Nine PHS athletes earn top-three finishes
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Competing against a strong headwind, Patterson High's track and field teams posted impressive results and gained a day of quality training at the Livingston Invitational Meet on March 3, at Atwater High School.

The annual nonleague meet involved athletes from 20 schools in the region, competing in 16 events.

"The numbers are looking good this season for the team," said Patterson coach Shellie Freres. "I expect our varsity boys team to be very competitive in the Western Athletic Conference."

Daniel Kelepi claimed first-place finishes for Patterson in the 110-meter hurdles (16.83 seconds) and the triple jump (41 feet, 1 1/2 inches). Teammate Robert Ekwueme added a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles (17.26).

Austin Luckert of Patterson, who advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V championship last year, placed first in the pole vault with a mark of 10-6.

Nathan Stanton -- Patterson High's first state-level qualifier in cross country -- trotted to second-place finishes in the 1,600 (4:44.67) and 3,200 (10:08.75) races.

"Reaching (the California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis) is definitely Nathan's goal," Freres said.

Rajheem Carrie, Matthew East, Rodney Lawson and Rajaee Delane were Patterson's last state-level qualifiers in track and field, after placing second in the SJS Masters boys 4x100-meter relay final two seasons ago.

Ivan Barbontin, Sean Kozina, Hunter Powers and Kelepi captured a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay (45.78).

For the girls, Irie Ama placed third in the shot put (33-1).

Tomas Virgen placed first in the junior varsity boys 1,600 at 11:20.31 and also came away with a third-place nod in the 3,200 (5:18.28).

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.
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