot for the final.

Sierra’s 4x800 team of Brendan Alson, Omar Ayala, Tristan Crowe and Jovan Sangha had a solid effort, taking seventh in 8:29.58.

Also competing on Friday:

·        Ripon: Boys4x800 (15th, 8:43.47), girls 4x100 (13th, 49.66), boys 4x100 (23rd, 44.61), Skavdahl (400, 22nd, 1:02.06), boyx 4x400 (24th, 3:41.69), Clara Schoolland (high jump, no height) and Brett Shaw (300 hurdles, 21st, 42.43).

·        Lathrop: Girls 4x800 (25th, 11:26.49), boys 4x800 (13th, 8:42.93), girls 4x100 (19th, 50.81), boys 4x100 (18th, 43.89), Janessa Ward (100, 16th, 12.47; 200, 23rd, 26.99), girls 4x400 (21st, 4:20.17), boys 4x400 (17th, 3:31.47), Gavin Miller (pole vault, 11th, 12-09) and Jeremiah Green (triple jump, 24th, 39-11 ¾).

·        Sierra: Abigail Chapman (300 hurdles, 12th, 47.91), girls 4x400 (20th, 4:16.73).

·        East Union: Boys 4x100 (17th, 43.80) and Jarely Ortiz (800, 18th, 2:28.25).

·        Manteca: Boys 4x400 (18th, 3:32.18), Alijah Cota (discus throw, 17th, 132-11), Genesis Mailangi (shot put, 15th, 34-04) and Jada Ikharo (triple, 12th, 34-06 ¾).