The Patterson Tigers’ finished one of their last track meets against Los Banos High Wednesday, May 7, before propelling themselves into an individual competition on Saturday, May 10 at Patterson Community Stadium.
For the boys varsity, they locked up the WAC Championship and an undefeated season with a winning score of 101-33 against Los Banos, while the varsity girls lost a tight one, 61-65.
That brought an end to team competition. Now the runners move on to individual competition, which began this last Saturday May 10 at Patterson Stadium.
This meet determined which individuals moved on to Division Championships. Only the top three varsity finishers continued their season from this meet.
The top five finishers will move on to the Masters Meet at Stanislaus State University. Then the top three finishers from there move on to State Championships.
This is the third time in the last six years that the boys varsity have won the WAC Team Championship.
Daniel Kelepi set a new league record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.89, besting the next closest runner by almost two full seconds.
Patterson as a whole earned the most points out of the seven competing teams, and a lot of Pattersonites will be representing Patterson in the next meet. In the 800- meter race, Julius Flores took third-place with a time of 2:07259a.
In the 1600-meter, Patterson took two of the top three spots. First-place went to Nathan Stanton with a time of 4:37.46a, and third-place to Antonio Venegas, 4:47.01a.
In the 3200-meter, Nathan won the WAC Championship by an even larger margin with a time of 10:10.78a— a full 18 seconds before second-place finisher Ben Saldana of Central Valley. Stanton will be joined by third-place finisher Thomas Virgen, also from Patterson, with a time of 10:55.90a.
The team of Hunter Powers, Sean Kozina, Ivan Barbontin and Daniel Kelepi took second in the 4x100 relay with a time of 45.07a.
The varsity girls made some noise of their own on Saturday afternoon. Guadalupe Ventura took first-place in the 3200 Meter with a time of 12:25.50a. Sarah Sanchez took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.52a. To finish it off for the girls varsity, the team of Ruth Haro, Gaby Maldonado, Sarah Sanchez and Tiana Barron took second in the 4x100 relay with a time of 55.99a.
In the girls field events, Irie Ama threw the shot put well enough to take second with a throw of 35’81”. She also grabbed second with the discus throw with a distance of 95’3”. To wind it up, Ariyanna Cashen took first- place in the triple jump with a distance of 32’3”.
For the boys junior varsity team, it was their last competition for this season. Jamal Broussard took first in the 100-meter with a time of 11.56a—a new JV league record. Caden Johnson also placed first in the 200-meter with a time of 23.56a, also a new JV record.
Tevita Kelepi took second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.50a, while teammate Abel Ramirez took third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.68a.
The JV boys finished up by taking second in the 4x10 relay with a time of 48.66a. The team consisted of Caden Johnson, Jamal Broussard, Tevita Kelepi and Kosi Ogbuli. With the same set of four (except for one change, Tevita Kelepi out and Daniel Lagunas in), they took third-place in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:05.53a.
Up next for the track individuals, Division Championships on Tuesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 22 at Stanislaus State University. If they continue to place in the top spots, they will move on to sections at Oak Hill High School in Hesperia, and then on to the State Championships.
Randy Sawyer is the temporary sports writer for the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at RandySaw1@gvni.com.