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TRACK & FIELD: Lathrop’s Ellis clocks top times in D4 meet
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A.J. Hirsch takes the baton from Jeffrey Hargreaves on the way to qualifying fourth in the Division IV 4x400 in 3:35.40. DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

STOCKTON — In the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Track and Field Trials on Wednesday, Lathrop’s LaNicia Ellis qualified for Friday’s finals with two first places, a second and a third.
Ellis finished first in the Division IV 200 meters (25.50 seconds), and along with Ashley Gaspar, Ally Giordana and Isis Siga had the best qualifying time in the 4x100 relay (50.12). Ellis, Gaspar, Delaina Robinson and Siga qualified second in the 4x400 relay (4:11.60) and Ellis had the third-best time in the 400 (59.54).
Gaspar qualified third in the 100 (12.77), Maria Soto sixth in the 800 (2:33.88) and Siga seventh in the 100 (12.94) and 200 (26.34).
Qualifying from the Spartans boys were Joey Sanchis (third, 400, 51.94), 4x400 relay (fourth, Jeffrey Hargreaves, A.J. Hirsch, Isaac Ramus, Joey Sanchis, 3:35.40), Jaime Abida (Sixth, 110 hurdles, 17.12), Vince Prasad (sixth, 800, 2:04.81), Joey Sanchis (sixth, 300 hurdles, 43.78, 4x100 relay (seventh, Max Beasley, Hirsch, Hargreaves, Ramus, 45.63) and Hirsch (eighth, 400, 53.60.)
In Division V, Ripon’s Laila Irigoyen had the best qualifying time in the 800 (2:20.21) and qualified fourth along with Delaney Dougherty, Abby Rangel and Ashley Dillman in the 4x400 relay (4:10.87). The Indians’ 4x100 relay team qualified fifth (52.13) and Kiley Holland qualified seventh in the 100 hurdles (17.62).
Ripon’s Bennie Dimas won his heat and qualified second in the 800 (2:05.32) and was joined by D.J. Drake, Michael Daggett and Landon West to qualify sixth in the 4x400 relay (3:36.67) and West was seventh-best in the 400 (52.75)
The high jump was run as a final and the Indians’ Aaron Wood finished fourth at 6 feet. However, the qualifiers for next week’s SJS Masters Championships must either win in their division or have one of the next best-three marks, so Wood did not advance.
The top nine qualifiers from Wednesday will compete in the finals beginning Friday at Chavez High with the field events starting at 2:30 p.m. and running events at 4:50 p.m.