Wolf Pack senior takes fourth, advances to Masters
by Bob Brownne
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West High senior Margaret Southards runs the 300-meter hurdles Friday, May 10, at the Tri-City Athletic League championships at Edison High in Stockton. Southards won the 100 hurdles and placed second in the 300 hurdles. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
West High senior Margaret Southards runs the 300-meter hurdles Friday, May 10, at the Tri-City Athletic League championships at Edison High in Stockton. Southards won the 100 hurdles and placed second in the 300 hurdles. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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West High senior Ernest Turner sprints around the track at Edison High in Stockton on Friday, May 10, on his way to a win in the 400-meter dash. It was one of two individual events, including the triple jump, that Turner won on Wednesday, May 8, and Friday, May 10, at the Tri-City Athletic League championships. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
West High senior Ernest Turner sprints around the track at Edison High in Stockton on Friday, May 10, on his way to a win in the 400-meter dash. It was one of two individual events, including the triple jump, that Turner won on Wednesday, May 8, and Friday, May 10, at the Tri-City Athletic League championships. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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West High senior Ernest Turner will advance to the San Joaquin Section Masters meet after a fourth-place finish in the triple jump Wednesday, May 15, at the SJS Division I trials at Elk Grove High.

His distance of 44 feet, 2.25 inches propelled him to next week’s masters meet on Thursday May 23, and Friday, May 24 at Elk Grove High.

More athletes from West and Tracy High schools aim to qualify as the Division I meet continues Friday, May 17, with more field events and the final heats in track events.

Turner advanced to Wednesday’s meet by grabbing gold medals in both the triple jump (44-4) and the 400-meter dash (51.02 seconds) at the Tri-City Athletic League championship meet at Edison High in Stockton on May 8 and Friday, May 10.

After winning the 400 Turner said his strategy was to push hard at the start and then let his momentum carry him until he got into the second turn. There, he launched into a full-throttle sprint to pass Edison High runner Anthony Tisdale.

“The guy in front of me, he gave me a lot of incentive,” Turner said. “I didn’t want to lose to him.”

West senior Margaret Southards led the varsity girls with a win in the 100-meter hurdles (15.82) and second place in the 300 hurdles (49.26).

Southards said she had looked forward to the 100 hurdles, where she was the No. 2 seed behind Tokay High’s Jannell Hadnot.

“I knew it was going to be a battle, so I was working up the past few weeks to prepare for this moment here,” Southards said.

She expected to improve her speed and pace between hurdles as she advanced to the next level of competition: the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I meet on Wednesday, May 15, and Friday, May 17, at Elk Grove High School.

Other TCAL gold medalists from West were senior pole vaulter Daniel Baratta (13-0), senior shot putter Travis Santarina (44-3.25) and junior pole vaulter Juliana Schobey (8-0).

West’s five gold medalists are among 19 individual athletes, in addition to two varsity girls relay teams, competing at the Division I meet this Wednesday and Friday in Elk Grove.

West’s varsity teams placed third in the team scoring — the girls (108) behind St. Mary’s (152) and Tokay and the boys (104) behind Tokay (144) and Stagg (108).

West freshman-sophomore girls (169) won their division at the TCAL meet and finished as league champions, undefeated in league dual meets.

The freshman-sophomore boys placed second at the TCAL meet (126), sharing the league title with St. Mary’s (141).



San Joaquin Athletic Association

Tracy High sophomore Nate Jones was the Bulldogs’ top performer at the San Joaquin Athletic Association championships on May 8 and Friday, May 10, at Bear Creek High in Stockton.

Jones won the varsity boys 100-meter dash (10.82) and 200-meter dash (22.18) and was Tracy’s only SJAA varsity gold medalist.

He is competing at the SJS Division I meet this week at Elk Grove High. On Wednesday, May 15, Jones qualified to compete in the finals Friday, May 17, in the 100 (10.97) and the 200 (22.62).

Seven athletes from Tracy’s varsity girls team are also competing at the division meet.

Both varsity teams placed fifth at the SJAA meet, with Lodi the girls champion and Lincoln the boys champion.

Tracy’s freshman-sophomore girls placed second behind Bear Creek. The freshman-sophomore boys were fourth, with Lincoln in first.



Kimball at Division IV

Kimball athletes competed at the Division IV meet this week, with final heats on Thursday, May 16, at Sierra High in Manteca. Results of those events were not available at press time.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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