PHS track and field garners first-place finish at MJC Invitational
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Pole vault contestant Austin Luckert of Patterson soars high above the bar to place second with a jump of 10’06”.
Pole vault contestant Austin Luckert of Patterson soars high above the bar to place second with a jump of 10’06”.
Irie Ama of Patterson places sixth after throwing her discus 1 kg. Ama later went on to obtain first-place in the 4 kg shot put challenge.---Photos by Randy Sawyer
Irie Ama of Patterson places sixth after throwing her discus 1 kg. Ama later went on to obtain first-place in the 4 kg shot put challenge.---Photos by Randy Sawyer
By Randy Sawyer

For the Patterson Irrigator

Patterson High’s track and field ran circles around opposing teams to achieve a first and third-place finish overall on Saturday, April 5 at the annual MJC Track Invitational. Twenty-one boys and 19 girls from their respective varsity teams gathered from all over the central valley to place. Throughout the 12-hour competition, Patterson High’s boys claimed the No. 1 spot while the lady Tigers’ claimed the No. 3 spot in the competition.

The Tigers showcased their strong attributes with first-place finishes by Daniel Kelepi (15.18) and Nathan Stanton (10:01.14) in the 110-meter hurdle and 3200-meter race, respectively. Hunter Powers also placed first in the shot put 12-lb competition with a toss of 46’04.00.

The girls also garnered first-place wins thanks to teammates Irie Ama and Esther Ekwueme. Ama placed first in the 40kg shot put with a toss of 34’03.00, while Esther Ekwueme took first in the 1-kg discus with a throw of 105’06.00.

The following are the scores and placements of the Patterson Athletes starting with the Boys Varsity: In the 100-meter race, Hunter Powers placed fifth with a time of 11.41. Teammates Sean Kozina placed 11th with a time 11.58a, while Tristan Cherry placed 24th with a time of 11.97a.

In the 200-meter race, Kozina also took 11th with a time of 23.81a, while Lawyer McBride placed 27th with a time of 25.52a, and Tristan Cherry (28th) with a time of 25.71a.

The 400-meter race found Mylek McDowell finishing 7th with a time of 55.58a, along with Cherry taking 13th with a time of 57.83a. Daniel Linares also took 19th with a time of 1:00.51a.

In the 800-meter race, fifth place went to Julius Flores of Patterson with a time of 2:07.16a while teammate Antonio Venegas placed 10th with a time of 2:10.17a.

Venegas also went on to take 11th in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:52.55a. Julius Flores followed in 16th with a time of 5:02.01a.

Nathan Stanton won a first-place finish with a time of 10:01.14a in the 3200-meter race. Daniel Kelepi also took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.18a. In the 300-meter hurdles, Anthony Linares took 15th with a time of 1:00.95a.

Patterson placed second overall in the 4x100-relay with a time of 44.76a. The team, which consisted of Hunter Powers, Sean Kozina, Ivan Barbontin, Daniel Kelepi, barely missed first-place by .63a’s of a second.

In the 4x400-relay, members Mylek McDowell Daniel Linares and Tristan Cherry obtained a fifth-place stance with a time of 3:52.61a.

In the 12-lb shot put, Hunter Powers took first (46.04.00), Nick Russell 7th (38’11.0), and Nicholas Uribe finished in 25th (32’11.00).

Nick Russell also took 12th in the 1.6-k discus (128’02.00). He was joined by Nicholas Uribe of Patterson, taking 19th with a time of 87’08.00.

Lawyer McBride was the only Patterson competitor in the high jump; he claimed the 10th spot with a jump of 5’06”.

The Tigers’ joined the pole vault challenge, with Austin Luckert placing second overall (10’06.00). Jose Jaramillo followed in fourth with the same height, while Daniel Linares placed eighth with 9’06.00.

In the long jump challenge, Daniel Kelepi (20’02.50) garnered enough distance to take third while Mylek McDowell (18.06.00) and Francisco Martin (17’01.25) placed 12th and 17th. As for the triple jump challenge, sixth-place went to Daniel Kelepi (38’07.00) while Francisco Martin rounded 14th place (34’00.50).

Girls Varsity

Ruth Haro (14.15a) placed 25th and Tiana Barron (14.35a) placed 30th in the 100-meter dash. Haro also took 19th in the 200-meter race with a time of 29.55a. Anna Martin placed 22nd in 6:58.25a in the 1600-meter.

In the 3200-meter race, Guadalupe Ventura nabbed second with a time of 11:59.98a.

The lady Tigers made a very strong impression in the field events Saturday afternoon after winning six finishes within the top 10 finalists. Three of the Tiger qualifiers finished first-place in their respective division.

The first place shot put 4-kg went to Irie Ama with 34’03.00. Esther Ekwueme was fifth with a distance 32’02.00 while Gaby Maldonado took 14th with a distance of 24’07.00.

In the discus 1-kg event, the Tigers received another first-place finish when Esther Ekwueme sent the disc sailing for a distance of 105’06.00, beating the second-place contestant by a foot.

Irie Ama (99’01.00) and Gabby Maldonado (69’10.0) placed sixth and 13th, respectively.

In the pole vault trial, Kendall Norfleet (7’00.00) took second and Tyra Tate (6’06.00) placed fourth. In the long jump, Ariyanna Cashen (14’00.00) finished 10th while Tiana Barron (13’05.75) came in 12th. Ariyanna followed up her 10th place finish with a first-place win in the triple jump challenge (32’.05.00).

JV Boys

In the 100-meter race, Jamal Broussard placed third with a time of 11.97a. In the 4x400-relay, the team of Caden Johnson, Jamal Broussard, Tevita Kelepi and Kosi Ogbuli took sixth place with a time of 48.23a. In the 4x400-relay, Jamal Broussard, Santi Zuleta, Daniel Lagunas and Caden Johnson also placed (4:28.66a) sixth.

In the shot put challenge, Daniel Lagunas lugged 12-lbs 36’021.00, while Brandon Momanyi placed 21st with a span of 29’05.

In the high jump trial, Daniel Lagunas (5’02.00) placed 6th. Daniel Isquierdo of Patterson also placed 7th (8’00.00) in the pole vault challenge.

Wrapping it up with the triple jump is sixth-place Kosi Ogbbuli (34’09.00), Tevita Kelepi finishing 11th (33‘.03.50) and 13th going to Pierre Williams (29’05.50).

n Randy Sawyer is the temporary sports writer for the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at

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