TURLOCK — With the school year reaching its conclusion, the Patterson High School track and field team suited up for their final push of the 2015 season.

A total of 13 conferences were represented at this year’s 2015 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and V championships, which were held at California State University, Stanislaus May 19 and 21.

The top five finishers in each event qualified to move on to the Masters Meet that will be held at Elk Grove High School May 28 and 29. In total, eight Patterson athletes successfully traversed the field to advance to the next event.

Senior Guadalupe Ventura (11:45.81) earned a fifth-place finish in the 3200-meter event. Cassi Land of Sonora High School took first place in the event (11:32.08), with Kaela Dishion of Bret Harte High School (11:37.92), Ellie Waters of Ripon High School (11:45.27) and Kim Ruvalcaba of Riverbank High School (11:45.62) following behind.

Senior Ivan Barbontin also qualified for the Masters Meet in the 110 meter, 39 inches hurdles event. Barbontin finished in fourth place (15.41) behind Darius Canada of Natomas High School (15.10), Isiah Johnson of Dixon High School (15.23) and Seth Gibson of Ceres High School (15.29). Garret Jones (15.47) of Forest Lake Christian finished in fifth place to round out the finishers that advanced.

The 4x100 relay team of Tristan Cherry, Mylek McDowell, Hunter Powers and Jamal Broussard (43.30) finished a hair length behind the first place relay team of Jordon Coats, Daniel Mcfadden, Brody Lambert and Devin Villarreal of Vacaville Christian High School (43.29) in a very tight race. Relay teams from Placer, Calaveras and Cordova high schools finished third through fifth behind the swift tandems from Patterson and Vacaville Christian.

McDowell was able to qualify for the Masters Meet in the long jump event. McDowell finished in fourth place (20 feet and 10 inches) in the event, punching his ticket to Elk Grove High. Josef Polk of Linden High School took first place (21 feet and 11 inches), with Tyler Clanin taking second (21 feet and 2 ½ inches) and Justice Shelton-Mosley taking third place (21 feet and 1 ½ inches). Finishing behind McDowell was Darius Canada of Natomas High School (20 feet and 7 inches).

Junior Esther Ekwueme qualified for the Masters Meet in two different events. Ekwueme bested the field of 25 athletes to finish in first place in the one kilogram discus event (130 feet). Following behind to round out the top five qualifiers were Tina Lao of Livingston High School (120 feet and 1 inch); Angela Gardella of Sonora High School (118 feet); Trinity Arriola of El Dorado High School (115 feet and 6 inches); and Karina Cajero (99 feet and 10 inches).

Ekwueme also had a strong showing in the four kilogram shot put event, finishing in third place (35 feet and 6 ½ inches). Lao of Livingston High took first (38 feet and 3 inches), with Julissa Reis of Cordova High following behind second place (36 feet and 5 ½ inches). Carley Fowler of El Dorado snagged fourth place (34 feet) and Lindsay Williams of Union Mine finished in fifth (33 feet and 8.75 inches).

Senior Ariyanna Cashen was the final Patterson athlete to qualify for the Masters Meet when she took second place in the triple jump event. Julia Gulchuk of Cordova High took first (34 feet and 7 ½ inches), followed by Cashen (34 feet and ½ inch); Jasmine Dean of Colfax High (33 feet and 10.75 inches); Bailey Maseda of Dixon High (33 feet and 4.75 inches); and Lailoni Gaines of Modesto Christian (33 feet and 4 ½ inches).

The Patterson athletes who successfully extended their season will be at Elk Grove High School for the Masters Meet May 28 and 29.

Roughly 119 schools from across the area will be represented at the Masters Meet. The top three finishers in each event will then qualify for the opportunity to compete at the Sate Meet, which will be held at Buchanan High School in Clovis on June 5 and 6.

Erick Torres can be reached at 892-6187 ext. 308 or erick@pattersonirrigator.com.

PI sports writer

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