For the Patterson Irrigator
On Saturday, April 12, the Patterson High Track team traveled to another invitational, this time in Hughson. The location was different but the result was the same with the boys varsity team coming away with another first-place finish out of 18 teams.
A few of the performances that helped put them into that position was Hunter Powers, who had a great day with finishes of fourth in the 100-meter race and first in the 4x10-meter relay. The team also consisted of Mylek McDowell, Ivan Barbontin and Daniel Kelepi. Hunter also took first in the Shot Put with Nick Russell, also taking first in the discus.
Daniel Kelepi also made his mark on the score card by placing first in the triple jump, 110-hurdles, and 4x100-race. He placed fourth in the long jump challenge.
Nathan Stanton also took first with teammates Antonio Venegas, Julies Flores and Thomas Virgin in the distance Medly.
Nathan also took second in the 1 mile run and the 3200-meter race, respectively.
Mylek McDowell also placed third in the 400-meter, fourth in the 4x400-relay and first in the 4x100 relay.
Julies Flores placed sixth in the 800-meter, fourth in the 4x400-relay and first in the distance medly.
Robert Ekwueme placed placed in the high jump, while Austin Luckert placed fourth in the pole vault.
Erick Mejia placed fifth in the 110-hurdles and Evan Barbontih took fourth in the 300- hurdles.
Varsity Girls Track:
The girls had their share of great showings as well. Irie Ama was first in the shot put challenge, while teammate Esther Ekwueme placed right behind her in second-place.
Tiana Barron also took a first-place in the long jump. The girls also recieved a first place win from Ruth Haro for high jump.
Gabby Maldonado took third in the discis, while Sarah Sanchez took second in the long jump.
Kendall Norfleet and Tyra rounded it out for the varsity team with a second and third showing respectively in the pole vault challenge.
Brandon Momanyi placed first in discus, while Kosi Ogbul placed first in the triple jump and first in the long jump.
Pierre Williams placed third in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Terita Kelepi took two second-place finishes in the triple jump and the long jump. The JV boys rounded it up with two more first-place finishes with Cadcen Johnson in the pole vault and Daniel Lagunas in the high jump.
Randy Sawyer is the temporary sports writer for the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at RandySaw1@gvni.com.