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Spartans split WAC titles with Mountain House
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Kameron Jones sprints toward the straightaway on his way to winning the 200-meter dash for Lathrop in a Western Athletic Conference dual meet against visiting Mountain House on Thursday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Lathrop hosted Mountain House on Thursday for its final Western Athletic Conference dual meet of the season, and the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity championships were all on the line.

The Spartans boys were able to secure an outright claim to the title with an 84-53 win, but the girls were edged out 69.5-66.5 after losing the final race of the meet. Lathrop came away with both JV crowns.

“Varsity boys went into the meet knowing no matter what, the worst-case scenario would be sharing the title with Mountain House,” Lathrop coach Krystle Davis said. “But they wanted to make sure they put it away and remained undefeated.”

Leading Lathrop’s charge to its second varsity boys title was sophomore Adonis Siga, who won the 110-meter high hurdles (15.51 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (42.36). He was also part of the winning 4x400 relay.

Kameron Jones joined Siga on the mile relay and took first in the 200 (23.81) and second in the 100 (11.62). Sophomores Jimari Dove (54.45) and Ociel Mora (55.43) went 1-2 in the 400. Jesus Sanchez won the 800. He and Dove were also part of the winning 4x400.

Jaylon Thomas (triple jump), Westley Reyes (high jump, pole vault) and Dylan Terry (discus) contributed first-place points in field events. Gavin Miller and Isiah Abida backed Reyes in a 1-2-3 Lathrop sweep in the pole vault.

The varsity girls competition was decided on the last event of the day, and it was Mountain House that won the 4x400.

“We scored the meet several times this week and tried to find all the combinations to beat the Mountain House girls,” Davis said. “They are a really strong team. We knew it would come down to the 4x400 relay and it did.”

LaNicia Ellis paced the Spartans with wins in the 100 (13.21), 200 (27.71) and 400 (61.21).

Alaba Olaleye was the 100 runner-up and triple jump winner with a mark of 33 feet, 7 inches. Sophomore Riana De La Cruz won the 100 hurdles and pole vault and took second in the triple jump. Tatiana Lowery triumphed in the 300 hurdles (54.66).

Lathrop swept the discus throw with Alyssa Maynor, Abigail Bautista and Navi Kaur finishing in that order.

The postseason begins next week with the WAC Championships held Thursday at Mountain House.

“The coaching staff is so proud of all four levels,” Davis said. “It was a challenging year to work out the rust and get back the momentum we had lost after winning league in 2019. Last year was a crazy year of competing and balancing schedules with multiple sports competing at once.

“We remained undefeated in 2021, but it’s hard for any team to continue that streak. I am so excited because our teams are so young. We are only losing 14 seniors across both varsity teams.”


 Junior varsity boys

Lathrop 70, Mountain House 60

Makou Cagler was the top point getter with victories in the 110 hurdles, 100 and 200.

Dane Hilburn doubled in the throws, and Everardo Gomez won the pole vault and high jump. Oliver Hernandez added a wins in the 800 and 4x400 relay along with a runner-up finish in the pole vault. Jarren Holloway chipped in by winning the 300 hurdles.


Junior varsity girls

Lathrop 106, Mountain House 29

Freshman Michailla Springs spearheaded the one-sided win for the Spartans, racking up wins in the 200, 400, 4x100 and 4x400.

Ava Green took first in both hurdle events and the jump. Ikampreet Gill was a double winner in the throws. Kirat Sidhu took first in the long and triple jumps.