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Track athletes shine at divisional meets
Turlock girls display dominance, Pitman’s Siebert remains fastest, TVL teams continue breaking records
Turlock track Olivia Walker
In individual competitions at last week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 meet, Turlock’s Olivia Walker defended her section title in the 400-meter dash and claimed the high jump crown. (SAMANTHA SCHMIDT/Journal file photo).

For the second consecutive year, Turlock High School’s girls track and field program lifted a blue banner.

At the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 meet at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs claimed first in the team competition with a score of 114. Coming in second was Bella Vista High with a score of 66. On the boys side, Turlock settled for second with a score of 69 behind champion Bella Vista and their score of 92.

The Bulldogs were led by the efforts of seniors Olivia Walker and Shaylan Roy-Williams. Walker defended her section title in the 400-meter dash, finishing in a career-best 56.02 seconds, while also claiming the high jump crown with a distance of 5-2. Roy-Williams won a section title in the long jump with a distance of 17-9 ½. Walker and Roy-Williams teamed up for a pair of relay races, helping win the 4x100 alongside Evelyn Ladine and Angel Trefry Bet George with a mark of 47.99 — a record for the group. The 4x400 team of Walker, Roy-Williams, Ava Torres and Zoe Lamur posted another best with a first place time of 3:55.44.

Also winning section title for Turlock on the boys side was Lester Stavrianoudakis with a 150-03 distance in the shot up and last year’s state runner-pole vaulter Max McFarlane, who won Friday’s competition with an even 16-0 distance. Stavrianoudakis also qualified for this year’s SJS Master meet, which will run Friday through Saturday at Davis High School, in the discus with a second-place hurl of 150-3. McFarlane also qualified in the high hump after achieving a sixth place distance of  20-9.

Pitman High senior Blayne Siebert, as he has done all season, shined brightest at the meet’s premier events, collecting a pair of section titles for the Pride in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

In last Wednesday’s divisional qualifiers, Siebert posted a 10.52 in the 100, which would have been a meet record if it weren’t for wind gusting over the legal limit of 2.0 meters per second. The Pitman sprinter followed the performance up with a time of 10.56 in Friday’s finals to defend his section crown and shatter the previous meet record of 10.77 seconds. He also set a meet record by .29 seconds in the 200, punching in a time of 21.29. The 21.29 mark also set a new Pitman record, besting the mark of 21.50 set by Joey Stout last year. Additionally, Siebert helped the 4x100 relay team of Sean Forte, Jonathan Williams and John Sylvester qualify to the Masters with a 43.37 sixth place time. Williams qualified individually in the 400, as did teammate Colvin Hamel in the 800. 

Also qualifying for boys events at the Masters meet was Turlock’s Steven Salazar in the 200 and 400, as well as in the 4x400 relay alongside Logan Petty, Ricardo Lacerda and Theodore Santos and the 4x800 relay with Santos, Petty, Angel Solis De La Cruz and Larson Wejmar. Wejmar qualified individually in the 3200. Shot put qualifiers were Turlock’s Juan Pablo Nevarez and Nelson Lozano, Pitman’s Lucas Arizona qualified in the discus, Turlock’s Justin Strode, Ricardo Lacerda and Jacob Gioletti each qualified with McFarlane as pole vaulters, Turlock’s Bradlee Greene and Pitman’s Jonathan Aho and Justin Anderson qualified in high jump while Turlock’s Cash Burton advanced in the triple jump. 

Other qualifiers on the girls side was Turlock’s Mylie Olson in the 800, as well as Turlock’s Maya Day and Pitman’s Avery Carlson and Aubrey Lascano in the 1600. Day and Carlson also qualified in the 3200. Carlson and Lascano teamed up with Emmerson Newton and Adelyn Persons to qualify in the 4x800 relay, as did the group of Olson, Day, Maguire Lima and Aubrey Webb. Turlock’s Cali Brem and Evelyn Ladine qualified in the 100 hurdles. Lamur and Pitman’s Nayeli Mattison qualified in the 300 hurdles. Turlock’s Haley Stiles and Emma Trevor qualified in the high jump. Brem and Turlock teammate Kayla Thompson joined Pitman’s Elisa Ocegueda in qualifying in the long jump. Pitman’s Saveena Gadri qualified in shot put. The Turlock trio of Brooke Schumacher, Alexi Sandoval and Bonnie Hayes each advanced for pole vault.

Hilmar High will be sending six to the Masters meet, all being runners from the girls team. 

Qualifying for multiple events Friday at the D-5 meet at Weston Ranch High in Stockton was Jayme Soares and Lilly Brewer. Brewer, a junior, became a section champion in the 400-meter with a time of 58.46 seconds — a school record. She also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. Soares, a senior, placed fourth in the 100 and 200-meter dashes with respective times of 12.89 and 26.80 seconds. Qualifying in the 100-meter hurdles was sophomore Alyssa Colston, who finished with a time of 17.18. 

Brewer, Soares and Colston teamed up with sophomore Itzel Loza to place second in the 4x100 relay.

Sophomore Sidney Logsdon qualified in multiple events with a second place finish in the 3200 with a time of 11:56.37 and a third place finish in the 1600 with a personal best time of 5:23.67.

The boys competitions saw strong showings from the Hughson program. 

Senior Larkin Meyer dominated the hurdle events, punching in a time of 14.86 seconds in the 110-meter race to set a D-5 meet record, just behind his personal best of 14.75 set last year. He also won the 300 hurdles with a school-record 41.23 time, and qualified in the long jump at 21 feet, 4 inches for fourth place. As part of the qualifying 4x100 relay team alongside seniors Ben Lighthall, David Delgado and junior Malakai Sumter. Sumter, a junior, also qualified in individual races, setting personal bests and school records in the 100 at 10.86 seconds and in the 200 at 22.24 seconds, finishing third in both races.

Case West joined the qualifiers with a second place finish in the pole vault with a personal best of 12 feet, 7 inches. The final boys qualifier was Levi Walker, who was fourth in triple jump. The only Hughson athletes to qualify on the girls side were the four members of the second place 4x800 relay team – Alejandra Gonzalez, Sophie Benham, Noeli Gomez-Orozco and Maggie Scarioni.