Hurdlers head local SJS Masters qualifiers

 Adonis Siga has his eyes set on a return to the California Interscholastic State Championships.

Lathrop High’s senior hurdler is among the Manteca-area athletes competing in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet Friday and Saturday at Davis Senior High.

The top eight finishers from preliminary heats — heat winners and four next best times — advance to Saturday’s finals.

The 4×800, boys pole vault, girls high jump, boys triple jump, girls shot put and girls triple jump finals will all take place Thursday. The 1,600, 3,200, girls pole vault, boys high jump, girls discus, girls

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Genesis Mailangi of Manteca throw the shot during the Timberwolf Invitational at Sierra.
– photo by Dave Campbell

long jump, boys shot and boys long jump finals are on Friday.

The top three placers and others who hit at-large qualifying standards earn berths to the state meet.

Siga made state in the 300-meter hurdles last season and finished 13th in the prelims. He enters his third SJS Masters appearance ranked fourth in the 110 hurdles and second in the 300. The three-time SJS Division IV champ in both events helped Lathrop garner its first-ever Section boys title last week.

The Spartans repeated as girls champions. Lathrop’s boys and girls teams have Masters qualifiers in every relay event.

Other notable qualifiers from Lathrop are divisional pole vault champion Gavin Miller, divisional triple jump champion Moira Ramones, sprinting standout Janessa Ward (100, 200) and Alyvia Galano in the pole vault.

SJS Division V girls hurdles champion Starla Skiles of Ripon has ranked times in both hurdles, as well, and is on the Indians’ qualifying 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Also in the hurdle events are twins Abigail and Alexandra Chapman. They’re the Sierra record holders in their events. Abigail is ranked fifth in the 300 hurdles and the reigning SJS Division III champion. Alexandra qualified in the 100 hurdles, and both are are part of the Timberwolves’ 4×400 relay.

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Sierra’s Anthony Grady leaps into the long jump put in a Valley Oak League dual against Manteca.

Anthony Grady claimed the D-III triple jump title and also advanced to Masters in the long jump. Sierra’s boys 4×800 of Tristan Crowe, Christian Gonzalez, Landen Nabb and Ernesto Pacheco are seeded eighth out of 25.

Manteca’s Genesis Mailangi is ranked in the top 10 in both the shot put and discus. She captured the Division III shot put title last week.

Sprinter Julian Moncada advanced to the 100-meter final as a sophomore last year and enters this week’s Masters prelims ranked No. 6 in the event. Divisional champ Jayden Scarver is ranked fifth in the 400. He and Moncada are part of the Buffaloes’ sixth-ranked mile relay.

Oscar Angel (1,600), Jada Ikharo (triple jump) and Christopher King (shot put) are other Buffaloes headed for Davis.

East Union’s program-record quartet of J.P. Abrew, Jackson Fay, Anthony Morales and Cesar Salinas have the ninth-ranked time in the 4×100. Fay has also qualified in the individual 100.

Sebastian Arrizano (shot put) is East Union’s lone qualifier in field events.

Ripon has the most individual qualifiers among area schools.

Joining Skiles are the likes of D-V 800 champ Jenna Skavdahl and divisional triple jump champ Marcus Madoski, who is also in the high jump.

Eric Guevara (pole vault), Austin Wood (discus), Devin Fitzpatrick (1,600; 3,200), Jade Thommes (pole vault) and Dru Orlando (long jump) round out the Indians at Masters.

Representing Ripon Christian are Leah Van Wyngarden in the 100 hurdles and freshman Christiana Lambdin in the discus.

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Ripon’s Starla Skiles, center, and Leah Van Wyngarden of Ripon Christian, left, head for the finish line in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V 100-meter hurdles.

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