Track team enjoys success at Hughson Invitational
by PI Staff
Apr 03, 2009 | 707 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patterson senior Ronyea Ellington clears the 5-foot-10 high-jump bar with ease. Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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The Patterson High track and field team enjoyed a big day at the seven-team Hughson Invitational last weekend, finishing second overall.

There were two divisions at the meet: a championship division for the top two athletes in each event, and a varsity division for the next three athletes. A total of five athletes were allowed in each event.

At the boys championship level, Patterson senior Ronyea Ellington placed first in the high jump. Teammate Jorden Faatiga continued his season’s success in the throwing events, placing first in the discus and second in the shot put.

Ronyea Ellington, Ramone Ellington, Jelani Brown and Imani Brown also finished first in the 4x100-meter relay.

Official times for most of the day’s events were not available.

Patterson’s Emmanuel Brooks kept busy, placing first in the triple jump and second in the 100, long jump and high jump.

Ramone Ellington finished in second place in the 200. Teammate Shaun Jackson placed second in the 100 hurdles.

Imani Brown and Thomas Dodd placed second and third, respectively, in the pole vault.

At the boys varsity level, Ashraf Aziz finished in first place in the 200. Senior Adrian Rodriguez took home first-place honors in the shot put.

Throwers Daniel Arriola (shot put) and Jacob Priester (discus) both earned second-place finishes.

Jackson came in second in the pole vault.

Amber Bond swept her girls championship-level events, placing first individually in the 100, 200 and pole vault. Teammates Daniella Hernandez, Ashlee Jones and Tamiesha Jackson joined Bond in a first-place win in the 4x100 relay.

Hernandez also took second in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She ran a personal record in both events.

Jones came in third in the 100.

At the girls varsity level, Porsha Hall finished in first place in the 100. Teammate Krissy Deblay came away with a first-place finish in the 300 hurdles.

Rayesa Smith (200), Danielle McWilliams (100 hurdles) and Elizabeth Cortez (3,200) each placed second in their respective events.

Cydney Jackson placed third in the high jump, and Veronica Frisenda placed third in the 3,200.

But, Patterson coach Shellie Freres called the weightmen’s relay the highlight of the day.

The event is a 4x100 relay, run by any four athletes who had competed in weight events during the course of the meet.

Patterson’s team was composed of Imani Brown, Arriola, Priester and Faatiga. The foursome won the event in a time of 49.53 seconds, 4.5 seconds faster then the second-place team.
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