PHS boys sweep top three spots in four events, defeat Livingston
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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Daniel Arciniega gets ready for his jump at 9’6” at Patterson Community Stadium Wednesday, March 12.
Daniel Arciniega gets ready for his jump at 9’6” at Patterson Community Stadium Wednesday, March 12.
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Senior Robert Ekwueme clears his next to last hurdle in his 300 meter event, finishing in second-place against Livingston. ---Photos by Randy Sawyer
Senior Robert Ekwueme clears his next to last hurdle in his 300 meter event, finishing in second-place against Livingston. ---Photos by Randy Sawyer
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The Patterson High varsity boys track and field team is beginning to show its true progressions as the local squad had a good showing against Western Athletic Conference rival Livingston High with a number of top finishes at Patterson Community Stadium Wednesday, March 12.

Coach Shellie Freres' boys contingent put a top three finisher in all 15 events while 10 different athletes took first-place honors in their respective events to lead the Tigers to a decisive 87-49 triumph over the Livingston Wolves.

In Wednesday's 110-meter hurdle race, Patterson's Daniel Kelepi was victorious with his time of 15.47 seconds, while teammate Robert Ekwueme (16.51) nabbed runner-up honors. Erick Mejia (18.32) finished third in the same event for the Tigers (1-0 WAC).

Patterson's Nathan Stanton raced to a 4:49.49 finish in the 1,600, edging teammate Antonio Venegas' time of 4:56.75. Julius Flores (5:00.01) completed the sweep for the Tigers.

The first-place winner in the 100 was Hunter Powers of Patterson, who finished in 11.26, while teammate Tristan Cherry (11.51) earned second. Ivan Barbontin (11.52) placed third for the Tigers.

Austin Luckert led Patterson in the pole vault with a mark of 10 feet, while teammates Daniel Arciniega and Jose Jaramillo both cleared the bar at 9-6.

Sean Kozina, Barbontin, Kelepi and Powers took first in the 4x100 relay with a time of 45.59.

Kelepi gave the Patterson boys a first-place finish in the triple jump, where he is ranked No. 5 in the Sac-Joaquin Section, finishing at 43-7. Teammate Francisco Martin (34-2) took second.

Kelepi was also first in the long jump (21 feet), while Kozina followed with a second-place leap of 18-7.

Stanton placed first in the 800 (2:08.48) and Nick Russell (127-3) took first in the discus.

Claiming the top two spots in the 200 were Kozina, who led Patterson with a time of 23.49, and Cherry, who claimed second place in 23.75.

Venegas (10:55.84) won the 3,200, while Tomas Virgen (10:56.69) followed behind in second.

Powers (45-1 1/2) finished first in the shot put competition, while Jesse Nuia (41-6) came away with second in the throwing event.

Ekwueme took second-place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.95. Teammate Mylek McDowell (55.76) finished third in the 400, and Lawyer McBride (5 feet) placed third in the high jump.

Varsity girls
Livingston 94, Patterson 43


Sarah Sanchez had a big day for the Tigers, racking up first-place finishes in the 110 hurdles (21.30) and the 300 hurdles (59.65). Sanchez also placed third in the 100 (14.27) and long jump (13-1).

Patterson's Lupe Ventura (5:45.71) led the field in the 1,600.

The Tigers benefited from victories by Irie Ama in the shot put (35-3 1/2) and in the discus (86-10). Gabby Maldonado of Patterson placed third in the shot put with a heave of 26-4.

Tyra Tate (7 feet) and Kendall Norfleet (7 feet) finished first and second, respectively in the pole vault.

Ruth Haro of Patterson (4-2) placed second in the high jump, while Anee Hooker (4 feet) finished third.

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